Nurman Nowak is a PhD-student and is engaged in the study of the social and political functioning of collective cultural identities. His regional focus is urban Indonesia and Malaysia.

Nurman was an undergraduate of Asian Studies at the Univeristy of Bonn and obtained his master degree in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Passau. For his master thesis he conducted research among indigenous activists in Peninsular Malaysia to study the (re-)construction of indigenous “Orang Asli”- Identity.

Fall 2016 – spring 2018 Nurman worked as a project manager in an oversea-office of a German political foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, and discovered an interest in urban affairs. His current research is an ethnographic study on the (re-)construction of collective cultural identity among the “urban poor” in the context of social conflicts in North Jakarta.