David began studying Indonesian during his undergraduate degree in 2008. In 2011, he completed his honours thesis on Indonesian foreign policy strategy for which he was awarded the University Medal from Flinders University. David is currently completing a PhD in International Relations on the role of domestic politics in Indonesian foreign policy alignment. His research interests include the domestic politics and foreign policies of Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students in International Relations and Asian Studies at both Flinders and Adelaide University. David recently completed a book chapter to be published in 2016 on Indonesia and the Indo-Pacific regional construct.
David has visited Indonesia a number of times since 2013; he was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Student Conference at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in Bandung in January 2013. In the first semester of 2014, he studied at INCULS, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta where he also observed and wrote about the Indonesian legislative and presidential elections of that year. David conducted preliminary research at the National Archives in Jakarta in December/January 2014 and plans to complete his research next year. He will once again be in Yogyakarta this summer.