Dr. Saiful Mahdi, S.Si, M.Sc
Tentang Saya (About Me)
I am a statistician by training with both BS and MS in Statistics and a Ph.D in Applied Econometrics in Regional Economics and Planning. My area of interest includes Disaster Statistics, Official Statistics, Social Statistics, Demography, Survey Methods, Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis, and Quantitative Social Science (QSS) in general. I have taught graduate classes and supervised graduate students' thesis in Statistics, Applied Statistics, and Regional Economics, while regularly teaching undergraduate classes in Statistics, Applied Econometrics, Statistical & Total Quality Control, Official Statistics, Social Statistics, Disaster Statistics, Marketing Research, Demography, and Public Policy Analysis. In the post-2004 Aceh tsunami, however, I have also been learning about disaster and the "sociology of disaster" and relating them with my experiences and learnings on conflict, peace, and development. In these fields, I have been studying many issues, from social capital, community development, and regional planning, to environmental issues. Born and raised in Aceh, which used to be a protracted conflict area for 30 years, and is still very much a disaster-prone region, I study development in a critical and multi-discipline approach. Yes, I am definitely a T-shaped person. So, don't get confused with my study and curiosity in many different fields. But you sure will find numbers in many of them, should you have so much appetite for number crunching.
A Cornell, UVM, and ITS Surabaya Alumn. With a Ph.D. in Regional Science focusing on Applied Econometrics from Cornell University's City and Regional Planning; an MS in Statistics with a Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Vermont, and a BS in Statistics from ITS Surabaya, I have never learned enough. So I am proud to be a lifelong seeker of knowledge and wisdom from anyone, any school, any media, and beyond. I served as the founding and First Chair of the Statistics Department at Universitas Syiah Kuala. I was also the former Founding Executive Director of the International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies (ICAIOS); and, Co-founding Director of The Aceh Institute, was the deputy director of the Center for Social Sciences and Cultural Studies (PPISB) of Syiah Kuala University, and still serve as a researcher at ICAIOS and The Aceh Institute. A positivist by training (can not be more positivist than as a statistician, can I?), a post-positivist by learning, and a humanist by understanding (at least trying to).
I have worked with and been a consultant to several local, national, and international institutions. I was Head of Mission/National Coordinator for UNIFEM (now UN-Women) in its post-2004 Tsunami Programs in Aceh. I was the co-coordinator for a multi-year research project, The Aftermath of Aid (AoA), managing more than 100 team members from universities in Aceh with ICAIOS and NTU-EOS Singapore in 2012-2017. In 2018, I was a visiting professor at Nagoya University, before I served as a member of Forum Masyarakat Statistics (FMS), a 23-member advisory body for the Indonesian National Statistics Office (BPS) and National Planning Agency (Bappenas) in 2019-2020.
Zurnila Marli Kesuma, Saiful Mahdi, Selvi Mardalena, 2019, Identifying Determinants of Child Malnutrition Using Spatial Regression Analysis, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 506, , doi:10.1088/1757-899X/506/1/012051.
Jamie W McCaughey, Patrick Daly, Ibnu Mundir, Saiful Mahdi, Anthony Patt, 2018, Socio-economic consequences of post-disaster reconstruction in hazard-exposed areas, Nature Sustainability, 1 , 38–43, 2398-9629.
Patrick Daly, Agus Halim, Divya Hundlani, Ezra Ho, Saiful Mahdi, 2017, Rehabilitating coastal agriculture and aquaculture after inundation events: Spatial analysis of livelihood recovery in post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia, Ocean & Coastal Management, 142, 218-232, 0964-5691.
McCaughey, Jamie W.; Mundir, Ibnu; Daly, Patrick; Mahdi, Saiful; Patt, Anthony, 2017, Trust and distrust of tsunami vertical evacuation buildings: Extending protection motivation theory to examine choices under social influence, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 462?473, 2212-4209.
Saiful Mahdi, 2007, To Return or Not: Social Capital as Determinants to Return among Women IDPs in Aceh, Masyarakat Indonesia, No. 1, 161-164, 01259989.
Saiful Mahdi, 2005, Calang: The Influence of Humanitarian Aid, Indonesia, 79, 161-164, ISSN, 2164-8654 (Online); 0019-7289 (Print).
Saiful Mahdi & Iwan Jaya Azis, 1999, Modeling Output-Price Relation in Post-Tsunami Recovery in Aceh, Kebencanaan, AIWEST-DR TDMRC Unsyiah, Banda Aceh, 1999, Banda Aceh, TDMRC Unsyiah, 0, .
Arfiansyah, Fakhriati, Reza Perwira, Cut Dewi, Eka Srimulyani, Era Nopera Fauzi, Ibnu Mundir, Saiful Mahdi, 2021, Mitigasi Bencana Dalam Masyarakat Aceh: Pengetahuan, Tradisi, dan Perubahan, Jakarta, Litbangdiklat Press Bekerjasama dengan Puslitbang Lektur, Khazanah Keagamaan, dan Manajemen Organisasi, dan Yayasan Pusat Penelitian Aceh dan Lautan Hindia (ICAIOS)., 2021, 9786-236-925-287.
Abdul Aziz ... Saiful Mahdi [et al.] ; Penyunting, Damar Fery Andriyan, Zakki Amali, 2021, Matinya Kebebasan Berpendapat: Ketika Para Korban UU ITE Bertutur, Kudus, Parist (Paradigma Institute), 978-602-0864-78-5.
Arfiansyah, Cut Dewi, Eka Srimulyani, Era Nopera Rauzi, Fakhriati, Ibnu Mundir, Reza Perwira, Saiful Mahdi, 2019, Peran Kementerian Agama dalam Mitigasi Bencana di Aceh, Jakarta, Puslitbang Lektur, Khazanah Keagamaan, dan Manajemen Organisasi Kementerian Agama RI, 978-602-0821-40-5.