Professor David Henley holds a PhD in Human Geography from the Australian National University. He has been Professor of Contemporary Indonesia Studies, Leiden University since 2010. He was a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) between 1993 and 2011. He is member of Boards of Advisors to numerous research development programmes, including: CHATSEA (The Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia), Université de Montréal; the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Knowledge Platform 'Growth and Equity'; and Van Vollenhoven Instituut en Adatrechtfonds van Vereniging KITLV. He is also member of editorial boards to various journals, Moussons: Social Science Research on Southeast Asia, Itinerario: European Journal of Overseas History.
David Henley was the coordinator for Asia at the Tracking Development project from 2006 till 2012.
He now leads the Regimes origin and incentives research stream of the ‘Initiating and Sustaining Developmental Regimes in Africa' project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.