Dr Stuart Robson

Professor Stuart Robson was born in Sydney, and studied at the University of Sydney (BA 1962, MA 1966) and the University of Leiden (the Netherlands) (DLit 1971). He worked in Indonesia, New Zealand and the Netherlands before taking up the position of Associate Professor of Indonesian at Monash in 1991. He took early retirement in 2001, and is at present Adjunct Professor in Indonesian Studies at Monash. He has specialised mainly in the field of Javanese language and literature, and has made a number of translations from Old Javanese, the most recent being an English translation of the Old Javanese Ramayana, published in Japan in 2015.

For more than 40 years he has pursued interests in Javanese, Old Javanese and Classical Malay, and has many publications to his name in these and related fields.

Stuart is married to Prateep Changchit (PhD Monash, 1997), a teacher of Thai and artist.


  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Sydney, in Indonesian and Malayan Studies, 1962.
  • M.A. (Hons.), University of Sydney, in Indonesian and Malayan Studies, 1966 (Classical Malay).
  • D.Lit., University of Leiden, 1971, dissertation on a Middle Javanese text.