Michael Buehler is an Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He specializes in Southeast Asian politics with particular reference to state-society relations during democratization and decentralization. He published a book with Cambridge University Press titled The Politics of Shari'a Law: Islamist Activists and the State in Democratizing Indonesia and several articles in disciplinary and area studies journals. He has also contributed to Aljazeera, Inside Indonesia, The Diplomat, The Financial Times, and New Mandala.
Michael Buehler has consulted on aid effectiveness, corruption eradication, public procurement reform and other governance issues for, among others, the Asia Foundation, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Transparency International, the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, the World Bank and the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Switzerland. He also frequently provides political risks evaluations for private sector companies operating across Southeast Asia and is a regular contributor to news briefs on political and economic developments in the region for Oxford Analytica, a business consultancy company.