She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Sciences, the University of Melbourne with a dissertation titled Multi-level transitions in the community forestry system for development in Indonesia, a Master of International Development from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.
In her study, she applied systems of innovation theory to understand multi-level transitions in the governance of community forestry in Indonesia. She also studied the governance of water management in Jakarta, and the political economy of climate change.
Heni is a Research Associate at SMERU. She was involved in the Diagnostic Study of the education system in West Nusa Tenggara Province.
Heni has a strong local knowledge on policy processes in Indonesian context built from her previous experience as a Program Officer, and also a Young Scholar Officer, in Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership (AIGRP), an international development project managed by Australian National University funded by AusAID, and other previous work experiences including with a reputable national media.