Cahyo Pamungkas was born on 11 September 1975 in the village of Wareng, Purworejo, Central Java, Indonesia. He graduated from the Department of Economics and Development Studies at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta (Indonesia) in 1999. Between 2000 and 2002, he worked at the Economic and Social Institute for Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) Jakarta. Since 2003, he has worked as a researcher of social sciences at the Research Centre of Regional Resources (PSDR), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
Between 2003 and 2005, he conducted research on separatism and the formation of nation states in the Philippines and Thailand. In addition, he conducted studies on the relationship between ethno-religious groups in Maluku and Papua. From 2005 to 2006, he received the Asia Public Intellectual (API) fellowship from the Nippon Foundation to do a study on “The Effectiveness of Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in Coping with the Separatism and the Role of National Reconciliation Commission of Thailand in Peace Building.”He continued his graduate education and received Master of Science in Sociology in 2008 from the Postgraduate programme of Sociology, the University of Indonesia. His field work in Jayapura for his research thesis entitled “Papua Muslim and special autonomy, contestation of identity among the people of Papua,”was funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Germany. Between 2005 and 2008,together with his colleagues in LIPI, hemade a study on the separatist conflict of West Papua. In 2008, they published a book entitled “Papua Road Map” that became a reference to resolve the conflict. In September 2015, he finishes his Ph.D. studies in Social Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). His dissertation entitles: “intergroup contact avoidance in Indonesia.”
The history of the labour movement in South Korea 1947-1997: The role of blue collar and white collar workers, Jurnal Sosiologi Masyarakat, Vol. 16 , No. 2 - Juli 2011.
Religion, ethnicity, and political changes in Maluku: Theoretical and historical reflection, Jurnal Masyarakat Indonesia, No. 1, 2014.
Dispute between native Papuans to the customary right in Kaimana, Masyarakat, Kebudayaan dan Politik Vol. 29, No. 2, tahun 2016, hal. 79-93.
Globalisasi dan global village dalam diskursus: Catatan penutup. Artikel bagian dari buku, Indonesia, Globalisasi, dan Global Village (M. Hisyam & C. Pamungkas, Eds.)., hal. 611-627. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia.