Prof. Dr. Imam Santosa is a professor at Jenderal Soedirman University from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. Born in Sleman, October 1, 1961, he finished his undergraduate education from the Department of Sociology, Gadjah Mada University. He then finished his masters degree in Rural Sociology and doctorate degree in Development Extension at Bogor Agricultural Institute.
Focusing the research on community development, Prof. Dr. Imam Santosa has received many research grants, including:
- The Toyota Foundation: Grant for Young Researchers (1990)
- Ministry of Research and Technology: Humanitarian and Social Research (RUKK) (2003-2004)
- DRPM Dikti - Ministry of Education and Culture: Young Lecturer, National Strategic Research Grants, Competitive Grants, Fundamental Research, Competency Grants and Basic Research (1991 - present).
Prof. Dr. Imam Santosa’s latest research entitled: “Challenging the Reciprocity Theory of G.C. Homans & P.M. Blau on Contemporary Social Relations between Land Owner Farmers and Farm Workers" is an attempt to explore the various forms of contemporary relations, the nature of relationships and the nature of relationships between land owners, sharecroppers, tenant farmers and (waged) farm workers. and agricultural workers. Besides, the research is also to see trends and changes in relationship patterns and the nature of the relationship. It was found that the relationship between farmer groups in areas close to urban areas will be more rational, whereas the nature of the relationship in terms of reciprocity between the two in rural areas far from urban centers will be stagnant.