- Master in Anthropology, University of Indonesia
- Bachelor in Anthropology, University of Indonesia
Rusli has been working as a researcher at the Human Ecology Department, Research Centre for Population, Indonesian Institute of Science since 2000. He also works as a part time lecturer at Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia and Tourism Vocational Program at University of Indonesia since 1997.
Rusli currently pursues research related to the impact of climate change, in addition to urban issues primarily related to the urban poor, housing, and environmental conditions.