Towards Urban Resilience in Indonesia

Simone Sandholz, Karl-Michael Höferl, Christian Obermayr

Vertiefungsrichtung Entwicklungsforschung (Ws13/14 to SS15)

Elective focus area: Development Geography

 Kampung in Yogyakarta

The Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience and other international initiatives state the high hopes put into resilience as a new development strategy for urban areas. Beside smaller differences, nearly all of these initiatives understand urban resilience as the ability of urban areas to deal with existing and/or future stressors, shocks and change.

Main goal of the study project is to assess and develop kampung-based strategies for adaptive governance towards resilience. Focusing on two study sites in Yogyakarta and Surakarta students try to find out how citizens and municipal administrations try to deal with existing and future stressors, shocks and change. Hence, the question what kind of adaptive governance strategies these actor groups use to persist, adapt and/or transform local conditions and livelihoods will be central.

In the Yogyakarta case study kampung-based strategies for dealing with flood risks and economic transformation processes will be assessed. The long lasting cooperation between the Institute of Geography and the Faculty of Geography, Gadjah Mada University enables Austrian and Indonesian students to jointly work on this case study.

In Surakarta students will evaluate the midterm impacts of a relocation programme for informal settlements to reduce their exposure to floods. Like in the Yogyakarta case study the students will work on this topic together with students from the Department of Social Sciences Education, Sebelas Maret University.

Further information on the study project under: http://vertiefungindonesien2014.wordpress.com/

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