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IWP Research Seminar

Water, Water Everywhere: Toward Participatory Solutions to Chronic Urban Flooding in Jakarta

Jakarta has entered an era of chronic flooding that is annually affecting tens of thousands of people, most of whom are crowded into low-income neighbourhoods in flood-prone areas of the city. As the greater Jakarta mega-urban region approaches 30 million population and the sources of flooding become ever more complex through combinations of global climate change and human transformations of the urban landscape, government responses to flooding pursued primarily through canal improvements fall further behind rising flood risks. Years of field observation, archival and ethnographic research are brought together in a political ecology framework to answer key questions concerning how government responses to flooding continue without significant participation of affected residents who are being compelled to relocate when floods occur. How do urban development processes in Jakarta contribute to chronic flooding? How does flooding arise from and further generate compound disasters that cascade through Jakarta’s expanding mega-urban region? What is the potential for neighbourhoods and communities to collaboratively respond through socially and environmentally meaningful initiatives and activities to address chronic flooding? This paper was awarded the Holland Prize as the best paper in 2015 by Pacific Affairs, a prestigious international journal on economic and social issues in Asia Pacific.
Seminar Room 3-4,
Manasseh Meyer Building
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469E Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Mon 1 August 2016
12:15 PM - 01:30 PM

Dr. Rita Padawangi

Dr. Rita Padawangi

Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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Prof. Mike Douglass

Prof. Mike Douglass

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Prof. Robert Wasson

Prof. Robert Wasson

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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