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Resilience of New Cities in Indonesia

Urbanisation has resulted in the proliferation of new city development - especially in the global South. These new cities provide hope for better living conditions as well as economic opportunities. New cities are often built “from scratch” which alters the social and ecological systems of the areas where these cities are located. Furthermore, new cities have been marked with increasing private developments that may result in segregation of people in the city as well as changes in how cities are managed. What do these observed trends mean for the resilience of these new cities in light of global issues such as climate change? In addition, how can we further improve the resilience of these new cities given these trends? 

To answer these questions, we aim to study new city projects in Indonesia as a case study and determine the changes to their social-ecological systems and its governance as a result of these developments. We  then will connect the empirical evidence to urban resilience - i.e. how cities adapt or transform in light of disturbances and pressures such as climate change. Outcomes of this research may help us to understand the implications of new city developments on urban resilience as well as to reflect on how we can move forward towards more resilient urban futures. 

Project leads: Perrine Hamel, Fairul Edros

Call for Collaborators: 

We are looking for local collaborators working on new urban developments in Indonesia to contribute to this project. We hope to engage a wide range of collaborators from different stakeholders in Indonesia - academics, developers, consultants, and government agencies. Specifically, we hope to get insight on the planning processes of these new city developments and how they could possibly be linked to resilience. 

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Distribution of new city developments as highlight in Indonesia’s national government’s mid-term development plan, RPJMN 2015 - 2019

[Credits: Google Earth] 

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Satellite imagery highlighting land cover change between 2015 to 2019  in Kecamatan Maja, Banten province. These land cover changes in Maja is attributed to the development of the new city of Maja as noted in the national government’s mid-term development plan, RPJMN 2020 - 2024  

[Credits: Google Earth Engine]