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My research emerged from the rise of ‘rights-based to development’ in which encompassed citizens to participate in policy and planning process. The disintegration between planning policies and community participatory practices in improving the public infrastructure continues to ensue within informal settlements. My primary focus, however, is to research the relations of this phenomenon of community participation and urban governance between the informal urban fishing communities and the state. 

My research aims to understand the synergies between participatory practices of state-led and community-driven initiatives as well as the tensions between the two approaches in shaping the public infrastructure and services in coastal communities. 

It examines how the provisions of state-led initiatives compared with the communities’ experiences as well as the explorations of the formal and informal relations in shaping the communities and further contextualise local-level participatory planning and its implication towards urban development in urban-rural Indonesia. 


BA (Architecture) Surabaya, M.Eng (Housing and Human Settlement) Surabaya

I completed my first degree in Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Surabaya, Indonesia. A year prior to completing the degree, I was awarded a scholarship from the university for a joint masters’ postgraduate scholarship. Following the completion of my masters’ degree in 2013, I worked full time as an architect in an architectural consulting firm in Surabaya for two years. Additionally, I worked part-time as a research assistant at the Laboratory of Housing and Human Settlements in the Department of Architecture of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember. Development and informal communities have been my primary focus of research. I have helped on research in the laboratory, most notably in helping on joint research with the laboratory and UNESCO. 

In 2014, I received a short internship program (Ando Program) funded by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and organised by Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX). As a trainee, I also participated in various training from the Japanese construction firm, Obayashi Corporation. 

After working for two years I was awarded a government-funded scholarship from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) for doctoral studies. I joined The University of Manchester in 2015 as a PhD candidate in Planning and Environmental Management. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Engineering, Fisher Settlement as an Integral Part of Waterfront, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember


Award Date: 21 Aug 2013

Bachelor of Architecture, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember


Award Date: 2 Aug 2012

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Informality
  • Community Participation
  • JS Local government Municipal government
  • Development Planning
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Governance


  • Urban Development
  • Community Participation
  • Informality
  • Governance
  • Informal Settlements