Can Indonesia Incrementally Reduce its Disaster Risks? Some Recent Findings


Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:15pm to 6:00pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100N, Cambridge, MA

Jonatan LassaJonatan Lassa, Indonesia Research Fellow, Ash Center

About the Seminar
In this talk, the fourth in the 2010/2011 Harvard Disaster Management in Asia Seminar Series, Dr. Jonatan Lassa will present key findings from his research on disaster risk reduction efforts in Indonesia. Currently a Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program Research Fellow, Dr. Lassa received his Ph.D. in geoinformation from the University of Bonn (Germany). He has more than 10 years of work experience with various civil society organizations, including those focusing on disaster governance issues.

Sponsored by the Program on Crisis Leadership, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program

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About the Speaker
Jonatan Lassa is an interdisciplinary scientist focused on institutional and human dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. He has qualifications in civil engineering, development studies, environmental policy, and social science. He holds a master’s degree in environment and international development from the University of East Anglia, U.K., received his Ph.D. in geoinformation science from the University of Bonn, Germany, and was a Ph.D. researcher based at the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in civil society organizations (including United Nations agencies) and in the disaster governance sector. As an Indonesian Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School for the Spring 2011 semester, Lassa’s research will focus on the role of institutions and governance in the (dis)integration of climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction. His research hypothesizes that there are missing links and volatility in both horizontal and vertical governance of Indonesia.