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Sonia Roitman on Inside Indonesia discussing the social impacts of Indonesia’s new capital development

New article published in Inside Indonesia by UQ|UP Sonia Roitman, Peter Walters (UQ, Sociology), Imam Ardhianto (Anthropology, UI), Rusli Cahyadi (Anthropology, LIPI and UQ|UP Alumni) about the social impacts of the development of the new capital city (Nusantara, also known as IKN -Ibu Kota Nusantara) in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The development of the IKN is the most ambitious project of the Indonesian government. It is the legacy project of president Joko Widodo and is expected to be inaugurated in August 2024. While this new city has many advantages, and will help to alleviate environmental and social problems in Jakarta, the current capital, the new development is also creating some social problems in Kalimantan.

This article provides an overview of findings from a collaborative research project between The University of Queensland (UQ), Universitas Indonesia (UI) and the National Research and Innovation Agency (LIPI) in Indonesia. The project is funded by the UQ Global Engagement Seed Funding.

You can access the article here.