Sonia Roitman and colleagues receive KONEKSI grant from DFAT

We are very excited to share that we got a new research grant from KONEKSI (Knowledge Partnership Platform Australia – Indonesia). This is a new grant scheme funded by DFAT (Department of Fair and Trade), Australian Government, that aims to strengthen the development of knowledge-based solutions for inclusive and sustainable policies and technologies.

After a very competitive application process with over 600 Expressions of Interest, our project is one of the 38 successful projects. The project is titled: ‘From technical to socio-ecological pathways for climate change adaptation: analysis of floods in Semarang’. It aims to increase the sustainability of infrastructure-oriented solutions to flooding, providing an assessment framework to improve the knowledge and understanding of the direct and potential impacts of such infrastructure adaptations in Semarang on the livelihoods, socio-economic conditions, and longer-term sustainability of the diverse communities involved. The design of this framework is an innovative approach to address the current negative impacts of some technical interventions, using qualitative methods. The project will contribute to policy and tools that encourage inclusive and sustainable development and facilitate knowledge sharing between Semarang and Brisbane.  

The project is led by UQ|UP A/Prof Sonia Roitman from UQ. Other researchers include: A/Prof Wido Prananing Tyas and Prof Wiwandari Handayani from Universitas Diponegoro, A/Prof Ron Johnstone from UQ, Mr Budi Prakosa from Semarang City Government and Ms Sarah Stanilewicz from Brisbane City Council. The project starts in July 2023 for 12 months.

For more information on KONEKSI and the successful grants, visit the website.