Welcome to Jonatan Lassa’s Site!


I currently teach interdisciplinary dimension of humanitarian emergency and disaster management at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia. See my teaching portfolio here! I am currently associated with CDU Australia, NTS-RSIS NTU Singapore, RDI Indonesia and IRGSC Indonesia. Prior to Senior Lecturer position at CDU Australia, I served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Non-traditional Security Studies, RSIS, NTU Singapore (2014-2016). In brief, these two posts mark the beginning of serious academic career after 15 years of experiences as a professional, a trainer and a consultant. Please see my background prior to these, here!

By training, I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with an engineering background! I have been trained in human and policy dimension of disaster management research, civil engineering, development studies, environment and sustainable development, climate adaptation, food security, sociology of knowledge, humanitarian studies and network theory. I have been studying and working in the following countries: Germany, USA, Singapore, Indonesia, UK and Australia. I have gained real world professional experience with third world NGOs, INGOs, United Nations organizations, private sector, think tanks and consulting industry as well as academic organizations.

My research focus includes understanding macro and micro level disaster governance, institutions and institutionalization of disaster risk reduction, disaster recovery, food system under changing climate and complex network theory application in disaster studies (including the use of big data in disaster studies and climate adaptation). My doctoral research has been one of the first systematic studies on disaster governance, looking at how institutions and governance practice around the world responding to disaster risks. See my current research projects!

At the moment, I have been working on critical realist approach to disaster policy making, systematic analysis of disaster code/laws (Indonesia and Australia), global mapping on political will for disaster reduction, governing climate and disaster loss, social network analysis and network theory application in climate adaptation and disaster management, multi-hazard + conflict early warning system, humanitarian reform, humanitarian technology, institutional vulnerability assessment, local disaster management policy reform, global and regional humanitarian ecosystems, NGOs/CSOs network structure, urban climate governance, disaster education, food system under climate change and critical realist approach to disaster policy making.

For Prospective HDR Students, I Welcome PhD students for the following topics

  • Trans-boundary Water Risk Governance (e.g.governance and institutional dimension of trans-boundary haze in ASEAN) or Indonesia-Timor Leste river-basin management.
  • Understanding long-term recovery trends in Southeast Asia [at >30 years timescale]
  • Long term observation of community-based and/or community-led disaster risk management practices in ASEAN.
  • Disaster risk governance and decentralization in Southeast Asia including Myanmar and Indonesia
  • Using network theory to understand disaster governance in Asia – Pacific
  • Social network analysis and crisis leadership
  • Governing climate change adaptation in urban / rural settings as well as agriculture and livestock sectors
  • Seismic culture in Indonesia
  • Global thinkers and theorists on disaster studies
  • Object-oriented ontology and critical disaster / risk studies
  • Disaster policy making and reform in developing countries
  • Governing big-data and complexity methods for disaster risk reduction