Jonatan A. Lassa

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I currently teach interdisciplinary dimension of humanitarian emergency and disaster management at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia. See my teaching portofolio here!. I am currently associated with CDU Australia, NTS-RSIS NTU Singapore, RDI Indonesia, IRGSC Indonesia and Risk Frontiers, Australia. 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). In brief, these two post mark the beggning of serious academic career after 15 years of experiences as professional, trainer and 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 enginering, 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 organisations, private sector, think tanks and consulting industry as well as academic organisations.

My research focus includes understanding macro and micro level disaster governance, institutions and institutionalisation 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 aroud the world responding to disaster risks. See my current research projects!

At the moment, I am welcoming honours/master/PhD supervision on the following topics: 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, models and frameworks in urban adaptation mainstreaming, critical realist approach to disaster policy making. I also welcome different ideas for future research.