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About Jonatan Lassa

Educational History

Current Academic Position

2011 – Postdoctoral, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

2007/2010 – PhD  (Dr. Ing) –  Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Faculty of Agriculture – University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2005 – MSc in Environment and Development, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia,  Norwich, United Kingdom

1999 – BSc in Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, WM Catholic University, Indonesia

Senior Lecturer in Emergency and Disaster Management at College of Indigenous Future, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Adjunct Research Fellow Center for Traditional Security Studies at RSIS , Nanyang Technological University

Research Fellow, Earth System Governance

Senior Advisor at Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change

Senior Research Fellow at Indonesia Resilience Development Initiative

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 organisations, private sector, think tanks and consulting industry as well as academic organisations.

My contributions to the global disaster studies include macro and micro level disaster governance,  complex network theory application in disaster management, institutions and institutionalisation framework in disaster reduction. My doctoral research has been one of the first systematic studies on disaster governance, looking at institutions and governance practice in disaster reduction in the countries around the world. I am now on two projects. First is to conduct global assessment of political will on disaster risk reduction using quantitative approach; Second is about understanding the evolution of disaster risk management policy from selected counties using longitudinal observation.

My research focus includes understanding macro and micro level disaster governance, complex network theory application in disaster studies, institutions and institutionalisation of disaster risk reduction, disaster recovery and food system under changing climate. 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 risk. See my current research projects!

I currently teach interdisciplinary dimension of humanitarian emergency and disaster management at Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia. See my teaching portfolios here! Prior to my post with 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 beginning of serious academic career. Please see my background prior to these, here!

After completing my postdoc at Harvard Kennedy School (2011) and ICRM NTU 2012, I went back to West Timor, Indonesia where I mainly worked as a consultant and practitioner in the fields of disaster management evaluation, urban and rural climate adaptation and NGOs studies. Together with West Timorese scholar-activist, we established a local think namely institute of Resource Governance and Social Change, where we made several experiments on how to run a think tank from remote region, targeting policy and academic debate as well as facilitating social change.

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.

Professional Training and Other Research Education

  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Higher Education, Charles Darwin University, Australia [2017/2019]
  • Executive Education in Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA [2011]
  • Nutrition Under Climate Change – Potsdam Summer School of International Nutrition, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2015.
  • Food Security, Water and Climate, Summer Course, Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 2013.
  • Global Governance and Regionalism, Garnet PhD School IX – Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 2009 [3 ECTS]
  • End to End Disaster Early Warning Systems, ADPC Bangkok, Thailand [2008] [80 hours face to face interaction].
  • Interdisciplinary Research [Module 1] and Social Science [Module 2] Research Methods, Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, 2007/2008. circa 50 ECTS-Credits.
  • International Humanitarian Law by British Red Cross, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK [2006]
  • Disaster Management Course 29th Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, AIT Bangkok, [2002] [120 face to face interaction].
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