This Strategic Research Project consists of six highly interlinked and interdisciplinary sub-projects expanding and applying current work on the ‘Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) index’ to the Indonesian city context, to help develop a strategy for the fast transitioning to more sustainable futures of Indonesian cities.
The WSC Index tool will be refined to help assess the urban water conditions across the cities of Surabaya and a city of Greater Jakarta. This will also be able to map similarities and differences between Indonesian cities on the one hand, and Melbourne on the other (the WSC index tool being applied to Melbourne and Perth as a part of current work funded by CRC for Water Sensitive Cities).
The comparative analysis will help identify the challenges and opportunities for these cities to leapfrog. In this way, the work will critically inform the socio-technical analysis for the development of ‘Leapfrogging pathways’; this includes applied socio-technical research that will develop necessary technical solutions, governance models and a range of possible scenario pathways tailored for the selected cities.
The development of leapfrogging pathways will be done through direct collaboration between Indonesian and Australian academics and industries, leading to the formation of active ‘Learning alliances’, and unique ‘Urban design and demonstration’ practice-based forums. These last two activities will play an essential enabling role with the transformation of Indonesian cities and towns into water sensitive cities.