The theme of the May 2017 Australia-Indoensia Leaders Program is ‘Future Cities’. Our partner universities will present courses, workshops and site visits centred around the shared challenges for both nations.

The University of Sydney

“The Role of Urban Planning in Future Cities”

The role of urban planning is critical to addressing the challenges faced by cities in our region that are currently unequipped to deal with forthcoming extensive urban growth. Presenters in this course will explore different aspects of the role of planning and future cities, examining the divergent methods of settlement and giving fresh insights into the potential for urban spaces to enhance our lives. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a city in transition and to critically assess the role of urban planning in managing growth without devaluing the urban lifestyle.

Bandung Institute of Technology

“Future Cities and Sustainable Development in Indonesia”

Sustainable Development, a notion combining the issues of Environment and Development was first highlighted in the UN commissioned Bruntland Report (“Our Common Future”, 1987). Since then, a lot has happened: climate change, demographic shifts both in composition and locations, economic progress and inequities, planetary boundaries and un-accounted-for externalities were ‘trending topics’ at different times.

One key issue that embraces the many concerns is the issue where and how people work and live, and more specifically Cities. Cities, looked at as a ‘standalone’ landscape, in relation to its hinterland, and in relation to other cities in a networked world, become an exciting topic for many sustainable development pundits.

The course aims to provide the participants with a better understanding on where the discourse is on the issue of Future Cities, providing example of attempt to transition from current state to a better one, and exploring the possibility of using networked cities to achieve better result.

Monash University

“Water Sensitive Cities and Future Cities Frameworks”

Cities and their communities are complex and dynamic systems that constantly evolve under the burden of population, climatic, and societal change. A city of the future is a place where we imagine a complex, stratified and specialised society in a developed urban setting. But how will a city of the future differ from a city of today? Water is central to the health of cities: we need clean water; we need to prevent disease from wastewater; and we need to deal with the challenges of storms and flooding. This is a challenge faced by both Australia and Indonesia.

This course will take you on a journey to discover how urban design can support leapfrogging to water sensitive cities of the future and develop an understanding of the transaction costs that will shape the cities of the future.

The University of Melbourne

“Policy Hackathon: Future Cities – Exploring Collaboration in Urban Governance”

As large-scale urbanisation reshapes Indonesia and Australia, policymakers need to think creatively about how to manage disruptive challenges for urban communities. From transport infrastructure and service delivery in water to social inclusion and community engagement, effective governance requires coordinating the expertise of different sectors and policy areas. With relevant skills and knowledge in both countries, the policy framework for future cities is an opportunity to deepen Australia-Indonesia relations.

This course will invite the participants to experiment with new ideas in an all-day “policy hackathon” with guidance from expert consultants and the Asialink Diplomacy Lab. This learning activity will reflect on the key insights from other courses in the Leaders Program and workshop proposals for improving future cities. Participants will develop and refine their ideas in breakout groups, and pitch them to the Director of Asialink Diplomacy.

The course will begin with a seminar on design thinking to encourage creative thinking and problem solving. Professional experts will share insights with the participants, surveying the challenges and opportunities for future cities policy in both countries. Building on research in Water, Transport, Human Capital, these presenters will help to facilitate workshops which allow the participants to exchange insights and provide feedback from their experience in business and policymaking.

During this visit participants will have the chance to hear from leading experts in entrepreneurship and future cities. Participants will also tour the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, a digital gateway housed at the University of Melbourne to see the latest application of data-led research to modern infrastructure and urban planning.

Australian National University

“Renewable Energy, Urbanization & Environmental Change, and Urban Water Security”

The ANU course will focus on the contributions of ANU researchers to sustainable cities globally, nationally and locally; and will explore the energy and water dimensions of sustainability in Canberra, the national capital, in conjunction with staff from relevant agencies and businesses.

ANU researchers have played prominent roles in urban sustainability nationally and internationally for more than 35 years, beginning with the ANU Urban Research Unit (1966-1999), led for much of that time by Professor Patrick Troy; and Professor Stephen Boyden and colleagues’ groundbeaking 1981 study “The ecology of a city and its people: the case of Hong Kong (ANU Press). Professor Xuemei Bei now leads successor research programs in the Fenner School of Environment & Society.

Canberra is Australia’s largest inland city, and the largest in Australia’s largest river catchment, the Murray-Darling Basin. The Australian Capital Territory Government has made nation-leading commitments to both water and energy sustainability. The 2014 ACT Water Strategy “aims to deliver security of water supply, improved water quality and catchment health, and a ‘watersmart’ community.” The 2011 ACT Sustainable Energy Policy seeks to delive secure and affordable energy, smarter energy use, cleaner energy, and growth in the clean economy. In 2016, the ACT committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2020. These initiatives were infomed by and developed in partnership with ANU researchers who will contribute to the course.