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Wild Cities, Smart Cities: Building a Sustainable Future through Urban Governance - Dr Sophie Webber SSEAC Stories

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With two megacities and strong economic growth, Indonesia has seen dramatic rates of rural-urban migrations. According to the World Bank, nearly 70 percent of Indonesia's population are expected to live in cities by 2045. While this transition has undoubtedly boosted the country's economic growth, it has also brought to the fore all the challenges that come with rapid and uncontrolled urbanisation. From traffic congestion to informal settlements, lack of clean water and waste management services, and widespread flooding, Indonesia's cities suffer significant human and economic costs, and are now highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Dr Sophie Webber (University of Sydney) speaks with Dr Natali Pearson about urban governance, and how urban resilience is being rolled out as a policy solution for cities such as Jakarta and Semarang in Indonesia, that are trying to adapt to the many shocks and stresses associated with urbanisation and climate change.

About Dr Sophie Webber:
Sophie is a human geographer, who conducts research about the political economies of climate change and international development assistance, principally in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. In particular, Sophie studies how 'truth' (knowledge claims and expertise), 'capital' (financial flows and investments), and policy packages structure relations between the minority and majority worlds. Methodologically, this research requires relational fieldwork, examining how climatological and developmental crises and problems are interpreted, storied, and managed, both by local and governmental authorities, as well as by distant international experts such as the World Bank. Read more about Sophie’s work on her academic profile at: https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/about/our-people/academic-staff/sophie-webber.html. Please email Sophie at sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au to receive any of the publications about this work.

Sophie has been researching urban resilience and smart cities with several geographers and urban scholars, including Professors Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard, Dr Patrick Bigger, and Dr Sophia Maalsen.

With two megacities and strong economic growth, Indonesia has seen dramatic rates of rural-urban migrations. According to the World Bank, nearly 70 percent of Indonesia's population are expected to live in cities by 2045. While this transition has undoubtedly boosted the country's economic growth, it has also brought to the fore all the challenges that come with rapid and uncontrolled urbanisation. From traffic congestion to informal settlements, lack of clean water and waste management services, and widespread flooding, Indonesia's cities suffer significant human and economic costs, and are now highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Dr Sophie Webber (University of Sydney) speaks with Dr Natali Pearson about urban governance, and how urban resilience is being rolled out as a policy solution for cities such as Jakarta and Semarang in Indonesia, that are trying to adapt to the many shocks and stresses associated with urbanisation and climate change.

About Dr Sophie Webber:
Sophie is a human geographer, who conducts research about the political economies of climate change and international development assistance, principally in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region. In particular, Sophie studies how 'truth' (knowledge claims and expertise), 'capital' (financial flows and investments), and policy packages structure relations between the minority and majority worlds. Methodologically, this research requires relational fieldwork, examining how climatological and developmental crises and problems are interpreted, storied, and managed, both by local and governmental authorities, as well as by distant international experts such as the World Bank. Read more about Sophie’s work on her academic profile at: https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/about/our-people/academic-staff/sophie-webber.html. Please email Sophie at sophie.webber@sydney.edu.au to receive any of the publications about this work.

Sophie has been researching urban resilience and smart cities with several geographers and urban scholars, including Professors Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard, Dr Patrick Bigger, and Dr Sophia Maalsen.

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