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Dr. Jonatan Lassa
Senior Research Fellow

Cluster : DCR


Research Interest

Disaster risk management, climate change adaptation.


Dr Lassa’s research focus includes understanding macro and micro level disaster governance, complex network theory application in disaster studies, institutions and institutionalisation of disaster risk reduction. His doctoral research has been one of the first systematic studies on disaster governance and emergency management, looking at institutions and governance practice in disaster reduction in the countries around the world. At the moment he has been working on disaster risk management policy from counties countries around the globe. [See his blog for most updated version of his work!]. His teaching philosophy can be found in the link Teaching Philosophy. Starting from 2017, for DEM513 teaching (on Crisis Leadership) he partially adopts Harvard Case Study model that he learned during his time at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow. His professional academic career started in 2014. After completing his postdoc research in mid-2012, he worked as a consultant in the field of disaster management, climate adaptation and NGOs studies mainly in Indonesia. He has been studying and working in the following countries: Germany, USA, Singapore, Indonesia, UK and Australia. He has gained real world professional experience with local organisations (Indonesia), United Nations organisations, INGOs, private sector, think tanks and consulting industry as well as academic organisations. He welcomes 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.

Education Timeline

  • 2010-2011 PhD (Dr. Ing)

    Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Faculty of Agriculture - Univesity of Bonn.

  • 2004-2005 Master of Science

    University of East Anglia, School of Development Studies Norwich, United Kingdom.

  • 1993-1999 Bachelor of Engineering

    Facultiy of Engineering, Widya Mandira Catholic University, Indonesia.

Working Experiences Timeline

  • - Consultant

    Situational Analysis of Disaster and Climate Change Risks Impact to Children in West Java, Resilience Development Initiative, Bandung. Field Location: West Java Prov, Kab. Garut, Kab. Bandung, Kota Bandung. Main Tasks: (1). collect secondary data on disasters and climate change of West Java. (2). collect data by interviews to Provincial Government Departments, Local Government Departments, focus group discussions to community, focus group discussions to people.(3) Identify needs, problems and challenges of disaster and climate change impacts to children. (4). Propose sets of recommendation for Save the Children Programs.

  • - Lead Program

    Developer and Trainer for Empowering Community Program UPI Development of Tourism Village in Subang 2014, to prepare, develop and implement program for community development especially youth and children in the Sagala Herang Village.

  • 2014 Lead Researcher

    Event Planning Study for Bandung Planning and Development Agency, 2014 to prepare, develop and implement research on role and effect of Event Marketing on Bandung City.

  • 2013 - 2014 Program Developer and Trainer

    Empowering Community Program UPI Development of Tourism Village in Panjalu Village Ciamis 2013- 2014,to prepare, develop and implement program for community development especially young people and children in the Panjalu Village.

  • 2013 Communication Specialist

    Merangin Geopark Project in 2013, developing program with the local community, collaborating with local government and international Unesco Global Geopark Network Officials to prepare the Merangin Geopark for membership in the GGN.

  • 2013 Lead Program Developer and Trainer

    Green Young Entrepreneurship Program for UPI Community Empowerment Program 2013, to prepare, develop and implement program for community development especially young entrepreneur in Bandung.

  • 2013 Lead Researcher

    Tourism Planning Document for Bandung Planning and Development Agency, 2013 to prepare, develop and implement research on Tourism of Bandung Municipality.

  • 2011 Lead Program Developer and Trainer

    Creative Young Entrepreneurship Program for UPI Community Empowerment Program 2011, to prepare, develop and implement program for community development especially young entrepreneur in Bandung.

  • 2012 Lead Researcher

    Research on the UPI’s Gender Profile (Survey on UPI’s Academic Community) for the Center for Research on Women Studies and Art/Culture at LPPM UPI in Bandung, she is one of the lead researcher in the study. Therefore she has the task to design the research proposal, implement the research and develop the research report.

  • Februari 2011-August 2011 Technical Assistance

    GIZ project on development of Guidelines for GHG emission reduction Action Plan, the project location is in Bandung, Jakarta, Bogor and Yogyakarta.

  • April-June 2010 Ms.Ayu Krishna was involved in the research

    Titled Practical Review of DRR Investments in Recent Natural Disasters in Indonesia was conducted, where she was one of the researchers to examine if gender was mainstreamed in DRR Investments at West Java and West Sumatra. In this research some responsibilities held was to developed research methodology on gender mainstreaming in DRR investments, design research questionnaire on gender in DRR, conduct filed survey in the form of interview with DRR actors such as government, NGO, CBO and beneficiaries, analyze data and develop research report for OXFAM. The project was carried out in West Java (Banjar, Pangandaran, Garut, Tasikmalaya, Bandung) and West sumtra (Padang, Parimanan). She was also responsible for organizing and facilitation for OXFAM’s National and Local Workshop.

  • 2009 Project Conducting Action Research

    Earthquake Mitigation for elementary schools, where she develop research proposal, implement research, develop training material and conduct training for school communities at based in Bandung and Soreang CDM-ITB at a UNCRD.

  • 2006-2008 Technical Assistance

    Muhammadyah and Nadhatul Ulama under the LPPM-CDM-ITB funded by AusAID. The role for her in this project is to conduct interventions: Provide guidelines, directions, data support to NU and MHD for preparation of proposals, Developing awareness of CBDRM process within NU and MHD for management and Project Management Unit organizations through workshops and training, Technical assistance and facilitation for developing strategic plan for CBDRM program development in NU and MHD,Technical support and assistance in developing CBDRM training modules and materials, Conduct training of trainers for CBDRM process of NU and MHD, Provide assistance in supervision of implementing CBDRM pilot projects in selected target areas. For NU in DKI Jakarta (Jakarta Province), Magelang (Central Java), and Jember (East Java Province). For MHD in Padang (West Sumatera Province), Bengkulu (Bengkulu Province), Garut (West Java Province), and Bantul (Central Java Province).

  • 1999 Experience in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, and Gender Studies

    starting to work in DM 1999 Indonesian Urban Disaster Mitigation Project (IUDMP-ITB) collaboration between ITB-ADPC funded by USAID.

Master thesis/research project supervision

  • Angelo Paolo L Trias - CDU MEDM Research Project – Global and regional humanitarian and DRR ecosystem network] [2016/2017] [Lead-supervisor] [Completed]
  • CDU MEDM Research Project – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their application for use in Emergency Management [2016/2017] [Lead supervisor]
  • CDU MEDM Research Project - Long-term impacts of a natural disaster on student learning outcomes: Exploring the New Zealand 2010/2011 earthquakes [Lead supervisor]
  • CDU MEDM Research Project - Long term evolution of disaster risk management policy in Myanmar (2017/2018)

PhD supervision:

  • Nanda Kaji Budhathoki [Economic and health impact of heat stress in low land Terai region of Nepal] [NI – CDU] [Co-supervisor]
  • Jacquelyn Escarcha [Developing climate-smart technologies and practices for enhanced adaptive capacity and resilient dairy buffalo sector of the Philippines] [NI – CDU] [Co-supervisor]
  • Mujiburrahman Thontowi [Governance and decentralization of multi-hazard early warning system in Indonesia] [Starting 2018/2021] – Funded by LPDP Scholarship.
  • Bobby Rahman [Integrating Spatial and Disaster Management Planning: Toward Urban and Regional Resilience in Indonesia] – Engineering Science, KU Leuven, Belgium [External Examiner]

Measuring political will on disaster risk reduction – Global mapping [CDU EHSE Research Grants 2017 and RSIS Singapore [in Kind/Staff Support]].

Why countries succeed or fail in reducing disaster risks? Longitudinal observation of disaster management policy in >100 countries [Independent research].

Disaster risk reduction policy audit in ASEAN member states at RSIS NTU (PI – since 2016)

RSIS’s Climate change and food security Project; Food stockpiling policy in ASIA project 2014-2016 [co-PI] [this is a S$1.5m project, assessing climate change impacts on 9 commodities in 14 producer countries)

IIED London – Research Grants – Joint with John Taylor (Kota Kita Foundation) – US$ 20k [2014-2015] [Co-PI]

Social Inclusion in Indonesia: Understanding Theory of Change of Program Peduli from 68 CSOs in Indonesia [A Qualitative study using Qualitative Analysis Software atlas.ti (ASIA Foundation) [PI]

Mapping Social Network of NGOs in Indonesia [National and Local Scales] DFAT’s NSCC R&D [PI]

USAID’s Meta-assessment of vulnerability assessment in disaster risk and climate adaptation context – A study from 400 locations in 12 provinces in Indonesia. See PDFlinks [PI, lead author 2014]

UNICEF Indonesia – Research grants [for IRGSC/Circle Indonesia – US$ 50k [2013] [PI]

ACF French – Water and Sanitation Studies in Timor – US$ 18k [2013] [Co-PI]

'Policy research organisational network in Indonesia: Mapping Indonesian think tanks using social network analysis’ - ASIA Foundation – AusAID Knowledge Project [PI]

LWR USA – Climate Smart Agriculture Project – US$ 5k [2013] [PI]

ACCCRN Indonesia – Rockefeller Foundation Climate Change Project – US$ 20k [2012-2013] [PI]

Emergency’s Capacity Building (ECB) Project’s best practices on disaster risk reduction in 6 Provinces in Indonesia 2011 [PI]

  • Lassa, Jonatan. "Institutional Vulnerability and Governance of Disaster Risk Reduction: Macro, Meso And Micro Scale Assessment." PhD Diss., University Of Bonn, 2011

  • Peer reviewed Papers Published
  • Fisher, R and Lassa J. 2017. Interactive, open source, travel time scenario modelling: tools to facilitate participation in health service access analysis. International Journal of Health Geographics, 16(1):13. doi: 10.1186/s12942-017-0086-8.
  • Lam, SLJ. and Lassa, J. 2017. Risk Assessment Framework for Exposure of Cargo and Ports to Natural Hazards and Climate Extremes. Maritime Policy & Management, 44:1-15. DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2016.1245877
  • Teng, P., Lassa, J., Caballero-Anthony, M. 2017. Climate change and fish availability. COSMOS, the Journal of the Singapore National Academy of Science, 12(1):1-15 doi: 10.1142/S0219607716500026.Further Information
  • Lassa, J., Lai, A. and Goh, T. 2016. Climate extremes: an observation and projection of its impacts on food production in ASEAN. Natural Hazard, 80:
  • Lassa JA. 2015. Post Disaster Governance, Complexity and Network Theory: Evidence from Aceh, Indonesia After the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004. PLoS Currents Disasters. 2015 doi: 10.1371/4f7972ecec1b6.
  • Lassa, JA and Nugraha E. (2015) “From Shared Learning to Shared Action towards sustainability: Experience from Building Urban Resilience in the City of Bandar Lampung, Indonesia”. Environment and Urbanisation 27(1):161–180 [Sage]. doi: 10.1177/0956247814552233
  • Teng, P., Caballero-Anthony, M. , Lassa, J. and Nair, T. 2015. Towards Asia 2025: policy and technology imperatives. Summary of the main findings of the second international conference on Asian food security held in Singapore on 21–22 August 2014. Food Security 7(1):159-165. doi: 10.1007/s12571-014-0415-8
  • Taylor, J and Lassa, J. 2015. How can Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments best impact policy and planning?: Lessons from Indonesia. IIED Asian Cities Climate Resilience WP Series, No 22/2015: 1-33.
  • Lassa, J. 2013 Disaster Policy Change in Indonesia 1930-2010: From Government to Governance? “ International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. Vol 31(2):130-160 (2nd Oldest world disaster journal)
  • Lassa, J. 2010. “Strategic group formation for carbon governance in Indonesia after the Indian Ocean tsunami 2004.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 1(2) pp.28-39 [Springer] doi: 10.3974/j.issn.2095-0055.2010.02.004
  • Haynes, K., Lassa, J., Tower, B. 2010. “Child-centered disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: Roles of Gender and Culture in Indonesia.” Children in Changing Climate #2, Institute of Development Studies, UK.
  • Lassa, J. 2008. “Measuring sustainability of tsunami early warning systems: an interdisciplinary research agenda.” Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 185-192. [Taylor and Francis] doi: 10.1080/17499510802369140.

  • Forthcoming / Work in Progress
  • Lassa (forthcoming) "The Private Sector and Non-Government Organizations in Disaster Risk Reduction" - Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Natural Hazard Science. [Reviewed]
  • Lassa J. - When Institutionalisation Means NGOnitation? Sustaining Climate Risk Governance in Indonesian Cities. [Reviewed]
  • Nugraha E. and Lassa, J. Exogenous and Endogenous Forces in Climate Change Adaptation Policy Making in Developing Countries. Disaster Prevention and Management [Reviewed]
  • Lassa et. al. 20 Years of stories of risk governance from a dryland village. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies [Reviewed]
  • Lassa and Sembiring, Exploring DRR-CCA-Development Convergence in ASEAN: A Baseline Assessment. [Submitted]
  • Lassa, J. et. al. (forthcoming) A Post-Disaster Monitoring Study of Education In Emergencies Following the DKI Jakarta Flood 2013 [Disasters] [To be submitted]
  • Understanding the Networks of Laws and Regulations: Preliminary Analysis of Disaster Management Laws in Indonesia and Australia [work in progress]
  • Network of actors and incentives for disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific [with Trias, and Surjan A.]
  • Measuring political will on disaster risk reduction – A global and regional mapping

  • Books and chapters in books
  • Taylor J. and Lassa, J. 2017. Learning from climate change vulnerability assessments in Indonesian cities. In: Archer, D. Colenbrander, D. and Dodman, D (eds.): Responding to Climate Change in Asian Cities: Governance for a more resilient urban future. Routledge.
  • Lassa, J. and Lai, A. 2017. Microfinance in Water and Sanitation Services - Identifying best practices. In: Julien Chaisse (eds.): Charting the Water Regulatory Future Global challenges in water and sanitation. Edward Elgar.
  • Teng, P. and Lassa, J. 2016. Food Security (as Non-Traditional Security Issue). [In Caballero-Anthony et. al. (Eds) From human security to non-traditional security: Concepts, Issues and Cases. Chapter 7. ISBN 1473966140 [Sage]
  • Lassa J. Ed. Emergency Rapid Need Assessment – Training Modules for Facilitator and Student Versions. Edited for ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management Center. – Latest Version 2014. (editor and drafter)
  • Lassa, J et. al. 2014. What are the Roles of Civil Society in Governing Disaster Reduction in Indonesia? in Fahmi et. a. Government and Communities Achieving Common Goals. Chapter 11 IRSA Book Series 2014.
  • Lassa J. and Nugraha E. 2014. Building Climate Change Resilience in Bandar Lampung City, Indonesia in Fahmi et. a. Government and Communities Achieving Common Goals. Chapter 16 IRSA Book Series 2014.
  • Lassa, J. 2011. The roles of CSOs in disaster reduction in Indonesia: National and Local Case Study. A chapter in Book by LIPI, published in Nov 2011.
  • Lassa, J. 2010. "Disaster governance" in Penuel, K. Bradley; Statler, Matthew and Golson, J. Geoffrey, Thousand Oaks CA: SAGE Publications, Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief, pp. 113-114.
  • Lassa, J. 2010. "Risk governance" in Penuel, K. Bradley; Statler, Matthew and Golson, J. Geoffrey. Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief, Thousand Oaks CA: SAGE Publications. pp. 612-613.
  • Lassa, et. al. 2009. Community based disaster risk reduction – a guide book, Grasindo, Jakarta, 80p. (co-authored with Paripurno, E. T., Pristianto, J., Magatani, A., Purwanti, H., and Pujiono - in Bahasa)
  • Lassa, J. 2009. “Indonesia’s government must protect its citizens from famine” In Henningfeld, DA. Ed. Famine: Global View Point Gale Publication. p.148-153.
  • Lassa, J. 2006. Evaluation of disaster governance in Indonesia: 2004-2006, in Fatah, E.S. Ed. (2006) Puisi Indah, Prosa Buruk – Evaluasi Dua Tahun Kebijakan SBY-Kalla, SDI-Rekatama Media Bandung, pp. 323-354. ISBN: 979378223-4.

  • Research Report , Policy Brief and Non-Referred Papers Research Reports (Selected)
  • Lassa, J. 2017. Understanding gaps and opportunities in ASEAN humanitarian systems. In: Cook, ADB (eds.): HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT – IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ASIA-PACIFIC. NTS RSIS NTU Singapore. 4-11. PDF
  • Lassa, J and Sembiring, M. 2017. Towards Policy Integration of Disaster Risk, Climate Adaptation, and Development in ASEAN: A Baseline Assessment. NTS Insight, No. IN17-01 (Singapore: RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies.
  • Impact of climate change on rice security in India, Thailand and Vietnam. NTS Report, NTS RSIS NTU Singapore. June 2016, with With Paul Teng and Mely Cabalero-Anthony.
  • Impact of climate change on food production: options for importing countries. Policy Brief May 2015 - RSIS Singapore. With Paul Teng, Mely Cabalero-Anthony and Goh Tian.
  • Public Stockpiling and Food Security. Policy Brief May 2015 - RSIS Singapore. With Mely Cabalero-Anthony, Paul Teng and Maxim Shrestha and Tamara Nair.
  • Lassa, J. et. al. 2014. Assessing climate change adaptation in Indonesia: A review of climate vulnerability assessments conducted by USAID/Indonesia partners (2010-2013). Final Report to USAID, Washington. [Principal Investigator]
  • Lassa, J. ed. 2014. Climate change impact on food security in Southeast Asia. Special Report. NTS RSIS - ERIA.
  • Lassa, J. A. 2012. ‘Emerging ‘Agricultural Involution’ in Indonesia: Impact of Natural Hazards and Climate Extremes on Agricultural Crops and Food System’, in Sawada, Y. and S. Oum (eds.), Economic and Welfare Impacts of Disasters in East Asia and Policy Responses. ERIA Research Project Report 2011-8, Jakarta: ERIA. pp.595-634.
  • UNECSO’s Global Evaluation Report – Global DRR Program – Report to HQ Evaluation Office. 2010
  • Lassa, J. Ed. 2009. The DNA Code of risk: why vulnerability matters! A civil society response to the draft guidelines for disaster risk assessment of Indonesia. International Peer Reviewed Advocacy Paper, For OGB & Indonesian CSOs.
  • Political will for disaster reduction: what incentives build it, and why is it so hard to achieve? B Wisner, G Kent, J Carmalt, B Cook, JC Gaillard, A Lavell, M Oxley, T Gibson, I Kelman, D van Niekerk, Jonatan Lassa, ZD Willison, M Bhatt, OD Cardona, D Benouar, L Narvaez (A Contribution to the Review of the draft Global Assessment Report of Disaster Risk Reduction 2011, Chapters 5, 6 & 7- Radix Online).
  • Lassa, Ed. 2009. “Integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.” Proceeding Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Conference V, Indonesia. MPBI – ISSN: 2086-1443

  • Recently Completed Draft [Forthcoming Publication / Work in Progress]
  • Conditions for the sustainability of community based disaster risk reduction: Experiences from local districts and villages in Indonesia (Nias Island (North Sumatra), Manokwari (West Papua), TTS and TTU (East Nusa Tenggara).
  • Lassa J. Connectivity of Laws and Regulation: Analysing DRR-CCA Regulatory Integration from 100 local disaster management bills in Indonesia [Using SNA to visualize laws/regulatory connectivity] [a Paper drafted at Harvard Kennedy School – a Post-doc research report in 2011]
  • Suni YPK and Lassa, J. 2014. Linking food security, climate adaptation and carbon management: a case study from Indonesia. IRGSC working paper no. 11 - ISBN/ISSN 2339-0638.
  • Lassa, J. Short reflection on the Playing Between Elephants’ and Post Disaster ‘Reconstruction League’: When uncertainty becomes norms and steady negotiation is the rule of the game. PDF
  • Lassa et. al. Serendipity of Think Tanks Networks and Influence in Indonesia. With Benjamin Davis, Elcid Li and Kharisma Nugroho.
  • Lassa J. 2011 Ed. The everyday life of local disaster risk governance in Indonesia: Case Study from 6 provinces. Emergency Capacity Building Project (book manuscript – to be published)
  • Lassa, J. The genesis of public private partnership in Indonesia: A case study from Padang, West Sumatra
  • Impact of Climate Change of Agriculture: Options for Local Adaptation in East Nusa Tenggara - Co-authored with Yoseph Seran Mau and Dominggus Elcid Li. IRGSC Working Paper No 8, 2014
  • Future of Latrines and the Future of Civilization: Understanding Cultural Barriers and Opportunities in West Timor [An anthropological Survey of Sanitation in West Timor, Indonesia] - Jointly with Elcid Li et. al. 2013 [Working Paper No 7 IRGSC.]
  • Conceptualizing an established network of a community based flood early warning system: Case of Cawang, East Jakarta, Jakarta [co-author with Sagala S and Suryadini A. IRGSC Working Paper 3. 2013
  • The evolution of risk in Greater Jakarta. with Sagala, Lassa, Hudala 2013. IRGSC Working Paper # 2.
  • Emerging practice of community based early warning system in Jakarta: Case of Ciliwung. Lassa, Sagala and Suryadini (2013). IRGSC Working Paper # 3 2013.

  • Conference Papers and presentation/talks
  • Evolution of Seismic Culture in Indonesia, University of Washington [2017]
  • The Limits of Indigenous Knowledge: A critical reflection on “running to higher ground” narrative! International Tsunami Symposium 2017.
  • Connecting the actors, discovering the ties: exploring the organisational network behind disaster risk reduction projects in Asia and the Pacific. Asia Pacific Humanitarian Leadership Conference, Melbourne, 24-25 April 2017 [Trias, APL., Lassa, J. Surjan A.]
  • How Resilient is the Maritime Nation? Assessing Ports and Port Cities Vulnerability in Indonesia: A Preliminary Analysis. TWIN-SEA 4th Workshop UNU-LIPI-University of Hannover. 2017. PPTx
  • How Well Do DRR Facts and Ideas Travel? “Mobile Cultures of Disaster Conference” University of South Australia 2017.
  • When Institutionalisation Means NGOnitation? Sustaining Climate Risk Governance in Indonesian Cities. ISG Seminar, Australian National University [Nov 2016] [invited talk].
  • Understanding gaps and opportunities in ASEAN humanitarian systems. RSIS-AHA Center Conference in Jakarta [Nov 2016] [invited talk]
  • Exogenous and Endogenous Forces in Climate Change Adaptation Policy Making in Developing Countries. The 6th International Building Resilience Conference 2016.
  • Future impact of climate change on food security in Asia pacific. Joint RSIS-IFPRi Seminar, 20 March 2016.
  • Natural hazards in Asia and Pacific – an Overview. NTS Asia Conference, Singapore, February 2016. . [invited talk]
  • Revisiting food reserve policies and practices: recent observation from Asian Countries. AARES2016: 60TH Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Securing Food in the Anthropocene – Key Considerations for Policy Makers. ICCFSA First International Conference on Climate and Food Security in Asia at National University of Singapore, 5 June 2015.
  • Lassa, J. Future Scenario for Ebola-like event in Asia. Leveraging Regional Frameworks for Addressing Future Pandemics, Banyan Analytics Hawaii Event 27-29 January 2015. [invited talk]
  • Caballero-Anthony, M, Teng, P., Tian, G., Shrestha, M. and Lassa, J. 2015. Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in ASEAN. Framing the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Post 2015 – Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia. Discussion Paper 2015.
  • “Targeted Emergency Network Service Deployment Algorithm for Relief Agencies”, Submitted to IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), London, UK, 2015. doi: 10.1109/ICC.2015.7248906.
  • ‘Disaster Mitigation through Governing Risk Reduction’. KAVLI FRONTIERS For Science – Joint Meeting US National Academic of Science and Indonesian Academy of Science, June 2014 [Invited].
  • Microfinance in Water and Sanitation Services: Identifying best practices. Conference Paper – Managing the Globalization of Sanitation Water Services: ‘Blue Gold’ Regulatory and Economic challenges Hong Kong 23-24 March, 2015 Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • “Meta governance” for Future (polycentric) Disaster Risk Reduction – Invited Talk at the UNISDR-UNDP Global Assessment Report on DRR- Expert Meeting Series on The Future of DRM by UNISDR, UNDP and LKYSPP, 10-11 April 2014, Singapore.
  • Urban agriculture and climate Change: Case study from ASEAN. In Conference on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change.
  • EU-Asia Dialogue and Centre for South Asian Studies in Kathmandu/Nepal on 20 March 2014.
  • Visiting Lecture to Regional Planning and Development Department, Bandung Institute of Technology - Concepts and Practices on Climate Change Adaptation in Indonesia [Oct 2013]
  • Invited talk to LIPI (Indonesian Science Institute) Science Communication - Introduction to Transdisciplinarity in Disaster Management Research [August 2013]
  • Invited talk to MSc Program of Urban and Regional Planning at Diponegoro University - Urban Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. [December 2012].
  • Invited talk to Master Program of Agronomy at the University of Lampung - Loss and Damage Assessment Framework in Agricultural Commodities [October 2012].
  • Invited talks to Earth Observatory of Singapore - on Institutions and governance of disaster reduction at global and national scale [June 2012].
  • Visiting Lecture – National DRR Science Camp 2012, LIPI (Indonesian Science Institute) – Held in Kebumen March 2012.
  • Public Lecture on Knowledge Economy for Development at STIE (Wirawacana School of Economics Science, Sumba, Indonesia - Sept 2011)
  • Lassa, J. 2011. Post disaster governance of Aceh 2005-2007: What complexity and network theory can offer? Abstract and full paper to AIWEST-DR 2011.
  • Lassa, J. 2011. Auditing Climate Adaptation Vision in Local Disaster Risk Regulations in Indonesia. ACT global workshop di Yogya tgl 5 September 2011 (invited speaker).
  • Lassa, J. 2011. “Tracking climate change adaptation vision in disaster risk reduction in Indonesia.” – Asian Fellow Seminar, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School. 28 Apr 2011 (invited speaker).
  • Lassa, J. “Decentralized governance and institutional challenge on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation In Indonesia” – abstracts accepted – Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance: “Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges”, held at Colorado State University, 17-20 May 2011.
  • Lassa, J. 2011. “Can Indonesia reduce its disaster risk? Some recent findings! Asian Disaster Management Seminar Series 2011. Crisis Leadership Program, Harvard Kennedy School. 6 Apr 2011.
  • Lassa, J. 2011. When Uncertainty Becomes Norms and Negotiation is the Rule of the Game. Presented at the “Youth, Politics, and Reconstructions in an Indonesian Conflict Zone”: Indonesia Program, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. 29 March 2011.
  • Lassa, J. 2010. “Role of civil society organizations in Indonesia addressing climate and environmentally displaced people.” Panel Presentation at the Annual Meeting 2010, Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network.” Jogjakarta 8-10 Dec 2010.
  • Lassa, J. 2010 “Understanding polycentric governance of disaster risk reduction: an introduction to a new analytical framework.” In International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC, Davos 2010 Proceeding (extended abstract)
  • Lassa, J. 2010 “Institutional vulnerability assessment and the governance of early warning system.” End to End Natural-Hazard Early Warning Systems Conference: Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, Indonesia 19-20 April 2010.
  • Lassa, J. 2009. “The rise of risks: can Indonesia incrementally reduce disaster risks?” – Selected abstract and oral presentation at the Young Scholar Workshops - Changing Governance in Asia at the Leiden University, the Netherlands from 26 – 27 November 2009. Book of Abstracts.
  • Lassa, J. 2009. “Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: shared problem, two cultures.” 9th IIASA-DPRI Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management, 12-16 October 2009, Kyoto University Japan. Book of Abstracts.
  • Lassa, J. 2008. When heaven (hardly) meet the earth: towards convergency in tsunami early warning systems. Proceeding of ISSM Conference (13-15 May 2008), Delft, Netherlands [Good citation]
  • Lassa, J. 2008. “The status quo of community based disaster risk reduction in Indonesia” – Key Note Speech and Presentation at the National CBDRM Symposium IV, Bali. (19-21August 2008)
  • Etc.

  • Indonesian Journals
  • Nakmofa and Lassa 2009. Community based approach to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation towards sustainable livelihood: ten years of experience from PMPB Kupang. Journal of NTT Studies, Vol 1 (2) pp. 136-146.
  • Lassa, J. 2009. “The forgotten disasters? Remembering The Larantuka and Lembata disasters 1979-2009.” Journal of NTT Studies, Vol 1 (2) 159-18.
  • Lassa, 2010. Global governance of disaster risk reduction: an introduction to a new analytical framework. Global: International Politics Journal Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 17-27

  • Selected Op-eds [of >100 Commentaries and Op-Eds) 2016
  • Is There Such a Thing as a “Natural” Disaster? RSIS Commentary
  • International Disasters in Asia Pacific: Indonesia’s Civil-Military Responses, RSIS Commentary
  • The West Sumatra Earthquakes: Not Learning Our Lessons? RSIS Commentary
  • “Gaps” in Tsunami Alert System, New Strait Times, Singapore
  • El Nino: Coping with the New Normal, RSIS Commentary
  • Zika Risk Governance and Climate Change, RSIS Commentary

  • (2015)
  • Cities in darkness: Searching for new hope, Jakarta Post
  • Indonesia’s Haze and Disaster Governance Deficit, RSIS Commentary
  • Priorities for disaster risk reduction, Jakarta Post
  • Get ready for future crisis in food production in Southeast Asia, Jakarta Post
  • Jokowi’s Food Sovereignty Narrative: Military in the Rice Land? RSIS Commentary
  • Brunei’s Vision 2035: Can It Achieve Food Self-Sufficiency? RSIS Commentary
  • Netting more ways to keep fish farms sustainable, Strait Times Singapore
  • Climate Change and Food Supply: Reinforcing the North-South Divide, RSIS Commentary

  • (2014)
  • Agriculture and fisheries after the tsunami, Jakarta Post
  • Irrigation infrastructure prone to climate change, catastrophes, Jakarta Post
  • Climate adaptation creates conflicts, Jakarta Post
  • Asian food security under +2 and +4°C climate change: IPCC assessment report 2014, Jakarta Post
  • Quick response to volcanic activity, Jakarta Post
  • WTO Breakthrough on Stockpiles: Sustaining Food Security. RSIS Commentary
  • Putting A Price on Carbon: From Lima to Paris 2015. RSIS Commentary
  • Food Sovereignty Discourse in Southeast Asia: Helpful or Disruptive. RSIS Commentary
  • Disaster Risk Governance: Strengthening Collaboration with Non – State Actors. RSIS Commentary
  • Volcanos test Indonesia’s disaster management. East Asia Forum

  • (2013)
  • Governing the risk of haze and ASEAN diplomacy
  • Let’s talk of defecation: Rethinking the future of sanitation
  • Sticks and carrots in urban waste management in Indonesia

Selected Professional Membership

  • Global Civil Society Network on DRR (GNDR;)Member of International Network for Social Network Analysis ( Since 2010
  • The Global Task Force on Building Codes (GTFBC) www.UNESCO‐
  • Earth System Governance Research Fellow ( since 2009
  • Indonesia Disaster Management Association (MPBI)

Awards and Fellowship

  • 2017 – Faculty of EHSE Research Small Grants
  • 2015 – Full travel grants to attend Climate and Nutrition Summer Course at Potsdam University, Germany.
  • 2014 Winner - Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University, Canberra [Pending/on hold]
  • 2013 Full grants travel grants - DAAD Alumni Summer Course - University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany - Water Security and Management and Topentag Conference in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship – Rockefeller Foundation’s Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, implemented by Mercy Corps Indonesia). June-Dec 2012.
  • ERIA Research Fellowship 2011 [ERIA WG Economic and Welfare Impacts of Disasters in East Asia and Policy Responses]
  • Willis Re Research Fellowship 2012-2013 – Based at Nanyang Technological University (Declined the offer);
  • First Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Ash Centre, Harvard Kennedy School 2011 (Research on climate adaptation and disaster reduction in Indonesia.)
  • Full Fellowship for Crisis Management Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge MA Spring 2011.
  • Full travel grants: Stockholm Environmental Institute and UNISDR. Asian Writeshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Full travel grants – Changing Governance in Asia – Young scholar workshops, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands.
  • Full travel grants - Garnet PhD School 2009. Venue at the Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB; EC/Garnet PhD Program.
  • DAAD Awards for PhD Scholarship in Disaster Research at ZEF of University of Bonn and Winner of Profile # 8 for GTIEWS PhD Research at EHS-UNU, Bonn 2007;
  • BRC Summer Course 2006 International Humanitarian Law – Cambridge UK. Full Travel Grants by Hivos & BRC. British Chevening Awards (British Council, UK), 2004

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