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Pungky Utami
Senior Research Fellow

Cluster : TCH


Research Interest

Disaster Risk Management, COmmunity-based Mitigation & Tourism and Cultural Heritage.


Pungky Utami is a senior researcher at Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) focused on Tourism and Cultural Heritage (TCH).

Education Timeline

  • 2007 - 2009 Master of Science

    Research in Science of Natural Hazards, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

  • 1997 - 2002 Bachelor degree

    Department of Regional and City Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning, Institute Technology of Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia.

Working Experiences Timeline

  • Jul – Oct 2013 Indonesian English Translator

    “Merapi dan Orang Jawa” book, published by PT. Grasindo.

  • Mar – Jun 2011 Volunteer

    Geohazards Section, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department.

  • Apr 2009 – Mar 2010 Curriculum Developer

    Education and Outreach Office, Earth Observatory of Singapore.

  • Sep 2004 – Aug 2007 Project Assistant

    Hydrology Unit at UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

  • Feb 2004 – Sep 2004 Project Assistant

    The Community-based Flood Mitigation and Preparedness Project in RW 06 Bidara Cina, East Jakarta in collaboration between UNESCO Office, Jakarta and LAPI ITB (project-based).

  • Jul 2003 – Feb 2004 Internship

    UNESCO Office, Jakarta, Hydrology Unit.

  • Jan 2003 – Mar 2003 Field Researcher

    The Jakarta Post-Flood Recovery and Rehabilitation Programme in North and East Jakarta in collaboration between Institute for Research and Community Empowerment -ITB and World Vision International (project-based).

  • Apr 2002 – Mar 2003 Project Assistant

    The Canada-Indonesia Partnership for Good Urban Governance, in collaboration between Canadian Urban Institute and ITB.

  • May – July 2001 Surveyor

    PT. MCI (international consultant company) in Rural Urban Linkage Study of West Java Province using GIS Application.

  • Jan – Sept 2001 Facilitator assistant

    Community-Based Flood Mitigation (CBFM) Project: The Case Study of Bandung City, Indonesia in collaboration between Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC) - Japan and Institute for Research - ITB.

  • Aug – Dec 2000 Teaching Assistant

    PL-213 Planning Presentation Techniques Course.

  • May – Aug 2000 Internship

    Regional Planning Board of West Java Province, Bandung.

  • 2017 - Co-author of “Bangkok Rasa Lokal: Wisata Anti-Mainstream di Bangkok dan sekitarnya”, published by PT. Gramedia Pustaka Utama.
  • 2014 - Co-author of “Anak-anak Unik Membuat Hidup Kami Berwarna”, a book written by a group of Indonesian mothers living in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2011-2016 - Author of several travel-related articles, published in various travel magazines and online travel websites in Indonesia.

Research Papers
  • (Paper) The Role of Belief System of the Javanese in Mitigating Volcanic Hazards at Mt. Merapi, Indonesia, presented at the International Symposium on Disaster Education “Eco-cultural Adaptations in Volcanic Environments”, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines, 25-28 February 2011
  • (Paper) Assessment of Regional Resilience by using Social Vulnerability Index, presented at the Conference on Energy and the Environment: Reinvention for Developing Countries, ITB, Bandung, 15-20 June 2009 (1st author)
  • (Master Thesis) Measuring Social Vulnerability in Volcanic Hazards: the Case Study of Merapi Volcano, Central Java, Indonesia
  • (Booklet) Flood Mitigation: A Community-based Project, Maximizing Knowledge to Minimize Impacts, published by UNESCO Office, Jakarta
  • (Undergraduate Thesis) Community-based Flood Mitigation: the Case Study of RW 09 Rancabayawak, Bandung

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