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Elisabeth Rianawati




Children Social Welfare & Health (CSWH)



Elisabeth Rianawati Elisabeth Rianawati is a senior researcher and the director of Resilience Development Initiative (RDI), Indonesia, an Indonesian think tank initiative that focuses on environmental change and sustainable development. She has been involved in a number of research projects and consultancies in disaster risk management, renewable energy, water management, monitoring and evaluation. Her clients include, among others, Plan International, Save the Children, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI), International Foundation of Science (IFS). She has received awards and travel grants from STUNED (The Netherlands), PIAD (Taipei), IFS (Manila), AUN-SEED Net (Palawan, Philippines).

Research Interest

Environmental Change and Sustainable Development.

Year Experience

PhD Candidate, Study Program of Environmental Engineering, Institute Technology of Bandung, Indonesia.


Master of Engineering, in Department of Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.


Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Department of Environmental Engineering, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Indonesia

Working Experience
Year Experience
2013 - now

Director, Resilience Development Indonesia (RDI), Research Center focuses on environmental change and sustainable development.

2009 - 2013

Researcher, RDI Indonesia, various research projects of Resilience Development Initiative on social-ecological resilience, climate change adaptation, resilience and adaptive capacity, water management.

2007 - 2009

Researcher, Khatulistiwa Indonesia Foundation, Research Center for Environment and Urban Planning, various research projects on water and environmental management.

2007 - 2009

Research Data translation Indonesian-English (probono).

2005 - 2006

Research Assistant, National University of Singapore (NUS).


Field Researcher on Research Project of Forest Fire in Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia, NUS.

Research & Consulting Experience
Year Experience
2017-Oxfam Indonesia

Consultant on South Sulawesi Mapping and Assessment Report of Empower Youth for Work.

2017-Oxfam Indonesia

Consultant on Baseline Study of Power Up Project:Women Shaping Their Future in Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat.


Consultant on Evaluation of Post Disaster Recovery in Mt. Sinabung and Mt. Kelud Volcanoes. Resilience Development Initiative (RDI).

2017-Plan International

Consultant, Mid-term Review of Safe School Project in Soe, NTT, with Dr. Ayu Krishna.

2017-Wahana Visi Indonesia (World Vision)

Consultant, Policy Analysis of Forest Fire Impact to Children, Locations: South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Resilience Development Initiative (RDI).


Domestic Waste Management with Biogas Digester, PhD Project, Supervised by Prof. Enri Damanhuri..


Consultant, Rapid Risk Assessment on Community Based Mechanism in integrating Child and Family Resilience with Social Protection in every Humanitarian Action in Cianjur District. Save the Children Indonesia


Researcher, The role of culture in facilitating disaster-resilient communities: A mixed-method investigation of the community surrounding Mount Sinabung, Indonesia. PI: Dr. Saut Sagala. Funding: Pump-Prime Research from Coventry University.


Consultant, Evaluation of Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) program of PLAN International, Indonesia


Supporting staff, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Profile in South East Asia Region, PI: Dr. Saut Sagala. Funding Oxfam Indonesia Project.


Supporting Staff, Disaster and Climate Change Impact to Children in West Java, Indonesia, PI: Dr. Saut Sagala. Funding Save the Children Indonesia Project.

Working Papers
    • Rianawati, E., Sagala, S., Wulandari, Y., Pratama, A. A., Nugraha, D., Vitri, R., Lubis, W., Hyne, Z. T. (2016). Biogas in Indonesia: Lessons Learned from Renewable Energy of Livestock Waste. Study Case: Selo and Cibodas. Energy Panel of 8th Widyatama International Seminar on Sustainability.
    • Pratama, A., Rianawati, E., Sagala, S. (2016) Resilience Perspective of Water Management in Indonesia, International Conference on Water Security and Climate Changes and Opportunities in Asia, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
    • Rianawati, E., Sagala, S. and Pratama, A. (2015) The Disaster Impacts on Children Welfare in West Java Province, Indonesia. September, 2015.
    • Sagala, S., Yamin, D., Pratama, A., Rianawati, E. (2015) Social Protection Roles in Reducing Risk and Building Resilience to Communities in Indonesia. Resilience Development Initiative. August 2015.
    • Rianawati, E., Saut Sagala (2015) Communal Based Flood Mitigation Measures in Bandung City. Resilience Development Initiative. July, 2015.
    • Sitinjak E., Sagala, S., Rianawati, E.(2015) Opportunity for Sister City Application to Support Resilience City. Resilience Development Initiative. May, 2015.
    • Rianawati, E., Damanhuri, E., K. Nadhila, A. Sasongko (2017) Poster. Feasibility study of biodigester implementation in Bandung City to treat kitchen waste. The 1 st International Workshop on Biomass for Biofuels at LIPI, Serpong, October 19-20 th , 2017
    • Rianawati, E., Damanhuri, E. (2017) Conference paper. Feasibility Assessment of Biogas Digester to Treat Municipal Solid Waste, Case Study: Bandung City, Indonesia. IWWG-ARB, Seoul Korea, 12-14 April 2017.
    • Rianawati, E., Pratama A., Ardhanareswari A. (2017) Book Chapter in “Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia”, Chapter 9: Water Management Strategy for Resilience: An Option for Climate Change Adaptation in Indonesia. Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois.
    • Sagala, S., Yamin, D, Pratama, A., Rianawati, E. (2016) Chapter 13: Adaptive Social Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Community Resilience: Evidence from Rural Areas in Indonesia. Edited Book By Drolet, J. to be published in 2016 by Francis & Taylor.
    • Pratama, A., Rianawati, E., Saut Sagala. (2016) Book Chapter in "Water Security and Climate Change": Resilience Perspective On Water Management In Indonesia. Water Security And Climate Change: Challenges And Opportunities In Asia, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 29 November-01 December, 2016.
    • Rianawati, E., Saut Sagala, Alpian A. Pratama. (2016) Oral presentation: Children Vulnerability and Capacity Toward Climate Change Impact in West Java Province, Indonesia. World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016. Seoul, Korea, June 27-30, 2016.
    • Rianawati, E., Damanhuri, E. (2016) Utilization of Biogas Digester in Urban and Rural Areas of Indonesia: Challenges and Future Direction. International Conference: 8th Widyatama International Seminar on Sustainability, September 5-8, 2016, Bandung, Indonesia.
    • Rianawati, E. (2015). Bringing Resilience into Water Governance Perspective. Indonesian Resilience Knowledge Workshop: Fostering Community Resilience in Disaster Risk Exposed Area. LIPI and RDI workshop, 26-27 November 2015, Bandung.
    • Rianawati, E., Sagala, S. and Pratama, A. (2015) Section 3, Chapter 3: The Disaster Impacts on Children Welfare in West Java Province, Indonesia, Edited Book by Herryal Anwar, Disaster Resilience Community using Social Economic, Governance and Spatial Planning Approach. LIPI, Bandung.
    • Rianawati, E., Ramaditya Wimbardana, Saut Sagala (2015) Understanding Multi-hazard Disasters’ Impact to Local Communities in West Java, Indonesia, Case Study: Social Recovery Process in Pangalengan Community. 4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disaster (PIAD), 9 to 12 November 2015, Taipei, Taiwan.
    • Rianawati, E., Saut Sagala, Asirin, Alpian A. Pratama, Intania R. Sani. (2015) Farmers Adaptation in dealing with the Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Sector, Case Study Indramayu District, Indonesia. 59th National AARES Conference, 10th-13th February 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand
    • Rianawati, E., Saut Sagala (2014) Can municipal biophore program reduce the urban floods? Case study: Bandung city. International Conference: 7th ASEAN Engineering Conference (AEEC), on November 21-22, 2014, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines.
    • Rianawati, E., Saut Sagala (2014) Wildfire and Climate Change, a vicious cycle, An International Symposium on Sustainability Science: Understanding Climate Change Phenomena for Human Well Being, Co-Sponsored by University of Padjajaran, Bandung, Indonesia, 8-10 September 2014, Bandung, Indonesia.
    • Rianawati, E. (2009) Sustainable water management policies in Singapore, Environmental Policy: a Multinational Conference on Policy Analysis and Teaching Methods, An International Conference Co-Sponsored by APPAM, 11-13 June, 2009, Seoul, South Korea (accepted).
    • Rianawati, E. (2008), Occurence and Distribution of PAHs in Rainwater and Urban Runoff, The 4th Vietnamese and Japanese Students Scientific Exchange Conference, Kyoto University, Japan
    • Rianawati, E. (2007), Master thesis, Occurence and Distribution of PAHs in Rainwater and Urban Runoff in Singapore, Department of Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore.
    • Rianawati, E. (2004), Bachelor thesis, Technological Analysis of Hidrological Re-functioning of Residential Area in North Bandung Conservation Core Area Case Study: Villa Istana Bunga , Department of Environmental Engineering, Institute of Technology Bandung (In Bahasa).
Awards, Grant/Scholarship
Year Experience

Travel grant to attend training from UNU-IIHG on Governance Challenges for Planetary Health and Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia in Cebu, the Philippines, October 11-13 th , 2017


Travel grant and 3 day accommodation to attend Development of Save the Children program design: Community Based Child Protection integrated with Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Protection program in Bogor, Indonesia, 30 November – 2 December 2016


International Council for Science (ICSU) travel grant for presenting at 4th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention after Disaster (PIAD), 9 to 12 November 2015, Taipei, Taiwan.


Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for Short Course on Urban Flood Management and Disaster Risk Management, UNESCO-IHE Delft.


AUN SEED Net Travel grant for presenting at ASEAN Environmental Engineering Conference, November 21-22, 2014 Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines


AUN SED Net Awardee, Scholarship for Master Study in NUS.


ITB Scholarship.


ITB Distinction Graduation.