Interscientia is involved in collaborative research projects over mutual concerns over complex environmental issues and over focus on technical, social, institutional and legal issues. Multi-stakeholders environment is driven by common interests for policy outcomes with strong academic contributions. Interscientia aims for strong societal impact through cooperation with pentahelix partners.


Socio-technical solutions to water scarcity challenges in urban areas and post-disaster areas

Access to safe and affordable water is a major challenge in Indonesia. Furthermore, water supply is typically disrupted in the event of a natural disaster. It is imperative that Indonesians diversify their ‘domestic water
mix. This project is a first step towards establishing sustainable socio-technical water infrastructure solutions applicable post-disaster scenarios where formal water treatment and delivery systems are commonly disrupted, as well as some dense urban neighborhoods ‘beyond’ the formal water distribution network. This project takes seriously the potential of off-grid systems comprised of overlapping and (in-)formal sub-systems.

Cool Infrastructure: Living with Heat in the Off-grid Cities

Rising temperatures in cities make access to cool infrastructures a global challenge. The UN’s ‘Cooling for All’ coalition estimates that 1.1 billion people worldwide have little or no access to cooling to protect them against extreme heat . Those defined as most at risk include 630 million people across South Asia, South East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa who live in poor quality housing on low incomes, with limited, intermittent or insecure access to electricity and few if any electrical cooling appliances. Action on overheating by city planners and policy makers remains typically top-down and technology driven; frequently challenged by silo-ed agendas, unexamined assumptions about energy cultures and practices, and the vulnerabilities of the poorest groups. There have been no systematic, comparative attempts to document how people living in contexts of urban poverty manage heat or meet their needs for cool food, water and space. As a result, there is little evidence about whether current strategies are a good fit for the contexts in which they are deployed. Over 36 months, this project will put ‘access to cooling’ at the centre of a major new interdisciplinary and comparative study in Hyderabad (India), Karachi (Pakistan), Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Jakarta (Indonesia).

Coronavirus Disease 19 dalam Perspektif Resiliensi: Sebuah Kerangka Konseptual 

Tahun 2020 merupakan tahun yang tercatat di dalam sejarah kesehatan masyarakat dengan adanya pandemik COVID-19 yang menjangkiti 213 negara di dunia. Dalam konteks global health security, idealnya pada tahun 2020 negara-negara di dunia sudah siap dengan rencana penanganan epidemi. Pada kenyataannya, ketika diuji dengan pandemi COVID-19, kebanyakan tidak siap dengan sumber daya yang berkelanjutan.   Kajian ini akan berfokus pada bagaimana sektor kesehatan, infrastruktur, dan kelembagaan secara umum dapat bertahan dalam penanganan pandemi. Kajian ini akan menilik COVID-19 dalam perspektif resiliensi. Konsep resiliensi sudah banyak digunakan dalam bidang ilmu psikologi, kebencanaan, studi perkotaan, rekayasa, dan lain-lain. Pada kajian ini, resiliensi didefinisikan sebagai kemampuan sebuah sistem, termasuk aspek sosio-ekologi dan sosio-teknis, pada seluruh skala temporal dan spasial, untuk menjaga atau secara cepat untuk kembali kepada fungsinya ketika mendapatkan gangguan. Resiliensi juga berarti kemampuan sebuah sistem untuk beradaptasi terhadap perubahan dan mengubah fungsi yang dapat membatasi kemampuan adaptif tersebut. Salah satu fitur pandemi COVID-19 yang pasti adalah ketidakpastiannya. Oleh karena itu, konsep resiliensi sangat relevan untuk diaplikasikan di dalam kajian terkait pandemi. Dalam konteks ini, resiliensi bisa direfleksikan dalam kemampuan sistem, termasuk sistem kesehatan masyarakat, untuk berfungsi secara optimal dan beradaptasi ketika menghadapi pandemi COVID-19.

From knowledge to Policies: A Governance Approach to Bridge the Gap to Enhance Access to Clean Water in Indonesia

The UN defines the right to water and sanitation as a human right and calls upon States to scale up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all. Could the existing Indonesian laws provide a normative tool for the judiciary to interpret the right to water. Do the existing laws form an adequate instrument to enforce the right to water in line with international standards? What other (governance) mechanisms could help realize safe and clean access to water?

Inclusive Stewardship for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in Fiji and Indonesia

We are working with government, tourism sector, and local communities to examine and understand the motivators, benefits and pathways for supporting improved consideration of i) inclusive WASH in the workspace (WASH-at-work) and ii) over the fence impacts of poor WASH practices on
support communities. Using recognised validation methods, the project is producing a GSI-sensitive conceptual framework, tools and guidelines to articulate the value proposition and pathways for GSI-focused tourism sector initiatives that consider WASH-at-work, links between WASH behaviours in employee’s homes and practices in the workspace, and WASH ‘over the fence impacts’.


Consumer Partnership and Water Safety Plan

We help municipal water companies or PDAM to develop consumer partnership plans and programs in the context of Water Safety Plan

Rumah Anti Kemarau

We open collaborations for developing an environmental-friendly house by going small and “green”.

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