The power of local knowledge: An interview with Elizabeth MacAfee

Datum bericht: 1 maart 2024


How can identifying plastic waste, the water hyacinth, and changes in water colour help to reduce the damage caused by flooding and landslides?

Did you know that Indonesia plans to build a new national capital city? 'Nusantara' is bound to move 30 million inhabitants out of Jakarta, as the current capital is expected to be submerged and uninhabitable by 2050 due to flooding and landslides. Indonesia's flooding problem is massive, and its solutions are accordingly. However, how do informal Indonesian settlements like slums deal with flooding when local governments do not acknowledge or support them? Radboud researcher and anthropologist Elizabeth MacAfee (CAOS) aims to foster more understanding for these marginalised groups.

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