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Anticipation Grants Indonesia – The Netherlands (ANGIN) for IMR researchers

In 2017, the Programme Committee of the Scientific Programme Indonesia–Netherlands (SPIN) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) launched a new initiative to anchor the present and develop the future of Indonesian–Dutch scientific cooperation.

The objective of ANGIN is to stimulate the development of new interdisciplinary scientific cooperation between Indonesian and Dutch partners. The cooperation is positioned within the Resilient Society research theme, involves partners from different scientific disciplines, aims to connect/combine fundamental and applied research, critically enquires into implementation trajectories, and must engage stakeholders.

1. Community Resilience, Mobility, and Compounding Crises: The Case of the Aftermath in Aceh.

An interdisciplinary team comprising Martin van der Velde, Lothar Smith, and Ainul Fajri from the department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, Haley Swedlund from CICAM and Edwin de Jong from Cultural Anthropology (all from Radboud University), along with partners from the University of Syiah Kuala and the State Islamic University of Ar-raniry, Indonesia has been awarded an ANGIN grant. The grant will be used to support an exploration phase for a future project. Several activities are planned for this exploration phase, both in Indonesia and the Netherlands. They include fine-tuning the methodological approach, identifying the primary stakeholders and their econo-geographic orientations, visits to potential research sites in Aceh, and in turn stakeholder workshops as well, to describe the relevance of the chosen research approach and focus in further detail. All of these activities will assist the team in developing a full research proposal to be submitted to other funding organisations. This project is the result of collaboration within the Hot Spot GLOCAL.

For more information regarding the project, please contact Ainul Fajri (a.fajri@fm.ru.nl).

2. Power to the People: An integrated approach for governance innovation through local energy initiatives for urban coastal communities in Indonesia. Case studies Semarang and Balikpapan

A team of researchers from the three chairs of the department of Geography, Planning and Environment composed of Ary Samsura, Lothar Smith, Maria Kaufmann, and Linda Carton also received an ANGIN grant. In this project, they collaborate with two universities in Indonesia: Soegijapranata Catholic University in Semarang, the Kalimantan Institute of Technology in Balikpapan, and NGOs from the Netherlands and from Indonesia that focus on the energy initiative and community development. The grant will be used to explore the potential for combined efforts between local actors and government in achieving sustainable economic activities that also address future demands for energy through the introduction of local energy initiatives, without this being at the expense of more marginal groups, or to the detriment to future society. Two coastal cities in Indonesia, Semarang in Java and Balikpapan in Kalimantan, will be used as case studies in this project. Key issues for achieving a resilient urban society, with the focus on communities at the city margins, and energy transition will be addressed in this project. In terms of methodology, the team plans to develop a game simulation in a stakeholder workshop setting in order to facilitate more efficient decision-making processes in urban planning and development. For this project, this will be applied particularly to the introduction of local energy initiatives by inviting a broad range of representatives from local communities. In addition, ethnographic approaches will be applied to observe how the local inhabitants would use/apply/participate in the energy transition initiatives and what meaning they give to these initiatives.

For more information regarding the project, please contact Ary Samsura (d.samsura@fm.ru.nl).