Erwin Nugraha


Risk governance and governmentality in experimental urban adaptation from Indonesian cities.


Erwin Nugraha considers himself as a human geographer focusing on climate change and urban south studies. His research interests fall broadly under the following research areas: the politics and governance of climate change adaptation, urban political ecology of disasters, and governmentalization of risk and resilience. He is one of the recipients of the Allianz Climate Risk Research Award in December 2017.

I feel very proud to have selected as one of the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation's scholars. I have benefited a lot from the massive support facilitated by the Foundation during my PhD studies in Durham University. The Foundation has provided the best support where I develop my research interest, strengthen my research skills, build new network and collaborate with other scholars, and invest my time in building my research career. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to become a CMMF PhD Scholar and benefit from the Foundation supportive and engaging environment.


Erwin started his PhD at the Department of Geography in January 2015. His PhD research focuses on how efforts to build urban climate change experimentation towards resilience in two cities in Indonesia function as a distinctive form of governmentality. Using governmentality as an analytical toolbox, his research evaluated how particular mentalities are invested in the process of governing urban climate experimentation through a set of rationalities, apparatus, and subjectivities. It examined the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), for which two cities in Indonesia have joined since 2009, as an intermediary organisation for initiating, mediating and experimenting with adaptation planning and urban resilience. 

In his PhD study, Erwin analysed how urban climate change resilience in ACCCRN exemplified different forms of knowledge about the climate, assembled into a web of urban practitioners, agenda, policies, and forms of calculation and circulated around urban subjectivities. His PhD study exemplified cities not only as socio-technical actors but also sites for problem-solving, mediation and policy arena. In his PhD study, he applied qualitative research methods by collecting and analysing qualitative data including semi-structured interviews, ethnographic observation, as well as project and policy documents. Ewrin was selected as one of the finalists of Allianz Climate Risk Research Award for which Erwin is the only social scientist among natural scientists in December 2017 in Germany. This award recognised his PhD research and its contribution to the advancement of societal and urban research to prepare for climate change risks with a specific focus on cities in the global south.

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