Rita Padawangi

Dr Rita Padawangi

Senior Lecturer

Centre for University Core

Tel: +65 6248 0346

Email: cml0YXBhZGF3YW5naUBzdXNzLmVkdS5zZw==

Educational Qualifications

  • 2008

    PhD (Sociology), Loyola University Chicago

  • 2005

    MA (Sociology), Loyola University Chicago

  • 2003

    MA (Urban Design), National University of Singapore

  • 2000

    ST (Bachelor of Architecture), Universitas Katolik Parahyangan, Indonesia

Academic and Professional Experience

  • 2013 - 2017

    Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

  • 2009 - 2012

    Research Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  • 2015 - 2016

    Lecturer (Urban Studies), Yale-NUS College

  • 2014 - 2015

    Lecturer, Tembusu College (IARU Programme)

International Refereed Journal Papers:

Bunnell, Tim, Rita Padawangi, and Eric C. Thompson. “The politics of learning from a small city: Solo as translocal model and political launch pad.” Regional Studies (2017): 1-11.

Padawangi, Rita. “Building Knowledge, Negotiating Expertise: Participatory Water Supply Advocacy and Service in Globalizing Jakarta.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society 11.1 (2017): 71-90.

Padawangi, Rita. “Benedict Anderson: A Reflection by an Indonesian Urbanist.” Theory, Culture and Society 33 (2016), Issue 7-8: 329-333.

Padawangi, Rita and Mike Douglass. “Water, Water Everywhere: Toward Participatory Solutions to Chronic Urban Flooding in Jakarta.” Pacific Affairs 88, no. 3 (2015): 517-550

Padawangi, Rita, Etienne Turpin, Herlily, Michaela F. Prescott, Ivana Lee, and Ariel Shepherd. “Mapping an Alternative Community River: The Case of the Ciliwung.” Sustainable Cities and Society 20 (January 2016): 147-157.

Shaad, Kashif, Yazid Ninsalam, Rita Padawangi, and Paolo Burlando. “Towards High Resolution and Cost-Effective Terrain Mapping for Urban Hydrodynamic Modelling in Densely Settled River-Corridors.” Sustainable Cities and Society 20 (January 2016): 168-179.

Vollmer, Derek, Michaela F. Prescott, Rita Padawangi, Christophe Girot, and Adrienne Grêt-Regammey. “Understanding the Social Value of Urban Riparian Corridors: Considerations in Planning for Green Infrastructure along the Ciliwung River, Jakarta.” Landscape and Urban Planning 138 (June 2015): 144-154.

Vollmer, Derek, Diogo Costa, Ervine Lin, Yazid Ninsalam, Kashif Shaad, Michaela F. Prescott, Senthil Gurusamy, Federica Remondi, Rita Padawangi, Paolo Burlando, Christophe Girot, Adrienne GrêtRegammey, and Joerg Rekittke. “Changing the Course of Rivers in Asian Cities: Linking Urban Landscapes to Human Benefits Through Iterative Modeling and Design.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association 51, Issue 3 (June 2015): 672-688.

Padawangi, Rita. “Reform, Resistance and Empowerment: Urban Landscapes and the Transformation of Activist Groups in Jakarta, Indonesia.” International Development Planning Review 36, no. 1 (2014): 33-50.

Padawangi, Rita, Peter Marolt, and Mike Douglass. “Introduction to the Special Issue: Insurgencies, Social Media, and the Public City in Asia.” International Development Planning Review 36, no. 1 (2014): 3-13.

Padawangi, Rita. “The Cosmopolitan Grassroots City as Megaphone: Reconstructing Public Spaces through Urban Activism in Jakarta.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, no. 3 (2013): 849-863.

Padawangi, Rita. “Community-Driven Development as Drivers of Change: Water Supply and Sanitation Projects in Rural Punjab, Pakistan.” Water Policy, S1 (2010): 104-120.

Lim, Merlyna and Rita Padawangi. “Contesting Alun-alun: Power Relations, Identities, and the Production of Urban Space in Bandung, Indonesia.” International Development Planning Review 30, no. 3 (2008): 307-326.

Padawangi, Rita. “From Colonial Past to Commercial Present and Spectacular Future: The Impact of Urban Growth in the Transformation of Alun-alun Bandung.” Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture 9 (2006): 29-41.

Book Chapters:

Padawangi, Rita. “Water Connections: Output-Based Projects for the Urban Poor and the Pursuit of Water Justice in Jakarta, Indonesia.” In Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City, eds. Manuel Vallee and Beth Caniglia. London, UK: Routledge (2017): 118-137.

Perkasa, Adrian and Rita Padawangi. “Living Heritage of Ruins? Contesting the Paradox in Trowulans Majapahit Heritage.” In Citizens, Civil Society and Heritage-making in Asia, eds. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Hui Yew-Foong, Philippe Peycam. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2017): 61-85.

Padawangi, Rita. “Muddy Resistance: Community Empowerment in Mudflow Disaster Governance in Porong, Sidoarjo, Indonesia.” In Disaster Governance and the Urban Transition in Asia, ed. Michelle Miller and Mike Douglass. Singapore: Springer (2015).

Padawangi, Rita. “The Vernacular and the Spectacular: Urban Identity and Architectural Heritage in Southeast Asian Cities.” In Asian Cities: Colonial to Global, ed. Gregory Bracken. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (2015): 261-277.

Padawangi, Rita. “Climate Change and the North Coast of Jakarta: Environmental Justice and the Social Construction of Space in Urban Poor Communities.” In Research in Urban Sociology vol. 12 (Urban Areas and Climate Change), ed. William G. Holt III. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2012: 321-339.

Padawangi, Rita. “The Right to Flood-Free Homes: Urban Floods, Spatial Justice and Social Movements in Jakarta, Indonesia.” In Global Visions: Risks and Opportunities for the Urban Planet, eds. Johannes Widodo; Jürgen Rosemann; Low Boon Liang; and Adriana Gonzalez-Brun. Singapore: National University of Singapore, 2012.

Padawangi, Rita. “The Planned Suburbanisation of a City-State: Singapore’s New Towns.” In Research in Urban Sociology vol. 10 (Suburbanisation in Global Society), eds. Mark Clapson and Ray Hutchison. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2010: 293-317.

Harris, Jeremy and Rita Padawangi. “Environmentally Sustainable Cities.” In Developing Living Cities: From Analysis to Action, eds. K.E. Seetharam and Belinda Yuen. Singapore: World Scientific, 2010: 155-189.

Padawangi, Rita. “Conceptualizing the New Alun-alun: Public Protests, Place-making, and their Implications on the Design of Urban Space.” In Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place. Bandung, Indonesia: Bandung Institute of Technology, 2010.

Edited Books:

Padawangi, Rita, Mike Douglass and Yves Cabannes. Alternative Urban Spaces: Cities by and for the People. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (forthcoming, 2018).

Padawangi, Rita. Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia. London and New York: Routledge (forthcoming, 2018).

  • 2017 - Present

    Regional Facilitator, Southeast Asia Neighborhoods Network

  • 2017 - Present

    Associate Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of SIngapore

  • 2015 - Present

    Advisory Board Member, Asian Urban Lab, Singapore

  • 2015 - Present

    Advisory Board Member, Yayasan Kota Kita (Kota Kita Foundation), Indonesia

  • 2014 - Present

    Editorial Board, Asian Cities Series, Amsterdam University Press

  • 2013 - Present

    Editorial Board, Asian Cities Series, Amsterdam University Press

  • 2013 - Present

    Research Theme Editor, Urban Knowledge Network Asia

  • Urban social movements
  • Vernacular heritage
  • Sociology of architecture
  • Environmental justice
  • Indonesian and Southeast Asian Studies
  • 2016 - Present

    Collaborator, Arts and Culture Nodes in the Heartlands of Singapore: Exploring Strategies, Spatial Opportunities and Impacts (Phase 2), National Arts Council, Singapore

  • 2015 - 2016

    Principal Investigator, Vernacular City Kota Tua: Cultural Identity in Everyday Urban Heritage, UNESCO Jakarta

  • 2014 - 2017

    Collaborator, Governing Compound Disasters in Urbanizing Asia (Ministry of Education Singapore Tier 2 Grant)

  • 2013 - 2016

    Collaborator, Aspirations, Urban Governance and the Remaking of Asian Cities (Ministry of Education Singapore Tier 2 Grant)

  • 2013 - 2015

    Senior Researcher, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore

  • 2012

    Co-Investigator, Spatial Justice in Asian Cities, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  • 2012

    Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Singapore’s ABC Waters Programme, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  • 2010 - 2011

    Principal Investigator, Community Activism and Waterfront Redevelopment in Southeast Asian Cities, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  • 2007

    Research Consultant, Kemitraan (Partnership), Jakarta, Indonesia

  • 2016

    14th William J. Holland Outstanding Paper Award (2015), Pacific Affairs Journal

  • 2011

    International Forum on Urbanism Best Paper Award

  • 2005

    State of Illinois Youth Achievement Award

  • 2004

    Albert Szymanski Paper Award, American Sociological Association

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