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Dr Wikke Novalia is an interdisciplinary social scientist working in the fields of environmental governance and institutional change. She also had professional engineering and research experience in the water industry across Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, the Netherlands and Australia.

Dr Novalia's research investigates the interplay of environment, technology and society in the context of improving processes of urban & infrastructure planning, governance, and community participation for realising sustainable development outcomes. Her works include case studies of change processes, transformative agency, incumbency, deinstitutionalisation, and crisis across Indonesian and Australian cities. She blends theories from multiple fields to unpack the role of agency and institutions in driving or hindering transformative adaptation, needed to tackle urgent and complex societal challenges. 

She has been involved in interdisciplinary partnerships between Indonesia and Australia in delivering a large urban water research program in Jakarta and Bogor and in developing an action research program in Citarum catchment. She is the chief investigator of a new research, funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, aiming to enhance local capacity for leapfrogging Citarum communities towards better environmental and health outcomes. She is also a co-investigator in a research on legal pathways to support indigenous rights in water governance and another industry-funded research to explore collaborative partnership models for enhancing Water-Energy-Food Nexus. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Sociology, Doctoral degree, Diagnosing the scope of action for governing sustainable transformation in developing cities, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 20 Jan 2019

Water Management, Master's degree, Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Urban Governance
  • urban resilience
  • institutional change
  • Agency Theory
  • urban politics
  • Developing Countries
  • Transformative adaptation
  • Water Governance
  • Environmental Governance

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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