Commodifying an urban commons – contested accumulations through displacement in Jakarta

Wednesday 7 September 2016
1.00 - 2.00pm

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Madsen Rm 449, Madsen Building, Eastern Ave, The University of Sydney


Explore current innovations in geographical research and cutting edge trends in socio- spatial theory throughout this seminar series.

Geographers and the Environment with Alistair Sisson (Geosciences post-grad) 

Helga Leitner & Eric Sheppard

Translocally anchored social capital plays a key role for building adaptive capacity. Through processes of migration and trans-local networking, people establish social fields that stretch far beyond village borders and link coastal rural areas to regional urban centres, to megacities and to foreign localities. Through networks of trust and mutual help, individuals and communities have access to remittances, loans, information, and knowhow that may become valuable resources for innovations, community resilience and adaptation. The translocality of the network members allows for income diversification and co-insurance.

This project focusses on coastal communities/households that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise, subsidence, and related risks. It aims to decipher the relations between translocally organized social capital, rural-urban interactions, and social resilience. We aim to analyse how the social capital of coastal communities is structured and how it enables the endowed people to cope with short-term hazards (e.g. cyclones and floods) as well as to adapt to the slowly emerging and less perceivable sea level rise. The project follows a multiple place-based and mixed-methods approach (questionnaire surveys, focus group discussions, etc.) carried out in rural areas of the Central Java District and connected the urban areas of Semarang and Jakarta.