Dr Thanti Octavianti

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About me

I am a social scientist with an engineering background. I joined UWE as a research fellow in cities, water and resilience in December 2018, before taking up a new role as Lecturer in Applied Geography in August 2021.

I completed my PhD in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University in 2019. I hold MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University and BEng in Environmental Engineering from Universitas Indonesia. I also completed a one-year research project in the River Engineering Lab at Kyushu University, Japan in 2011. 

Prior to doing postgraduate studies, I worked as a consultant in the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works, where I assessed the local governments' performance in the provision of water services.

My doctoral research examined the political dynamics arising from Jakarta's seawall plan to prevent future coastal flooding in the city. Whereas in my postdoctoral study, I work with Prof Chad Staddon to develop the Household Water Insecurity Experiences survey module for application in diverse settings and focuses. Recent application of the survey was to measure the relationship between household water insecurity and handwashing practices in the Rohingya refugee communities in Bangladesh.

Area of expertise

Politics of large-scale water infrastructure, household water insecurity, flood resilience


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