Jonatan Lassa

Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management, Dr. Ing. / PhD - Disaster risk governance

Registered to supervise postgraduate research

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Research interests

My research focus includes understanding macro and micro level disaster risk governance, institutional dimension of risk and resilience, resilience policy making process, disaster recovery, food system under changing climate and complex network theory application in disaster studies (including the use of big data in disaster studies and climate adaptation) See my past research projects!

At the moment, I have been working on network of disaster resilince code/laws (Indonesia and Australia), global mapping on political will for disaster reduction, governing climate and disaster loss, social network analysis and network theory application in climate adaptation and disaster management, multi-hazard + conflict early warning system, humanitarian reform, humanitarian technology, institutional vulnerability assessment, local disaster management policy reform, global and regional humanitarian ecosystems, NGOs/CSOs network structure, urban climate governance, disaster education, food system under climate change and critical realist approach to disaster policy making.

Prospective HDR Students

I Welcome PhD students for the following topics

  • Transboundary Water Risk Governance (e.g.governance and institutional dimension of transboundary haze in ASEAN) or Indonesia-Timor Leste riverbasin management.
  • Understanding long-term recovery trends in Southeast Asia [at >30 years timescale]
  • Long term observation of community-based and/or community-led disaster risk management practices in ASEAN.
  • Disaster risk governance and decentralisation in Southeast Asia including Myanmar and Indonesia
  • Using network theory to understand disaster governance in Asia - Pacific
  • Social network analysis and crisis leadership
  • Governing climate change adaptation in urban / rural settings as well as agriculture and livestock sectors
  • Seismic culture in Indonesia
  • Global thinkers and theoriests on disaster studies
  • Object-oriented ontology and critical disaster / risk studies
  • Disaster resilience policy making and reform in developing countries
  • Governance of early warning systems


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm Universität Bonn

Jul 2007Mar 2011

Master, University of East Anglia

Aug 2004Sep 2005

External positions

Adjunct Research Fellow, NTS, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University

Jun 2016 → …

Senior Advisor, Institute of resource governance and social change

2014 → …

Senior Research Fellow, Resilience Development Initiative

2013 → …

Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project

2010 → …

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Research Output 2008 2019

Connecting the actors, discovering the ties: Exploring disaster risk governance network in Asia and the Pacific

Trias, A. P. L., Lassa, J. & Surjan, A., Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 33, p. 217-228 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Measuring political will: An index of commitment to disaster risk reduction

Lassa, J. A., Surjan, A., Caballero-Anthony, M. & Fisher, R., Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 34, p. 64-74 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

political activity

Revisiting Emergency Food Reserve Policy and Practice under Disaster and Extreme Climate Events

Lassa, J. A., Teng, P., Caballero-Anthony, M. & Shrestha, M., Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 10, 1, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Gender and Land Tenure in the Context of Disaster in Asia

Lassa, J., 5 Feb 2018, In : Disaster Prevention and Management: an international journal. 27, 1, p. 141-142 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewResearchpeer-review

Land tenure

Linking food security, carbon management and climate risk reduction in Eastern Indonesia

Suni, Y. & Lassa, J., 2018, Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, Social and Cultural Aspects. Douglas, P. & Saut, S. (eds.). Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd, p. 105-118 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

food security
risk reduction