Funded by the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) and the Austrian Agency for International Mobility (OeAD) my Dissertation-Project aims to analyse innvoative and effective housing policy towards slums in developing countries. Based on literature review and best practices awarded by UN-Habitat, I have chosen three cities of different size as case studies: Surabaya, Surakarta and Pekalongan (see map).
Surabaya, the capital of east Java with ca. 2.5 million inhabitants, has a long tradition of slum upgrading, dating back to the colonial rule of the Dutch (UN-Habitat 2002; Phelps et al. 2014).
Surakarta, a city in central Java with ca. 500.000 inhabitants, famous for its policy innovations, e.g. the peaceful relocation of its street vendors and the resettlement of many squatter settlers out of hazardous areas (UN-Habitat 2008c; Widianingsih & Morrell 2007).
Pekalongan in central Java with approx. 250.000 inhabitants, recognized for its ambitious goal to free the city from slums introducing an approach based on participation and empowerment (UN-Habitat 2008a; Yusrina & Akhmadi 2013).