Christian Obermayr

Cities – Urbanization – Governance – Global South – Housing – Policies – Slums – Informality – Indonesia

My Dissertation

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Surakarta 2011: A new settlement for former squatters relocated from the Bengawan Solo River bank

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).

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