AIC Urban Water Cluster

Developing leapfrogging pathways towards water sensitive cities in Indonesia.



  • Raul Marino Zamudio
    Research Fellow
  • Dr Briony Rogers
  • Dr Christian Urich
  • Dr David McCarthy
  • Dr Ashley Wright
  • Dr Emily Payne
  • Dr Harsha Fowler
  • Dr Alex Gunn
  • Dr Jane Holden
  • Dr Megan Farrelly

Partner organisation

  • The Centre, hosted by Monash University, is a collaboration between Monash University, the Australian National University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Sydney, working with seven leading Indonesian universities. The Indonesian academic institutions are Institut Pertanian Bogor, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Airlangga, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Hasanuddin, and Universitas Indonesia. Valued corporate partners include the Pratt Foundation, PwC, and ANZ.

Funded by

  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre is supported through federal funding from Australia’s Department of Education and Training and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with the support of Indonesia’s Ministry for Research, Technology and Higher Education.

While Australian cities are on their (rather slow) path to transform to water sensitive futures, the possibility exists in developing Indonesian cities to leapfrog certain traditional stages in building core urban water infrastructure.

Dr Briony Rogers

This Strategic Research Project consists of six highly interlinked and interdisciplinary sub-projects expanding and applying current work on the ‘Water Sensitive Cities (WSC) index’ to the Indonesian city context, to help develop a strategy for the fast transitioning to more sustainable futures of Indonesian cities.

To deliver an agenda of resilient cities, the Urban Water Cluster will demonstrate how one of its key challenges can be addressed in an integrated and holistic way by focusing on water management.

Solutions to the urban water challenges will provide a significant exemplar, since there are many dimensions to sustainable urban water management in transforming urban centres into resilient and liveable societies, ranging from technological solutions, to urban planning and design, to community engagement and building the social and institutional capital for achieving these goals.

Both Indonesian and Australian cities are struggling with their water challenges: Australia had 14 years of drought interspersed with significant flood events and heat waves that presented significant community and management challenges; rapidly growing Indonesian cities are in grave need to quickly deliver more basic urban water services as more than 70 per cent of the country’s population relies on water obtained from potentially contaminated sources.