Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Postdoctoral researcher INECIS project, Twente University

Application deadline: 9 February 2019

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo Information Management (PGM) of ITC works on the linkage of geospatial technologies with both Urban Planning & Management and Land Administration. The department takes the role of people as a stakeholder in all processes central and looks both at understanding the past and the present, as well as predicting and supporting governance decisions for the sustainable future of urban regions and their hinterlands. The key focus of the work is on developments in the global South and is highly related to global challenges as recently described in the SDGs.

The INECIS project is a three-year project that will start in April 2019. The INECIS consortium encompasses partners from Indonesia (the Institut Teknologi Bandung and the National Center for Indonesia Leadership (INISIATIF)), and the Netherlands (University of Twente).

Studies that specifically address the contribution of urban kampongs to the city economy are scarce. It is yet unclear how can and should strategies, formulated at the local government level, integrate and collaborate with co-existing informal economies. Therefore, our research project aims to analyze the relationship between the informal economies of kampongs and formal creative industries strategies, and how these impact the spatial, social and economic development of kampongs. The study will identify: the commodification of informal industries and their contribution to the local economy, social and economic opportunities for Small Medium Enterprises, and the mutual relationship between the informal economy and land use patterns. The study also addresses the issue of justice for vulnerable communities, by analyzing the relationship between government-led strategies and changes to socio-economic characteristics, land, and tenure security in urban kampongs. The interdisciplinary research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches, including socio-economic, policy, and spatial methods of analysis.

Job description

In the project, you will be primarily involved in research questions of two WPs, i.e., How has the development of creative industries strategies in the city of Bandung taken into account the existence and the potential role of the informal economic activities occurring in the kampongs? What is the spatial and socio-economic relationship of the kampong with the rest of the city?

Specifically, you will develop and survey the informal (creative) industries in the kampong, to understand what economic activities within the kampong fit within a creative industries designation, what the characteristics of these activities are, and their location, relationship with formal and non-formal activities within the city and outside it. You will also participate in conducting and analyzing interviews with kampong leaders, and NGOs active on the field will help to understand the relationship of the kampong with the city and with policy makers and public officials and/ or other relevant stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of creative industries strategies; and contextualize the survey’s results. You will work with secondary data (namely census and remote sensing data and GIS) to conduct the socio-economic and spatial analysis.

By focusing on the differences between pre and post strategy implementation, the spatial, social and economic analysis will allow the discussion of potential impacts such as commodification, displacement and gentrification processes that might be emerging in the kampong. We will also be attentive to other processes of change that might emerge from the temporal analysis.

You will closely collaborate with our project partners in Indonesia. You will describe your results in your contributions to the INECIS project reports as well as in publications in peer-reviewed journals and on conferences.

Your profile

We are looking for a creative and motivated candidate. You should have:

  • Interest in creative industries, informal economies and global South challenges.
  • A PhD degree in Geography or Planning, with a strong interest in Economic Geography, GIS, Spatial Analysis, and/or public policy and governance. If you have not yet obtained your PhD degree, the PhD thesis has to be submitted before the start of the contract.
  • Experience in GIS and remote sensing.
  • Experience in involving stakeholders in research projects, preferably also experience in social science methods such as surveys and interviews.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills. Working knowledge of Indonesian is an asset.
  • Interest to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment.
  • Willingness to travel to Indonesia for stakeholder meetings and fieldwork.

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Wednesday 16 January 2019