March 2021 HWISE Scholar Highlight: Thanti Octavianti

Thanti Octavianti is a research fellow in cities, water and resilience at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She completed her PhD in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University in 2019. She holds MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University and BEng in Environmental Engineering from Universitas Indonesia. Prior to doing postgraduate studies, she worked as a consultant in the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works, where she assessed the local governments’ performance in the provision of water services. 

Her doctoral research examined the political dynamics arising from Jakarta’s seawall plan to prevent future coastal flooding in the city. In her postdoctoral study, she works with Chad Staddon to develop the HWISE module for application in diverse settings and focuses, such as measuring the relationship between household water insecurity and handwashing practices in the Rohingya refugee communities in Bangladesh. 

Her research strands therefore can be grouped into large-scale water infrastructures and household water insecurity. She is also developing interest in smart city governance, particularly in how cities can utilise the rapid development of technology, e.g. sensors and artificial intelligence, to manage flood risks.


Octavianti, T and Staddon, C. 2021. A critical review of 80 assessment tools measuring water security. WIREs Water

Staddon, C, Everard, M, Mytton, J, Octavianti, T, Powell, W, Quinn,N, Uddin, SMN, Young, SL, Miller, JD, Budds, J, Geere, J, Meehan, K, Stevenson, EGJ, Vonk, J, Miziniak, J. 2020. Water Insecurity Compounds the Global Coronavirus Crisis. Water International 45(5):416-422.

Octavianti, T. 2020.Re-thinking water security: How does flooding fit into the concept? Environmental Science and Policy 106:145-146.

Charles, K; Octavianti, T; Hylton, E; Remmington, G. 2020. Equity and urban water security. In: Dadson, Simon J. Garrick, Dustin E. Penning‐Rowsell, Edmund C. Hall, Jim W. Hope, Rob Hughes, Jocelyne (eds). Water Science, Policy, and Management: A Global Challenge (p. 329-344). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  

Octavianti, T and Charles, K. 2019. De- and re-politicisation of water security: The case of Jakarta’s seawall plan. Water Alternatives 12(3):1017-1037. 

Octavianti, T and Charles, K. 2018. Disaster capitalism? Examining the politicisation of land subsidence crisis in pushing Jakarta’s seawall megaproject. Water Alternatives 11(2): 394-420. 

Octavianti, T and Charles, K. 2018. Evolution of Jakarta’s flood policies: The lock-in of infrastructural measures. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 37(6): 1102-1125.

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