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Online lecture by Dr. Devisari Tunas from ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore on ‘Challenges in translating technological innovation in cities’

Guest lecturer: Dr. Devisari Tunas – ETH Future Cities Laboratory - Singapore

This lecture will discuss the process and challenges in bridging research to actions, by taking the case of the piloting of a planning support tool in Indonesian cities. For the past few years, the Future Cities Laboratory, a research programme in Singapore that is part of ETH Zurich, has been developing a planning support tool that aims to help city makers in the rapidly developing cities making informed planning decisions. Using geo-spatialised data, the tool works by overlaying and cross analysing various data sets from different thematic areas, subsequently demarcating ‘stress points’ and ‘sweet spots’. The tool caught the attention of several multilateral organisations, who saw its potential in enhancing local planning capacities in Indonesia. They subsequently offered financial support to pilot the tool in several cities in Indonesia in the course of three years. The experience of piloting such tool offers several key learning points that went beyond the technical issues as it delves deep into the issue of policy change process, policy capacity and leadership in urban governance and planning. This lecture is expected to broaden students’ perspectives of the process involved in translating research into actions, strategies to implement it, and what researchers and planners can do to facilitate it.

Dr Devisari Tunas is the Scenario Coordinator for the Archipelago Cities at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) of the Singapore-​ETH Centre. Trained as an architect and urban planner, she obtained her PhD degree in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and Master degree in both “Conservation of historic buildings and towns”, and “Social and cultural anthropology” from Katholieke Universitet Leuven (Belgium). Devisari is currently co-​leading several ADB and SECO-​funded research projects in Indonesia with Prof Stephen Cairns who is the lead principal investigator, namely in Bandung, Palembang, Semarang and Makassar. The projects focus on the development of smart systems and a planning tool which aims to help decision makers to make better informed, integrated and inclusive planning decisions on the city and metropolitan level. She was the Singaporean collaborator of LSE’s 'Resource Urbanism' research project co-​funded by LSE Kuwait Programme, which examined multiple aspects of how natural resources, urban form and infrastructure affect each other and potentially lead to the establishment of divergent forms of urbanism. Prior to joining FCL, she worked as a researcher in the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (National University of Singapore) and Delft University of Technology. She was involved in various research projects related to urban sustainability assessment, the impact of built environment on community life, and urban socio-spatial fragmentation.