Neysa J. Setiadi


Neysa J. Setiadi is Research Associate at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection since October 2016. She works in the research project KIRMin, funded by BMBF. Her main research interest is application of vulnerability and resilience concepts and assessment methods, as well as the topic of disaster preparedness and risk management in the urban context.

Neysa has a multidisciplinary academic background, she obtained her Bachelor´s Degree in Environmental Engineering in Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, Master´s Degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, University of Stuttgart, and finally completed her PhD in Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation, University of Bonn. Her PhD topic was “Assessing People´s Early Warning Response Capability to Inform Urban Planning Interventions to Reduce Vulnerability to Tsunamis – Case Study of Padang City, Indonesia”, where she applied the concept of vulnerability in the context of disaster preparedness (early warning and evacuation planning) and applied qualitative and quantitative assessment methods at the city and household level to provide recommendations for the urban and emergency planners.

Prior to joining the Technical University of Cologne, Neysa worked at the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) as a Research Associate in the Vulnerability Assessment Section. She was involved in research projects and expert networking activities especially related to Indonesia and Southeast Asia, but also in other projects in Europe and Germany, dealing with the topic of vulnerability, resilience, and climate change adaptation. Neysa was also involved at GTZ Water Program Philippines, where she primarily focused on assessing the process of integrated water resources management at the national, meso- and micro-levels as well as assisting with related capacity building activities.

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Selected Publications:

Surtiari, G.A.K ., Garschagen, M ., Birkmann , J., Setiadi, N ., Manuati, Y. (in Print): Coastal resilience in Indonesia: From plan to implementation. In: Greiving, S., Ubaura, M., Tesiliar, J. (Eds.): Spatial Planning and Resilience Following Disasters: International and Comparative Perspectives. Policy Press. (ISBN: 978-1447323587)

Birkmann, J., Garschagen, M., Setiadi, N. (2014): New challenges for adaptive urban governance in highly dynamic environments: Revisiting planning systems and tools for adaptive and strategic planning. Urban Climate 7: 115–133

Setiadi, N. (2014): Understanding challenges at the “Last-Mile” in developing an effective risk communication to reduce people´s vulnerability in context of tsunami early warning and evacuation. In: Kontar, Y., Santiago-Fandino, V., Takahashi, T. (Eds): Tsunami Events and Lessons Learned – Environmental and Societal Significance, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Vol. 35, pp. 417-433. Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York. (ISBN 978-94-007-7268-7)

Birkmann, J., Cutter, S., Rothman, D., Welle, T., Garschagen, M., Van Ruijven, B., O’Neil, B., Preston, B., Kienberger, S., Cardona, O.D., Siagian, T., Hidayati, D., Setiadi, N., Binder, C., Hughes, B., Pulwarty, R. (2014): Scenarios for Vulnerability – Opportunities and constraints in the context of climate change and disaster risk. Climatic Change (online first) (DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0913-2) .

Birkmann, J., Setiadi, N. J., and Fiedler, G. (2013): A Culture of Preparedness – the Last Mile, case study Tsunami Risk – Padang City, Indonesia; in: Krueger, F. and Orlowski, B. (eds.): Cultures and Disasters – Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction, Routledge, New York.

Bach, C., Birkmann, J., Kropp, J., Olonscheck, M., Setiadi, N., Vollmer, M., Walther, C. (2013): Abschätzung der Verwundbarkeit von Bevölkerung und Kritischen Infrastrukturen gegenüber Hitzewellen und Starkregen. Praxis im Bevölkerungsschutz, Band 11, Auflage 09/2013 . Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe, Bonn. (ISBN: 978-3-939347-55-2)

Taubenböck, H., Goseberg, N., Lämmel, G., Setiadi, N., Schlurmann, T., Nagel, K., et al. (2012): Risk Reduction at the „Last-Mile”: an attempt to turn science into action by the example of Padang, Indonesia. Natural Hazards (online first). DOI 10.1007/s11069-012-0377-0.

Birkmann, J., Chang Seng, D., Setiadi, N. (2012): Enhancing early warning in the light of migration and environmental shocks. Environmental Science and Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2012.04.002

Birkmann, J., Chang Seng D., Wolfertz, J., Setiadi, N., et al. (2012): Early Discussion and Gap Analysis on Resilience. emBRACE Project: Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe. Working Paper Work Package 1, Deliverable 1.1.

Setiadi, N., Birkmann, J. (2010): Working Package 1000: Socio-Economic Vulnerability Indicators. Final Report for the “Last-Mile – Evacuation”  Project, DFG/BMBF Special Program Geotechnologies. United Nations  University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). German.

Setiadi, N, Birkmann, J., Buckle P. (2010): Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Case Studies from South and Southeast Asia. SOURCE Publication No. 14/2010. Publication Series of UNU-EHS. UNU-EHS, Bonn. (ISBN: 978-3-939923-42-8)

Setiadi, N., Taubenböck, H., Raupp, S. & Birkmann, J. (2010): Integrating socio-economic data in spatial analysis: An exposure analysis method for planning urban risk mitigation. 15th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society (REALCORP), Vienna, Austria. GeoMultimedia 2010.

Birkmann J., Buckle P., Jäger J., Pelling M., Setiadi N., Garschagen M., Fernando N., Kropp J. (2010): Extreme events and disasters: a window of opportunity for change?—Analysis of changes, formal and informal responses after mega disasters. In: Natural Hazards 55(3): 637–655

Bogardi, J.,Birkmann, J., Gebert, N., Setiadi, N. (2009): Security Challenge: Preparing for Not-Experienced, Low-Frequency, Extreme Natural Hazards. In: Brauch, H.G., Oswald Spring, Ú., Grin, J., Mesjasz, C., Kameri-Mbote, P., Behera, N.C., Chourou, B., Krummenacher, H. (Eds.): Facing Global Environmental Change – Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts. Springer, pp. 283-293

Birkmann, J., Setiadi, N., Hoffmann, S., Esswein, K., Burchi, F. (2007): Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Tsunami Affected Countries. UNU-EHS and DAAD Special Seminar, UNU-EHS Working Paper No. 3, Bonn.