Biography: John Petrus Talan graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Development Studies from the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia. Before joining the GCSMUS Program, he worked as a researcher resident at the Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change (IRGSC)-Indonesia. He has worked as a co-evaluator and researcher in many NGO projects such as Plan International, World Vision, Lutheran World Relief, Child Fund, Millennium Challenge Account – Indonesia (MCA-Indonesia), ACF International, amongst others. He has also worked as a consultant in several government infrastructure development projects in Indonesia such as Park and Ride, Bus Station Development, and Transit-oriented Development (TOD). His areas of Interest are regional planning, community participation and innovation, infrastructure development, climate change, technology adoption, and water conflicts.
Research Topic: “The Challenge to Increase Community Participation in Urban Development in Indonesia”