Wiwandari Handayani

  • Role in Center:

    Advanced Researcher

  • Discipline:

    Urban and Regional Planning

  • University:

    Diponegoro University

  • Country:


Wiwandari Handayani is a professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering – Diponegoro University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning (UNDIP), master’s degrees in urban and regional planning (ITB) and population studies (ANU-Australia), and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Stuttgart – Germany in Regional Development Planning.
She has been actively involved in works related to urban sustainability and resilience since 2011. She was on the team of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)-Rockefeller program in Semarang City and performed as M&E coordinator for several projects implemented in 2011-2014. She contributed ideas and insights for promoting a Resilient City in Semarang and some other areas in Indonesia since 2015. Currently, she has been engaging in several networks including GCSMUS focusing on SDG 11 and NUPS focusing on Migration and Climate Change supported by the German government, and awardee of some research grants including KONEKSI from the Australian Government, KOICA-South Korea, and LUCE-USA.

Selected Publications:

  • Laeni, N./Ovink, H./Busscher, T./Handayani, W./van den Brink, M. (2021): A transformative process for urban climate resilience: The case of Water as Leverage Resilient Cities Asia in Semarang, Indonesia. In: Dinther, R. D. G. V. (ed.): Climate Resilient Urban Areas. Governance, design and development in coastal delta cities. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 155-173.

  • Handayani, W./Setiadi, R./Septiarani, B./Lewis, L. L. (2020): Metropolitan Semarang: Clustering and connecting locally championed metropolitan solutions. In Mehrotra, S./Lewis, L.L./Orloff, M./ Olberding, B. (eds.): Greater Than Parts: A Metropolitan Opportunity. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

  • Handayani, W./Insani, T. D./Fisher, M./Gim, T. H. T./Mardhotillah, S./Adam, U. E. F. (2022): Effects of COVID-19 restriction measures in Indonesia: A comparative spatial and policy analysis of selected urban agglomerations. In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 76, 103015.

  • Handayani, W./Dewi, S. P./Septiarani, B. (2022): Toward adaptive water governance: An examination on stakeholders engagement and interactions in Semarang City, Indonesia. In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, 25, 1914-1943.


  • Handayani, W./Chigbu, U. E./Rudiarto, I./Putri, I. H. S. (2020): Urbanization and Increasing Flood Risk in the Northern Coast of Central Java—Indonesia: An Assessment towards Better Land Use Policy and Flood Management. In: Land, 9(10), 343.

  • Handayani, W./ Putri, I. H. S./Anggraeni, M./Setyono, J. (2019): Community-based disaster management: assessing local preparedness groups (LPGs) to build a resilient community in Semarang City, Indonesia. In: Disaster Advances, 12(5).

  • Handayani, W./Fisher, M. R./Rudiarto, I./Setyono, J. S./Foley, D. (2019): Operationalizing resilience: A content analysis of flood disaster planning in two coastal cities in Central Java, Indonesia. In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 35, 101073.

  • Handayani, W./Rudiarto, I./Setyono, J. S./Chigbu, U. E./Sukmawati, A. M. A. (2017): Vulnerability assessment: A comparison of three different city sizes in the coastal area of Central Java, Indonesia. In: Advances in Climate Change Research, 8(4), 286-296.

  • Dewi, R. S./Handayani, W./Pratama, I. P./Vries, W. T./Rudiarto, I./Artiningsih. (2024): Assessing Flood Vulnerability from Rapid Urban Growth: A Case of Central Java — Indonesia. In: Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, 11(4).

  • Putri, I. H. S./Buchori, I./Handayani, W. (2023): Land use change and precipitation implication to hydrometeorological disasters in Central Java: An overview. In: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 14(1).

Areas of Expertise:

Urban and Regional Planning, Urban and Regional Resilience, Disaster Risk Management, Climate Adaptation, Governance in Planning and Development.

Current Position(s):

• Since 2021: Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Engineering – Diponegoro University
• Since 2018: Head of Center for Urban and Regional Resilience Research (CURE), Faculty of Engineering – Diponegoro University
• Since 2014: Head of the research division in the Initiative for Urban Climate Change and Environment (IUCCE)
• Founding Board Member of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Center – Diponegoro University

Past Position(s)

• 2022: Expert, Climate Change – Delivery Unit, New Capital Authority
• 2012-2021: Head of Laboratory of Regional Development and Environmental Management, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
• 2015-2019: Deputy of Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Semarang – Indonesia under the program of Global Resilient Cities Network

Memberships & Networks:

• Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN)
• Global Center of Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (GCSMUS)
• Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN)
• Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)
• Networking unit Paradigm Shift in the Migration Society (NUPS)