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South East Asia Resilience Hub (SEARCH): Socio-Economic Resilience of Coastal Communities


Principal Investigators

Dr. Saut Sagala


Prof. Gavin Sullivan



Current Opportunities

Join the SEARCH Network. For further information, contact:
Danang Azhari, Email: dana.azhari@rdi.or.id

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Recently, the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi (Palu) devastated communities. Long-term sustainability and livelihoods are affected due to the destruction, loss of life, loss of shelters and economic sources, particularly as the government's new spatial mapping has designated almost the whole coastline as hazard/risk areas; in turn, local community confidence in government interventions and disaster science has diminished. The Palu disaster is a recent, relevant, and novel case to be contrasted with other resilience issues in relevant locations throughout Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines. This disaster occurred in a seismically active country and further illustrates how disaster preparedness and response capabilities of coastal communities are still deprioritized. Responding to this predicament a team of ASEAN-based multidisciplinary team of researcher lead by Dr. Saut Sagala (RDI Senior Research Fellow) conduct a network research titled SEARCH (South East Asia Resilience Hub) Network.

The SEARCH Network links scholars and practitioners from South East Asia (SEA) and the UK around the topic of disaster risk management (DRM), community response, and socio-economic factors of coastal communities in the SEA region. These countries share many similarities and interests regarding coastal hazard issues. This network builds upon current joint research projects between RDI and Coventry university to facilitate knowledge exchange on community adaptive capacities and recovery from disaster, socio-economic factors in disaster preparedness, response and reconstruction, and unintended consequences of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts; particularly those that are government-led. SEARCH combines social science and natural hazard research into an interdisciplinary community of practice for at-risk coastal communities, and facilitates collaboration between SEA and UK-based researchers on impact of the Palu, Central Sulawesi disaster that exhibit potential for creative lesson sharing with other coastal communities in the SEA region, including Padang and West Java coastal areas. These lessons wil be centered around aspects pertinent to disaster resilience in coastal areas which includes adaptive community responses, suitable early warning mechanisms, education, and training. The SEARCH Network incorporates researchers and NGOs in SEA to enhance knowledge exchange and conceptualise future research plans on cutting-edge issues related to local level disaster recovery, how unintended and negative impacts of DRR initiatives can have adverse effect on communities resilience and levels of trust, government-citizen engagement, and survivor led initiatives.

This network contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community elements with its endeavor to build coastal communities’ resiliency. This network links the under-researched and fill the gap of social- economic resilience factors in such coastal communities through interdisciplinary approaches. Each stakeholders, such as National and Local Government, NGOs, and coastal communities from each partnering countries can exchange and integrate their perspectives about building coastal communities’ resiliency. Knowledge exchange, best-practice of adaptive community, coastal planning and development, potential future research, and robust practice-policy interventions will be produced through this hub.

Sources of Funding: The Academy of Medical Science - GCRF Networking Grants

Relevant Past Publications:

  • SEARCH Webinar #2: Lessons Learned from the Implementation of CCA-DRR in South East Asia’s Coastal Cities | RDI | Download
  • SEARCH Webinar Series #1 "Lessons Learned from Non-Governmental Actors on the Implementation of Inclusive and Adaptive Disaster Response in Southeast Asia" | RDI | Download
  • Sustaining a Transformative Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy: Grandmothers’ Telling and Singing Tsunami Stories for over 100 Years Saving Lives on Simeulue Island | Sutton, S. A., Paton, D., Buergelt, P., Sagala, S., & Meilianda, E. | Download
  • What's in a name?“Smong” and the sustaining of risk communication and DRR behaviours as evocation fades | Sutton, Stephen A., Douglas Paton, Petra Buergelt, Ella Meilianda, and Saut Sagala. | Download
  • Nandong Smong and Tsunami lullabies: Song and music as an effective communication tool in disaster risk reduction | Sutton, S. A., Paton, D., Buergelt, P., Sagala, S., & Meilianda, E. | Download
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, social and cultural aspects | Sullivan, G. B. | Download
  • Adaptive Social Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Community Resilience: Evidence from Rural Areas in Indonesia | Sagala, S., Yamin, D, Pratama, A., Rianawati, E. | Download
  • Measuring Community Resilience to Natural Hazards: Case Study of Yogyakarta Province. In Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia | Anwar, H. Z., Yustiningrum, E., Andriana, N., Kusumawardhani, D. T. P., Sagala, S., & Sari, A. M. | Download
  • Promoting Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Community to Climate Change: from Individuals to Collective Efforts. Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia Environmental, Social, and Cultural | Saut Sagala, Dika Fajri Fiisabiilillah, Musyafa Syahbid, and Edwin Gultom. | Download
  • PETA PADA PERATURAN DAERAH KOTA PALU NOMOR 16 TAHUN 2011 TENTANG RENCANA TATA RUANG WILAYAH KOTA PALU TAHUN 2010 – 2030 | BADAN PERENCANAAN PEMBANGUNAN DAERAH DAN PENANAMAN MODAL (BAPPEDA & PM) KOTA PALU | Download
  • MAP OF SPATIAL PATTERN PLAN PALU CITY 2030 | BADAN PERENCANAAN PEMBANGUNAN DAERAH DAN PENANAMAN MODAL (BAPPEDA & PM) KOTA PALU | Download
  • ASEAN REGIONAL FRAMEWORK ON PROTECTION, GENDER, AND INCLUSION IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT 2021-2025 | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ASEAN DECLARATION ON ONE ASEAN, ONE RESPONSE: ASEAN RESPONDING TO DISASTERS AS ONE IN THE REGION AND OUTSIDE THE REGION | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • WORK PLAN FOR STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK ON DRR AND CCA INTEGRATION | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ASEAN VISION 2025 ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ASEAN AGREEMENT ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (AADMER) WORK PROGRAMME 2021-2025 | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ATTACHMENT VII OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT VI OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT III OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT II OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT COASTAL CLIMATE RESILIENCE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (CCRIP) | INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (IFAD) | Download
  • URBAN COASTAL RESILIENCE VALUING NATURE'S ROLE | THE NATURE CONSERVANCY | Download
  • OCEANS FOR PROSPERITY REFORMS FOR A BLUE ECONOMY IN INDONESIA | WORLD BANK | Download
  • CLIMATE RESILIENCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY 2020-2045 | MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING / BAPPENAS | Download
  • CLIMATE CHANGE 2022. IMPACTS ADAPTATION AND VULNERABILITY | INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE | Download
  • TRENDS IN POVERTY AND LIVELIHOODS IN COASTAL FISHING COMMUNITIES | FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) OF THE UNITED NATIONS | Download
  • ADVANCING THE RESILIENCE OF COASTAL LOCALITIES DEVELOPING IMPLEMENTING AND SUSTAINING THE USE OF COASTAL RESILIENCE INDICATORS | NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION | Download
  • BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE ASEAN FROM WATER-RELATED DISASTERS | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • COASTALRES PROJECT REPORT | UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, AND THE CHANNEL COASTAL | Download
  • A RESILIENT FUTURE FOR COASTAL COMMUNITIES, FEDERAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SOLUTIONS IN PRACTICE | ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY STUDY INSTITUTE (EESI) | Download
  • FRAMEWORK FOR A COASTAL ECOLOGICAL ADAPTATION PRIORITIZATION SUPPORT TOOL METHODOLOGY | URBAN COAST INSTITUTE | Download
  • COASTAL COMMUNITY RESILIENCE INDICATORS AND RATING SYSTEMS | THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA) | Download
  • STATISTICS OF MARINE AND COASTAL RESOURCES: CLIMATE CHANGE IN COASTAL AREA 2020 | BADAN PUSAT STATISTIK INDONESIA | Download
  • THE BLUE GUIDE TO COASTAL RESILIENCE, A HANDBOOK FOR PRACTITIONERS OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION | THE NATURE CONSERVANCY | Download
  • [Report] Publications:

  • THE BLUE GUIDE TO COASTAL RESILIENCE, A HANDBOOK FOR PRACTITIONERS OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION | THE NATURE CONSERVANCY | Download
  • STATISTICS OF MARINE AND COASTAL RESOURCES: CLIMATE CHANGE IN COASTAL AREA 2020 | BADAN PUSAT STATISTIK INDONESIA | Download
  • COASTAL COMMUNITY RESILIENCE INDICATORS AND RATING SYSTEMS | THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA) | Download
  • FRAMEWORK FOR A COASTAL ECOLOGICAL ADAPTATION PRIORITIZATION SUPPORT TOOL METHODOLOGY | URBAN COAST INSTITUTE | Download
  • A RESILIENT FUTURE FOR COASTAL COMMUNITIES, FEDERAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SOLUTIONS IN PRACTICE | ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY STUDY INSTITUTE (EESI) | Download
  • COASTALRES PROJECT REPORT | UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, AND THE CHANNEL COASTAL | Download
  • BUILDING RESILIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE ASEAN FROM WATER-RELATED DISASTERS | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ADVANCING THE RESILIENCE OF COASTAL LOCALITIES DEVELOPING IMPLEMENTING AND SUSTAINING THE USE OF COASTAL RESILIENCE INDICATORS | NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION | Download
  • TRENDS IN POVERTY AND LIVELIHOODS IN COASTAL FISHING COMMUNITIES | FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) OF THE UNITED NATIONS | Download
  • CLIMATE CHANGE 2022. IMPACTS ADAPTATION AND VULNERABILITY | INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE | Download
  • CLIMATE RESILIENCE DEVELOPMENT POLICY 2020-2045 | MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING / BAPPENAS | Download
  • OCEANS FOR PROSPERITY REFORMS FOR A BLUE ECONOMY IN INDONESIA | WORLD BANK | Download
  • URBAN COASTAL RESILIENCE VALUING NATURE'S ROLE | THE NATURE CONSERVANCY | Download
  • IMPACT ASSESSMENT REPORT COASTAL CLIMATE RESILIENCE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (CCRIP) | INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (IFAD) | Download
  • [Government Policy] Publications:

  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT II OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT III OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT VI OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ATTACHMENT VII OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION NO 16 OF 2011 ON REGIONAL SPATIAL PLANNING OF PALU CITY YEAR 2010-2030 | Palu City Authority | Download
  • ASEAN AGREEMENT ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (AADMER) WORK PROGRAMME 2021-2025 | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ASEAN VISION 2025 ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • WORK PLAN FOR STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK ON DRR AND CCA INTEGRATION | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ASEAN DECLARATION ON ONE ASEAN, ONE RESPONSE: ASEAN RESPONDING TO DISASTERS AS ONE IN THE REGION AND OUTSIDE THE REGION | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • ASEAN REGIONAL FRAMEWORK ON PROTECTION, GENDER, AND INCLUSION IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT 2021-2025 | ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS (ASEAN) | Download
  • [Maps] Publications:

  • MAP OF SPATIAL PATTERN PLAN PALU CITY 2030 | BADAN PERENCANAAN PEMBANGUNAN DAERAH DAN PENANAMAN MODAL (BAPPEDA & PM) KOTA PALU | Download
  • PETA PADA PERATURAN DAERAH KOTA PALU NOMOR 16 TAHUN 2011 TENTANG RENCANA TATA RUANG WILAYAH KOTA PALU TAHUN 2010 – 2030 | BADAN PERENCANAAN PEMBANGUNAN DAERAH DAN PENANAMAN MODAL (BAPPEDA & PM) KOTA PALU | Download
  • [Prior Research] Publications:

  • Promoting Adaptive Capacity of Coastal Community to Climate Change: from Individuals to Collective Efforts. Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia Environmental, Social, and Cultural | Saut Sagala, Dika Fajri Fiisabiilillah, Musyafa Syahbid, and Edwin Gultom. | Download
  • Measuring Community Resilience to Natural Hazards: Case Study of Yogyakarta Province. In Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia | Anwar, H. Z., Yustiningrum, E., Andriana, N., Kusumawardhani, D. T. P., Sagala, S., & Sari, A. M. | Download
  • Adaptive Social Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Community Resilience: Evidence from Rural Areas in Indonesia | Sagala, S., Yamin, D, Pratama, A., Rianawati, E. | Download
  • Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, social and cultural aspects | Sullivan, G. B. | Download
  • Nandong Smong and Tsunami lullabies: Song and music as an effective communication tool in disaster risk reduction | Sutton, S. A., Paton, D., Buergelt, P., Sagala, S., & Meilianda, E. | Download
  • What's in a name?“Smong” and the sustaining of risk communication and DRR behaviours as evocation fades | Sutton, Stephen A., Douglas Paton, Petra Buergelt, Ella Meilianda, and Saut Sagala. | Download
  • Sustaining a Transformative Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy: Grandmothers’ Telling and Singing Tsunami Stories for over 100 Years Saving Lives on Simeulue Island | Sutton, S. A., Paton, D., Buergelt, P., Sagala, S., & Meilianda, E. | Download
  • [News] Publications:

  • SEARCH Webinar Series #1 "Lessons Learned from Non-Governmental Actors on the Implementation of Inclusive and Adaptive Disaster Response in Southeast Asia" | RDI | Download
  • SEARCH Webinar #2: Lessons Learned from the Implementation of CCA-DRR in South East Asia’s Coastal Cities | RDI | Download
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