On April 26 2021, RDI held a cross-cutting fellow engagement meeting to discuss road map, on-going projects, potential for collaborations, and idea sharing between research fellows from cross-cutting clusters. The five cross-cutting clusters are Children, Social Welfare, and Health (CSWH), Finance and Business Management (FBM), Tourism and Cultural Heritage (TCH), Water and Waste Management (WWM), and Regional and Urban Policy (RUP). The meeting was attended by RDI Director, Dr. Elisabeth Rianawati; 5 RDI Senior Research Fellows: Dr. Saut Sagala, Dr. Akino Tahir, Aria M., Dr. Niken Prilandita, and Dr. Nino Viartasiwi and 5 RDI staffs.
There are 5 on-going projects for cross-cutting clusters with various topics such as urbanization, gender, social protection, and school safety program. RDI along with University of Philippines conducted a regional workshop for one of the projects, which was Non-Normative Gender and Sexualities (2020-2021). RDI also plans to conduct a capacity building for queer communities and other gender minorities groups that will be held at the start of June 2021.
During this meeting, RDI research fellows expressed their interests towards cross-cutting topics, for example Dr. Akino Tahir was interested in Water and Waste Management and Dr. Nino Viartasiwi was interested in urban-rural continuum. There are also some interesting ideas for future researches, one of them being rapid environmental assessment for post-disasters waste management. Hopefully, this meeting will not only accommodate research fellows interest, but also strengthen the collaboration within RDI members.