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School of Geography

Andri Mardiah Andri Mardiah

Contact details

Room 10.15
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



The Interface between Disaster and Development: livelihood and local economy revival through community based disaster management in Indonesia

Project overview

Disasters usually impact on long-term development progress; but conversely disaster can provide development opportunities. However, unsustainable redevelopment may also lead to greater risk of a future disaster. Previous research suggests that a key element of successful disaster management is community participation in disaster management cycles, particularly in terms of reviving local economy of the impacted area, especially during the recovery period. The recovery phase (i.e. Rehabilitation and Reconstruction) is a window of opportunity that can fill the gap between emergency response and the regular development process, thereby transforming disaster into a sustainable development.


The aims of this study are to investigate the significance of applying community based approaches in disaster management at the post-disaster recovery period; and to explore the effectiveness of various levels of community engagement in facilitating a recovery process, especially in terms of reviving livelihoods and the local economy

The hypothesis to be tested is derived from community (horizontal) integration theory:  the stronger a social network is, the better a process of post-disaster recovery will be. Thus, the overarching question of this research is ‘to what extent can community based disaster management practice at post-disaster recovery period contribute to reviving the livelihood and local economy?’.

The expected result of this study is a new insight on effective community-based approaches in the context of Indonesia in order to improve post-disaster recovery of livelihoods and the local economy


Research affiliations

Cities and Social Justice


Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Conferences/training courses attended

  • Training for Trainer (ToT) Disaster Mitigation (UGM Indonesia and Ritsumeikan Japan)
  • International Program for Development and Evaluation Training

Employment History


  • Graduate with ‘Cum laude’ for Bachelor Degree in Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
  • High Distinction for Master Degree thesis in Monash University, Australia
  • Awardee of Australian Development Scholarship from Australian Government for Master Degree in Monash University, Australia
  • Awardee of Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education from Government of Indonesia for  PhD Degree in University of Leeds