A longitudinal study of climate change related health effects in low-income settlements: evidence from Semarang and Pekalongan


The combination of rapid urbanization and climate change has brought a serious challenge to the sustainability of human settlements and the health of inhabitants especially those low-income community living in dense informal settlements. This presentation examines the efficacy of public vertical housing development as one of government prescriptions to deal with human settlement issues in Indonesia. Using a longitudinal data from a primary survey in 2014 and 2021, it compares climate change related health effects of low-income community in the public vertical housing and informal settlements (urban kampong). Some implications for human settlement planning will be discussed in this presentation.


Rukuh Setiadi is an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Diponegoro University, Indonesia and a researcher at the SDGs Centre of the university. He has background in urban planning. He is interested on the intellectual space between urbanization and various contemporary urban topics including climate change, resilience, health and environmental sustainability. He also serves as an executive director of the Inisiatif Kota untuk Perubahan Iklim (IKUPI), a non-profit organization which focuses to support urban climate change initiative in Indonesia. Rukuh is also a contributing author of the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC on Chapter 6 ‘Cities, Settlement, and Key Infrastructure”.


This seminar will be streamed using the video conferencing software, Zoom.