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Volume 18, issue 6 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1785-1810, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1785-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 27 Jun 2018

Review article | 27 Jun 2018

Review article: A systematic literature review of research trends and authorships on natural hazards, disasters, risk reduction and climate change in Indonesia

Riyanti Djalante Riyanti Djalante
  • 1United Nations University – Institute of Environment and human Security, 53117 Bonn, Germany
  • acurrent address: United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo, 150-8925, Japan

Abstract. Indonesia is one of the most vulnerable countries to disasters and climate change. While there has been a proliferation of academic publications on natural hazards, risks and disasters on Indonesia, there has not yet been a systematic literature review (SLR) to determine the progress, key topics and authorships. SLR is important so researchers can build upon existing works, avoid bias, determine major research topics and the need for further research, and strengthen research capacity in the future. The author conducts a SLR of publications indexed within the Scopus database from 1900 to 2016 on topics related to disasters and climate change in Indonesia. Two major findings are outlined. The first is related to major research topics: (1) natural hazard, risk and disaster assessments (HRD); (2) disaster risk reduction (DRR); and (3) climate change risks, vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (CC). More than half are related to HRD and focus on volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes. Publications on DRR are related to governance, early-warning systems, and recovery and reconstruction. Those on CC discuss carbon emission, forestry, governance and sectoral impacts. The author calls for future research on different hazards, different locations, and impacts of disasters and climate change. Risks and vulnerability assessments from hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards are needed. Other locations beyond Sumatra and Java islands are to be examined. Urban risk assessments and the economic and social impacts of disasters and climate change on vulnerable places and communities are equally important. Risk governance at the national, local and community level is to be strengthened to increase resilience. The second finding examines the roles of Indonesian researchers and organizations. Findings show limited progress in research, publication and collaboration. International/non-Indonesian authors dominate the literature, and only half of the publications are co-authored by Indonesians. International collaborations have been conducted by very few Indonesian organizations. This could be due to limited experience in academic collaboration, power play amongst researchers, lack of research capacity, weak English academic writings skills and limited provisions within higher-education systems. The author recommends more funding and incentives for collaborations; training on English academic writing and journal article publications; capacity building especially for early careers, female and social science researchers; encouragement of multi-disciplinary collaborations; and strengthening of science communication in social media and science-policy advocacy.

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Indonesia is one of the most vulnerable countries to disasters and climate change. The author did a systematic literature review on research topics and roles of Indonesian researches, indexed within Scopus from 1900 to 2016. Three major topics are found: natural hazard and disaster assessments; disaster risk reduction; and climate change risks, impacts and adaptation. Indonesian researchers still have limited progress in high-quality publications and international scientific collaborations.
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