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Senior Lecturer, Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Management, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University

Prior to joining Charles Darwin University, Jonatan worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore where he led climate change adaptation, food security and disaster risk reduction research in that role.

He served as a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute of Resource Governance and Social Change (IRGSC) and a Willis Research Fellow at Institute of Catastrophe and Risk Management - NTU. He also previously held positions as as a PhD researcher with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn (Germany) and as an Indonesia Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School (USA) (Cambridge, MA). In his professional career, he has also worked with the United Nations, international NGOs and the private sector

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Selected Publication since 2018


Sexual and reproductive health during disasters: A scoping review of the evidence. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 101733

Heat, cold, and floods: exploring farmers’ motivations to adapt to extreme weather events in the Terai region of Nepal. Natural Hazards (Accepted)

Assessing farmers’ preparedness to cope with the impacts of multiple climate change-related hazards in the Terai lowlands of Nepal. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Livelihoods transformation and climate change adaptation: the case of smallholder water buffalo farmers in the Philippines. Environmental Development 33

Review and analysis of current responses to COVID-19 in Indonesia: Period of January to March 2020. Progress in Disaster Science.

See also my commentaries at:


Negotiating Institutional Pathways for Sustaining Climate Change Resilience and Risk Governance in Indonesia. Climate 2019, 7(8), 95;

Measuring political will: An index of commitment to disaster risk reduction. International journal of disaster risk reduction. 34:64-74. DOI: [Elsevier]

Connecting the actors, discovering the ties: Exploring disaster risk governance network in Asia and Pacific. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 33:217-228. DOI:

Revisiting Emergency Food Reserve Policies and Practices under Disasters and Extreme Climate Event. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science. 10(1):1-13 DOI: 10.1007/s13753-018-0200-y.

Farmers’ interest and willingness-to-pay for index-based crop insurance in the lowlands of Nepal. Land Use Policy, 85: 1-10. Budhathoki, NK., Lassa, JA., Pun, S., Zander, KK.. 2019.


‘Twenty years of community-based disaster risk reduction experience from a dryland village in Indonesia’, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 10(1), a502.

Towards endogenous disasters and climate adaptation policy making in Indonesia”, Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, Vol. 27 Issue: 2, pp.228-242,

Linking food security, carbon management and climate risk reduction in Eastern Indonesia Suni, Y. & Lassa, J. (ERA2018 Researcher) 2018 Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, Social and Cultural Aspects. Douglas, P. & Saut, S. (eds.). Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd

Gender and Land Tenure in the Context of Disaster in Asia. Disaster Prevention and Management 27(1) DOI:10.1108/DPM-02-2018-300.

Non Government Organizations in Disaster Risk Reduction. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science, Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.45.

Understanding climate change impacts on water buffalo production through farmers’ perceptions. Climate Risk Management, 20: 50-63.

Livestock under climate change: a systematic review on impacts and adaptation. Climate, 6(3), 54; doi: 10.3390/cli6030054.


  • 2016–present
    Senior Lecturer, Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Management, Charles Darwin University
  • 2014–2016
    Research Fellow, RSIS - Nanyang Technological University
  • 2011–2012
    Research Fellow, ICRM, Nanyang Technology University
  • 2011–2011
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Ash-Centre, Harvard Kennedy School
  • 2007–2010
    PhD Researcher in Residence, United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security


  • 2011 
    University of Bonn, Germany, Disaster governance
  • 2005 
    University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Environment and International Development