Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, The University of Nottingham and Universitas Islam Indonesia will run a workshop on ‘Adopting an R-Urban Model: Empowering Local Communities to Develop Sustainable Built Environment’.

Urban development and planning practice in general has transformed from physical development into urban policy delivery, including in Indonesia. This has open opportunity to more ‘non-government’ stakeholders, namely community, people, private developer, and so on. In response to this, the current Urban Planning Document in Indonesia encourages planning procedures to follow a bottom-up approach. The approaches to these phenomena coincides with two features; the significance of rural-urban development in promoting sustainable development in the long term and the lack of joined up thinking and engagement between the two key stakeholders: the urban planning authorities and the communities. R-Urban explores the possibilities of enhancing the capacity of urban resilience by introducing a network of resident-run facilities to create complementarities between key fields of activity (economy, housing, urban agriculture, culture, etc.).

The term R-Urban or Rurban is increasingly being used to represent the challenges and conflicts between urbanization and its impact upon smaller often traditionally rural communities in both developed and developing countries. As long ago as 2007, the term Rurban was used for a design studio at the AA School of Architecture in London. More recently from 2011-2015, the term R-URBAN was used by an EU Life 10 Programme supported project: R-URBAN – participative strategy of development, practices and networks of local resilience for European cities ( The Indian Government’s Ministry of Rural Development also articulate these challenges in their National Rurban Mission (–414880). The term has also been adopted for projects across the world, including Brazil, Canada, Finland, etc. and in Indonesia specifically, the term derives from the commonly used phrase ‘desa-kota’ roughly translated as ‘rural-urban’. Further detail about R-Urban could be found through this link.

The participants for this workshop may come from any field but must be able to demonstrate their motivation, relevant research or practical experience, and potential to contribute to the workshop and workshop outputs. To participate in this workshop, please fill Researcher Links application form and send it back to for Indonesian participants and to for UK participants.

For further information about this workshop, could be reached at
Environment, People and Design Research Group at The University of Nottingham

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