People’s Risk Perception on “New Normal” Policy in Jakarta


About the Webinar

After about three months implementation of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), Indonesia has declared that it would enter a “New Normal” phase. The decision was taken albeit the number of infectious cases due to Covid-19 was still increasing. The government argued that the economy must be re-opened and normal life must start soon by following strict health protocols. Just like the pandemic, staggering economic costs of the pandemic have dangerously affected people’s lives.

This webinar will provide a perspective from the communities on government policies in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Two key aspects will be discussed. Firstly, the role of civil society in dealing with the pandemic. How was the civil society participation carried out? Who participated? Why is this participation, specifically in the provision of information and data, needed? Secondly, risk related to the ‘new normal’ policy. This part is based on findings from a survey that measured risk perception of Covid-19 among Jakarta residents. It seeks to answer the question whether Jakarta residents were ready to enter the “new normal” as campaigned by the government?

About the Speakers

Sulfikar Amir is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) in the Sociology Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the author of The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics, and the editor of The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster. His ongoing project focuses on examining city resilience in Southeast Asia. Apart from being an academic, Dr Amir is also a documentary filmmaker. His latest work is Healing Fukushima, a feature-length film that chronicles the role of medical experts in Fukushima in coping with radiation hazard in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown.

Irma Hidayana is a co-initiator and Co-leader of the Citizen Coalition for Covid-19 (LaporCOVID-19), a citizen crowd-source based initiative to collect, and analyze Covid-19 related data and information. Dr Hidayana is also a researcher and an independent consultant on health and behavior that focuses on the impact of the baby food industry on public health.


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Jun 22 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am