Degree completed in 2019.

Achieving water security in a developing-country delta city: Challenges from a waterfront development project in Jakarta Bay



Thanti Octavianti is a doctoral researcher in geography and the environment at the University of Oxford. She investigates the political dynamics arising from a policy to pursue large-scale infrastructure to enhance urban water security, using a seawall megaproject in Jakarta, Indonesia as a case study.

She holds MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University and BEng in environmental engineering from Universitas Indonesia. Prior coming to Oxford, she worked as a consultant in the Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia assessing the local governments' performance in the provision of water services.

Awards and Funding

  • 2018, Workshop grant from the British Council Researcher Links to participate in ‘The potential of groundwater in Malaysia's resilient urban future' workshop in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
  • 2016, Research grant from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)
  • 2015 and 2017, Graduate Academic Prize from Trinity College, University of Oxford
  • 2015 - 2018, Awardee of the Oxford-Jardine Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship to read a doctoral study at Oxford University
  • 2013 - 2014, Awardee of the Jardine Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship to read a master study at Oxford University

Current Research

Current Teaching

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Book Chapters


  • Octavianti, T. (2018) Evidence-based policy: Challenges and opportunities in Indonesia. Creating Strategies Collaboration in Research and Higher Education between Indonesia and Other Countries ISIC, London.

Paper presentations

  • December 2017. "Jakarta's lock-in infrastructural approach". Paper presentation in the International Young Water Professionals Conference. Cape town, South Africa.
  • August 2017. "Land subsidence in Jakarta, Indonesia: A critical juncture analysis". Paper presentation in the Royal Geographical Society – Annual International Conference, London
  • August 2017. "The politics of ideas behind a seawall project in Jakarta, Indonesia". Paper presentation in the EUROSEAS Conference, Oxford.
  • May 2017. "Jakarta's seawall project: An unconscious bias?" Paper presentation in the Southeast Asia Seminar in St Anthony's College, Oxford.
  • April 2016. "Historical pathways of water security evolution in Jakarta 1600s-2000s". Paper presentation in the 5th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Oxford.