Recently, SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia participated in research entitled “Technocratic Regionalism in Southeast Asia: The Transnational Politics of Smart City Knowledge Transfer” by Singapore Management University (SMU). This research aims to understand the implementation of Smart City policies and the digitalization agenda in the context of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN). It focuses on the analysis of Smart City policies implementations in urban areas and their impact on politics at the local, regional and national levels. With an Interview Request Letter received on February 1st, 2023, SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia research team was invited to be the key informant.
As agreed, the first interview was conducted by SMU researchers: Dr. Prerona Das, Emma Grimley, dan Abdullah Faqih on March 8th, 2023 to Dr Gamal, the advisor of SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia. Followed by the second interview held on March 14th, 2023 at SMART CITY Center Universitas Indonesia. Four of SMART CITY’s researchers were chosen as key informants, each differing from the distinctive backgrounds of qualitative and quantitative research analysts.
Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) for Scientific Modelling, Application, Research, and Training for City-centered Innovation & Technology (SMART CITY) Universitas Indonesia was officially established in 2017. It is result of a fruitful collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in its Sustainable Higher Education Research Alliances (SHERA) program. In Indonesia, CCR SMART CITY works in partnership with Universitas Padjadjaran, Universitas Diponegoro, Universitas Udayana, Universitas Sriwijaya, and Universitas Teknologi Sumbawa. Meanwhile, in the United States, SMART CITY works together with University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Savannah State University, and A&M Alabama University. Its foci include four areas of interests: energy & environment, infrastructure development, information & communication technology (ICT) and mobility, and quality of life (QoL). Each area covers selected high impact research topics to rise up to both Indonesian and global urban problems. Since its establishment, SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia has been supportively participating and involved in Smart City related movement and initiative projects. Among its involvement, SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia has made efforts to approach national-level Government agencies for partnership collaboration. On April 28th, 2019, it held a meeting with KEMENDAGRI to follow-up the progress of their partnership which highlights the making of Smart City standard of Instrument Assessment in Indonesia.
Moreover, SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia also participated in the expanding narrative and knowledge through international conferences, nationally held-discussions and workshops relevant to the Smart City movement and initiatives. In 2019, SMART CITY Universitas was invited to a seminar and Workshop on Smart City by the Embassy of Sweden. In the same year, SMART CITY with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Indonesia in collaboration with Honeywell Indonesia held an Open Discussion “Perencanaan dan Pembangunan Ibu Kota Baru Berbasis Smart City di Indonesia (Smart City-Based New Capital City Planning and Development in Indonesia)” on August 22nd, 2019.
SMART CITY Universitas Indonesia will continuously support the implementation of Smart City movement and initiative. Therefore, it will be open and supportive for future collaborative projects and research related to Smart City Development.