This research examines how Jakarta’s flood prevention infrastructure is productive of new forms of unevenness under the Indonesia’s New Order (1965-1998) dictatorial regime and beyond (1998-now). I trace the historical trajectory of uneven urban development through the issue of: 1) land subsidence due to deep groundwater extraction, in some places the city is sinking with the rate almost 1 m over a decade; 2) land dispossessions in rural area that pushed people to move to the city; 3 ) land use convertion both in the city and in the catchment area. I argue analyzing all of the processes under uneven urban development help to frame partial issues in a more universal way, because they reveal the driver of the processes. This, I conclude, can bring new emancipatory promise for political mobilization against uneven urban development processes.
We provide a disciplinary and multidisciplinary research programme aimed at advanced understanding of environmental problems and advanced training of PhD candidates in this field.