An Introduction to Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia

  • Ninik SuhartiniEmail author
  • Paul Jones
Part of the The Urban Book Series book series (UBS)


The methodology used to obtain data and information to explore the research questions and themes of inquiry is elaborated. The rationale for using a case study approach is outlined as is the importance of Indonesia, a fast-growing country with the fourth largest population in the world. Indonesia is one of the economic ‘powerhouses’ of Asia, predicted to be among the world’s leading countries in the next decade in terms of economic growth, development and international affairs. The geography and history of administration in Jayapura is reviewed, shifting from Dutch colonial occupation to a strongly controlled province under Indonesia’s hierarchical system of government administration. Population, land use, land tenure, socio-cultural and ethnic aspects and the urban economy are assessed, noting much growth has occurred since Papua was designated an autonomous administrative region in 1993, and Jayapura now being an important strategic border city. The chapter concludes by focusing on the unique characteristics of urbanization as emerging in Jayapura, including informal settlements continuing to flourish alongside formal development.


Jayapura Dutch Autonomous region Informal settlements Law 21 of 2001 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture, Planning and Policy DevelopmentInstitut Teknologi BandungBandungIndonesia
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Design and PlanningThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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