Mahesti Okitasari


PhD, Urban Planning, University of Tokyo
MEng, Urban Planning, University of Tokyo
BEng, Architecture, Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya
Contacts +81 (0)3-5467-1212 @okiokita

Mahesti Okitasari is a Consultant at UNU-IAS. 

Prior to joining UNU in 2014 as a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow, she had several years of research and consulting experience in disaster management, regional planning and housing policies in Indonesia. Her doctoral  dissertation was on the institutional implication of the decentralized system on the construction and practice of collaborative metropolitan governance in providing better public infrastructure.

Mahesti is interested in understanding institutional architecture in the age of transition and how development policies are being applied to bridge the gap between social, economic and environmental sustainability in the global South. Her current work includes assessing multilevel governance arrangements; policy processes and the politics to implement the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement; exploring the ways in which global agendas are translated into national and local development plans; researching gaps and opportunities in the urban sustainable consumption and production; and building knowledge on the partnerships and financing for the SDGs.

Research Interests

  • Environmental governance
  • Institutional architecture
  • Partnerships for the SDGs
  • Renewable energy adaptation
  • Subnational climate and SDG finance
  • Urban development and the SDGs nexus