Mahesti Okitasari is a Research Associate at UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability based in Tokyo, Japan. She joined the Institute in 2014. Prior to joining UNU, she has several years of research and consulting experience on disaster management, regional planning, and housing policies in Indonesia.
Mahesti holds a PhD in urban planning from the University of Tokyo. Her dissertation addressed collaborative governance in the Indonesian metropolitan regions, deliberately identified the institutional implication of the decentralized governance system and how collaborative metropolitan governance should be constructed to provide better public infrastructure. Her current research includes exploring the ways in which environmental policies at the global and national levels are translated into local development planning, and researching gaps and opportunities in linking sustainable consumption and production (SCP), and housing policies and practices.