Kedungrong, one of the hamlets in Kulon Progo Regency, DIY Province, Indonesia, received special attention from participants of the Huddersfield School of Business Research Conference in the UK, 10-12 January 2018. The village has a renewable energy development program (EBT), several Power Plants Micro hydro (PLTMH).
Atma Jaya University of Yogyakarta (UAJY) in collaboration with University of Huddersfield (UoH) deepens the communication process of PLTMH development. An important part of the research presented to the participants of the transcontinental conference on Wednesday (10/1). The participants in the audience responded with great enthusiasm.
In this cooperation, UAJY is represented by 7 lecturers from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP), Dr.MC.Ninik Sri Rejeki, M.Si; G. Arum Yudarwati S.I.P., M. Mktg. Comcn; F. Anita Herawati, SIP., M.Si; Pupung Arifin, M.Si; Luke Deni Setiawan, M.A; Ign. Agus Putranto, M.Si and Ina Nur Ratriyana, SIP., M.A
Dr. Gregoria Arum Yudarwati, representing the research team, focused on the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) retrieval event as a research method. AI coming from western countries, becomes a challenge of making in Indonesia. Approach to storytelling in Indonesian with oral tradition of Indonesian society, and able to grafting forward. In addition, AI is also able to encourage the community to maximize the potential of PLTMH optimally.
In that space, UAJY becomes a special invited guest, received by the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of UoH, Prof. Bob Cryan and guided by the Dean of the School of Business, Prof. Jill Johnes. UAJY and UoH are collaborating in the British Council’s Newton Fund Institutional Link (NFIL) research field. The study is entitled “Transition to Renewable Energy-Based Communities: Strategic Communications and Community Engagement Approaches for Indonesia’s Energy Self-Sufficiency Project”. This research collaboration has been going on for two years with various outputs that are beneficial to both parties.