- Dr. rer.nat Apolonia Diana Sherly da Costa, S.Pd., M.Sc
- Lecturer and Researcher at Master Programme in Environment and Urban Studies, Catholic University of Soegijapranata, Semarang, Indonesia
- Position at Afalyca Community Art Centre, Baucau: Ambassador and Foreign Consultant for Environmental Arts and Ethics,
Dr.rer.nat da Costa takes the main role at Afalyca in Creative Writing (i.e. Novel) Compose Songs (i.e. Musics)
Since joining the Afayca Community Art Centre in Baucau, Timor Leste, Dr.rer.nat da Costa has been involved and connected with several research programme on environment arts and ethics (3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle of the garbage; it is crafted and modified for its purpose as an economic asset with the highest value of arts, for the rural people in developing countries such asin Indonesia, Timor Leste and Vietnam) that are facing climate change challenges (i.e. floods, droughts, tsunami, earthquake, etc)and/or are facing poverties and inequivalence of gender issues. It is the programme that focuses on children, woman and young people who live in a hazardous and/or a famine area, are also expected to have a resilience and sustainable developmentunderstanding through a creative and an innovation actions. Dr.rer.nat da Costa has a strong connection about this issues with some foreign universities such as Human Geography, Leicester University, UK, Societal Resilience Programme in VrijeeUniversitat Amsterdam, Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA) and Education Programme for Sustainable Development at Sustainable Development Centre, Earth Institute, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA, Resilience Centre,Health Programme, Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Human Geography Department, Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Besides, she is appointed as an Ambassador and Foreign Consultant at the Instituicao da Pisquiza e Servicos para Sosiadade Research Centre, Universidade de Dili (UNDIL), in Dili, Timor Leste.
Before connecting and collaborating with these Universities, Dr. rer. nat da Costa pioneered a Disaster Community Art Centre focuses on Local People’s Natural Assets that they utilized as Economic Assets such as handicrafts (i.e. Traditional Weaving). She worked and collaborated this Disaster Community Art Centre with the main local experts of disaster management (i.e. Mr. Patrisius Seran and Mr. Rony Seran) in the West Malaka Subdistrict of Malaka District in the West Timor Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.The Art Centre is still on developing its infrastructure aspect. The future collaboration with the Afalyca will be focuses on research programme on resilience for sustainable development (i.e. environment arts and ethic) across developing countries (first initial step: Indonesia, Timor Leste and Vietnam). The next programme on “Piinta Ho Liman” (Hands Painting Works) will be realized its arts exhibition with the Box Hill Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia in 2019.
Dr.rer. nat Apolonia Diana Sherly da Costa (Sherly)Lecturer and Researcher at the Master Programme in Environment and Urban Studies, Catholic University of Soegijapranata, Semarang IndonesiaPawiyatanLuhur No IV/1 Street, Bendan Duwur Semarang, 50234Tel: (024) 8441555, 8505003