Dr. Riyanti Djalante has had several positions related to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) research and policy. She is an Academic Programme Officer at UNU-IAS. She coordinates the Research and Policy Development stream on Global Change and Resilience, which conduct researches to address climate change, build community resilience, and reduce disaster risks.

Her current appointments include a member of the Scientific Committee of the IRDR, fellow of the Earth System Governance Network, Fellow of the International Social Science Council (ISSC). She has a doctorate in the field of human geography. She is also the Lead Author of IPCC Assessment Report 6 and Special Report on impacts of 1.5 degree increase and the Global Environmental Outlook 6 of the UN Environment. She is the editor of the Journal of Sustainable Science of Springer. She is also involved at UNISDR initiatives on Words into Action and Report of the open-ended intergovernmental expert working group on indicators and terminology relating to DRR. She received an Alexander von Humboldt stipend for experienced researchers and worked as a Research Associate at the UNU Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany.

Dr Djalante has worked for the local government in Indonesia accumulatively for ten years where she has been involved in development planning and evaluations from the community level up to the local and national level. She has taught as an honorary lecturer at the Halu Oleo University, Indonesia, teaching on subjects of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, environmental planning and sustainable development. Dr Djalante has also consulted on issues related to governance, DRR and CCA in Indonesia, for USAID, ADB, World Bank funded projects.