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Jakarta is a city that is always on the move and its citizens never tire of discussing transportation. ​


OJOL-LALI is RRJ's research on the role of informality in the transportation revolution taking place in the capital.

What is Ojol-Lali

Inspired by the Javanese term "Ojo lali" which means "Don't forget", OJOL-LALI focuses on the role and existence of informality actors in Jakarta's transportation network. ​


One of the topics we will talk about most often is Ojek Online otherwise known as Ojol. ​ In recent years, Ojol has become one of the key elements of the daily needs of Jakarta residents, but the daily needs of the ojol drivers themselves are often overlooked ​


By taking into account the needs of Ojol and other informal transportation actors, RRJ wants to assist the integration process of Jakarta's transportation network within the context of the capital.


Are Ojol Really Informal?


Often we forget that Ojol is informal work. The tech platform on which the work is based is clearly a formal company, but what about the drivers? ​


Ojol drivers are not employees, but have the status of independent 'partners', similar to other online transportation providers. Ojol doe not have a specific contract and working hours or regulations. ​ Therefore, RRJ identifies their work as Informal Work or Online Informality. ​


Ojol are now ubiquitous and can do anything. The success of ojol shows that an informal business strategy like the classic ojek mixed with modern technology is a perfect fit for Jakarta.


Informal jobs such as ojol do not always need to be changed, but on the contrary can be supported and facilitated to provide optimal benefits for the city and its people.

Ojol-Lali Research Archive

Casual chats and interviews with ojol can be read here

In addition, RRJ has conducted several research projects focusing on ojol, informal transportation, and the interaction between informality and transportation networks in Jakarta.

Manggarai Station Research

Manggarai is one of the most strategic transit stations for Jakarta's transportation network and has become the final destination for intercity trains as well. ​

Ojol has a very important function in the transit system in the area around Manggarai, both for passengers who have just arrived from outside the city or who take the KRL every day. ​


Our Manggarai research explores the daily life of ojol around this station, and their interactions with other informal actors. Their statements about informality in Manggarai can be read in the following data.

Report in Bahasa Indonesia

MANGGARAI report 1

Report in English

MANGGARAI report 1

Raw Data 1  - MANGGARAI

Raw Data

Mobility & the Pandemic Research

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the daily life of Jakarta and its urban paradigms as a whole. The mobility of Jakarta residents has decreased drastically, especially during the PPKM/PSBB period, and this clearly has an impact on the transportation and e-commerce sectors. ​


Our Mobility & Pandemic Preliminary Research explores the daily life of Jakarta when the city stops moving, and how the interactions between ojol and informal businesses/MSMEs mushroomed during the pandemic.

Report in Bahasa Indonesia

- coming soon -

Report in English

Mobility in the Pandemic Report 1

Raw Data 1 - Mobility & Pandemic

Raw Data

'Design by Who?' Research

Jaringan MRT merupakan salah satu kemajuan transportasi umum Jakarta yang paling signifikan selama beberapa tahun kebelakang ini.


Tetapi, bagaimana dengan integrasi moda transport baru ini dalam jaringan interaksi kota yang sudah ada? Siapa yang berhak untuk membentuk ruang kota baru di sekitar stasiun, dan apakah proses pembentukkannya akan pernah selesai?

Desain oleh Siapa adalah penelitian pendahuluan yang memetakan kepentingan aktor-aktor di kawasan stasiun MRT untuk memahami bagaimana ruang baru di Jakarta diciptakan.

Report in Bahasa Indonesia

Report in English

Desain oleh Siapa? - 1

Design by Who? - 1

Raw Data

- coming soon -

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