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Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, The University of Melbourne

Jennifer Eve Day is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation focus) from San Jose State University. She is interested in the forces that compel growth and change in cities, and in the policy levers that can guide that change. She has worked on issues of forced displacement and eviction, economic development, and urbanization across Asia and the Pacific, and she is expert in methods ranging from econometrics to qualitative storytelling. Her most recent book is the co-authored, Development Perspectives on Urban Housing in BRICS Countries (Palgrave 2016). She is a lead organizer in the Regional Studies Association Research Network on Academic-Practitioner Collaboration for Urban Shelter, South Pacific (APCUS-SP), a network that aims to unite academic knowledge and practitioner expertise toward better shelter in disaster settings ( She has recently undertaken the Humanitarian Shelter Coordination training in order to further support her work on forced displacement and disaster preparedness. She is a National Geographic Explorer and is currently leading a project on forced displacement and urbanization in the peri-urban areas of South Pacific cities, funded by the National Geographic Society. Recent publications include:

Day, J., Bamforth, T. (forthcoming; 2020). ‘This is our garden now’: disasters and belonging in an urban Pacific. In (eds) Sanderson, D. and Bruce, L. Urban Disaster Resilience in the Asia-Pacific, Routledge: New York.
Pittman, N. & Day, J. (2020; forthcoming). The Problem-Solution Nexus in Megaproject Planning. Forthcoming in the Journal of Mega Infrastructure and Sustainable Development.
Day, J. (2020). Sister Communities: Rejecting Labels of Informality and Peripherality in Vanuatu. Forthcoming in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Dawson, A., Day, J., & Ashmore, D. (2020). Multiautoculturalism: Reconceptualising Conflict on the Roads. Forthcoming in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, June 2020.
Li, C., Wang, M. Y., & Day, J. (2020; forthcoming). Reconfiguration of State-Society Relations: The Making of Uncompromising Nail Households in Urban Housing Demolition and Relocation in Dalian, China. Forthcoming in Urban Studies.
Day, J., Wewerinke‐Singh, M., & Price, S. (2019). Eviction is not a disaster. Development Policy Review. Published online on 30 July 2019. Print publication forthcoming.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, University of Melbourne