• MSc Urban Development Planning , Development Planning Unit , University College London (UCL)
  • Bachelor of Planning with Honours, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University (JCU)


I am an urban and development planner with over 5 years’ experience working with State Government in Australia, and urban poor communities and civil society organisations in South East Asia including Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Philippines. My practical experience has given me understanding of the complexities associated with land use and housing processes in remote aboriginal communities in Australia and informal settlements in cities of the global south. Through my academic career I have conducted research into Indigenous Land Use Agreements in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Participatory Budgeting in Bogota – Colombia, and Community-Driven Finance in Asia.


Urban planning, housing, urban poverty, community-driven and participatory planning processes and methodologies


Brugman, J. (in publication). The role of community-driven finance in bridging formal and informal practices in housing: insights from Vinh, Vietnam in Graham, C. (Ed). From conflict to inclusion in housing –perspectives on the interaction of communities, residents and activists with the politics of the home. AMPS, UCL Press: London.  

Brugman, J. (2017). Participatory budgeting in Bogota: A means for social transformation or maintenance of status quo? DPU Working Paper No. 185. University College London. Available online at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/sites/bartlett/files/wp185.pdf

Brugman, J. (2017). The role of community-driven finance in bridging formal and informal practices for securing affordable housing in South East Asia in AMPS Conference Proceedings: Future Housing: global cities and regional problems, Swinburne University of Technology, Centre for Design Innovation, Melbourne, 09-10 June 2016.

Brugman, J, Dovarch, B; Pasta, F, Shepperd A, Kassam, S. (2013). Grounding knowledge: reflections on community-driven development in South East Asia. Development Planning Unit, Community Architects Network, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Bangkok. Available online at: https://issuu.com/dpu-ucl/docs/grounding_knowledge_24.2.14_new

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