• 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 experience working with government planning agencies in Australia, and urban poor communities and civil society organisations in South East Asia including Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Philippines. I understand the complexities associated with land use and housing processes in aboriginal communities in Australia, and informal settlements in cities of the global south. I have also done research into Indigenous Land Use Agreements in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Participatory Budgeting in Bogota-Colombia, and Community-Driven Finance in Asia.


Housing, poverty and inequality, land, collective finance, community-driven and participatory planning processes and methodologies


Book Chapters
Brugman, J. (2017). The role of community-driven finance in bridging formal and informal practices in housing: insights from Vinh, Vietnam in Graham, C; Artopoulos, G & Day, K. (Ed). From conflict to inclusion in housing: perspectives on the interaction of communities, residents and activists with the politics of the home. UCL Press: London.  Available online at: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10032798/1/From-Conflict-to-Inclusion-in-Housing.pdf

Working Papers
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

Conference Papers

Brugman, J. (2017). Living in a ‘gray space’: reflections on the interface between formal and informal land use practices in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in Whose Land is it Anyway? Urban Symposium. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Melbourne, Australia. 14-16 November 2017.

Brugman, J. (2017). Transgressing legal/illegal borders: critical perspectives on urban informalities and development practice in Institute of Australian Geographers Conference. Critical Development Study Group. Brisbane, Australia. 11-14 July 2017.

Brugman, J. (2015). 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.


Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. (2017). Community finance in five Asian Countries. Bangkok: Thailand. Available online at: http://www.achr.net/upload/files/ACHR%20CDF%20Study%20Final%2015%20July.pdf

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


Areas of research