• Masters of Science in Urban Development Planning - Development Planning Unit, University College London (2012)
  • Bachelor of Planning with Honours – James Cook University (2008)


I am an urban planning practitioner and researcher. I have worked as a Planner and Project Advisor for the QLD State Planning and Environment Departments, the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, as well as a Community Planner for various civil society organizations in South East Asia including the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR). I have supported undergraduate and postgraduate planning courses and fieldwork at UQ and UCL. My research interests are towards understanding the processes causing urban displacement and inequalities in the global north and south, strategic and collective planning practices for securing land, housing and citizenship rights of marginalized groups in cities, and developing participatory and collaborative research methodologies to better inform planning and architecture practice. I currently work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, UQ. 


Urban displacement, housing policy, poverty and inequality, land, collective action, community-driven and participatory planning processes and methodologies


Book Chapters

Brugman J. (in publication). Beyond title: Social, political and economic considerations for securing land and well-being of the urban poor and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Land Management in Asia: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Asian Development Bank Institute. Tokyo-Japan.

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. (2018). The implications of individual titling in the wellbeing and tenure security of the urban poor: a case study from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Land Management in Asia: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, 10-11 December 2018. Asian Development Bank Institute. Tokyo-Japan.

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