Who We Are

APCUS-SP was founded in May 2018 by a group of academic and humanitarian partners.  We are funded by a Regional Studies Association Research Network Grant.

We exist because…


Comment on Our Mission & Goals Statement

Help us shape the Academic-Practitioner Collaboration for Urban Shelter, South Pacific (APCUS-SP).  We would love your input on the draft Mission & Goals statement.  Please find our M&G statement here:

APCUS Mission and Goals_20180616

We welcome any comments, but here are some questions to guide you:

  1. Do we have the right scope for APCUS-SP?
  2. Can you share any stories that can inform the design of the network?


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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 from San Jose State University. 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 across the humanitarian emergency response cycle. She is an experienced social-science researcher who has been working on issues of urbanisation, economic development, and forced displacement since 2005. Most recently, she has studied communities in Port Vila facing development-inducted displacement related to urbanisation. Her past work on forced displacements has included welfare analyses of involuntarily displaced households in China, understanding power dynamics in Chinese households involved in displacement disputes, and in communities in threatened tenures in Kathmandu. She has been working in the Pacific since 2015. Her most-recent book is the co-authored title, Development Perspectives on Urban Housing in BRICS Countries (Palgrave 2016).