LunchUP: Jennifer Day, "Academic-Practitioner Collaboration for Urban Settlements"
Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning – University of Melbourne
Jennie will discuss the outcomes of the first two in a series of five workshops to articulate the vision and operations of the Academic-Practitioner Collaboration for Urban Settlements, South Pacific (APCUS-SP). The most recent, held on 04 July 2018 in Suva, Fiji, the workshop assembled academics with practitioners from government, humanitarian response-, development-, and civil-society organisations. Our participants support increased involvement of academics in humanitarian response, and that they think humanitarian and development practice will improve if we found ways to link the deep knowledge and time available for community engagement of academics with the implementation expertise and multi-year experience of those on the front lines of humanitarian and development practice. This is not, however, a universal sentiment. We have some work to do in figuring out how to make academic knowledge and skill useful to implementers.
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.
Lunch is included, please bring a drink.