Dr Ihnji Jon

Lecturer in International Urban Politics


Ihnji Jon is a lecturer in International Urban Politics at Melbourne School of Design, where she studies disaster resilience, feminism-inspired ecopolitics, and urban (/local) initiatives to tackle global environmental challenges. Currently, she intends to work further on the network operation and comparative case studies of 100 Resilient Cities, while drawing practical implications from post-humanism in urban planning—especially in light of the Anthropocene, Capitalocene, or New Climate Regime. She is equally interested in exploring local or “situated knowledge” practices in the context of disasters, including indigenous knowledge and wisdom from historical experiences. By comparing and synthesizing locally-driven climate/natural disaster initiatives, she hopes to contribute to/benefit from the Melbourne Centre for Cities.

Her work has been published by various journals, including Planning Theory and Practice, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Resilience: International Policies, Practices, and Discourse. In addition to her primary research topics (resilience and disaster planning), she also writes about planning theory, social justice, and political solidarity—based on anti-essentialist philosophies of pragmatism, social postmodernism, and feminist social theory.

She obtained her master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris, with the assistance of a French government scholarship (Bourse Excellence d’Eiffel). She completed her PhD in Urban Planning and Design at the University of Washington (Seattle). Her dissertation on the use of the concept of resilience in local disaster planning received the Chateaubriand Fellowship (supported by the French Embassy in the US), which funded her fieldwork in collaboration with École Normale Supérieure Paris (Campus Ulm).

At the University of Washington, she worked on the NSF-funded project “Uncertainty Visualization,” developing new ideas on how to define and effectuate more efficient disaster communication (e.g., tornado risk visualizations) for the lay public—attempting to narrow the gap between expert and lay knowledge. Prior to her PhD studies, she worked for several projects housed in international organizations, including “Creative Cities Network” (UNESCO Headquarter Paris)” and “Port Cities Programme” (OECD Paris).

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