Shai Diner interned at the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme under the supervision of Dr Liam Magee in 2013 during his final semester of the Bachelor of Social Science (Policy & Research) at RMIT University. Building on his keen interest in research and international development, Shai conducted research into land rights in Cambodia to aid with projects being undertaken at the Cities Programme.
In 2016, as a Research Associate of the Cities Programme, Shai conducted a research project focusing on Community Housing in Inner City Melbourne, delving into effective methods of housing formerly homeless people in long term housing. Building on the industry report, he is redeveloping the project as part of a Masters by Research, focusing on sustainable urban housing for formerly homeless persons, which is supervised by Dr Nicole Pepperrell, Dr Sharon Andrews and Dr Liam Magee.
Shai has also conducted research into government initiatives in Bogota, Colombia, producing papers regarding the LGBT+ community and the urban governance policy of the Bogota Government.
Shai has a keen interest in working with vulnerable population, and seeking sustainable solutions to combatting the various issues that vulnerable populations face. Having worked with various vulnerable populations in a social worker role, Shai has on the ground experience working with young persons in state care, refugee and homeless persons.
In addition to English, Shai is fluent in Hebrew and has intermediate Spanish language skills. He has travelled Latin America, Asia, Middle East and North America, whilst living in Mexico City and Bogota.