Shai Diner is a social scientist with experience and expertise in vulnerable populations – homeless, youth and LGBT+ people – and housing.
Shai began his journey at the Cities Programme as an intern, working 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 as part of a partnership project between the UN Global Compact – Cities Progiamme and World Vision International.
In 2016 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 this data and research, Shai´s Masters by Research is focused on sustainable urban housing for formerly homeless persons. This is supervised by Dr Nicole Pepperrell, Dr Sharon Andrews and Dr Liam Magee.
Shai has also conducted research into government initiatives in Bogotá, Colombia, producing two peer reviewed academic papers regarding the LGBT+ community and the urban governance policy of the Bogotá Government. Shai has a keen interest in working with vulnerable populations and seeking sustainable solutions to combating 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.