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Miss Jennifer Ward George


Jennifer Ward George

Research Student

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures


Research interests

Understanding the Process of Shelter Project Design in Displacement. 

Jennifer’s research focuses on the strategic decisions behind shelter projects that occur as a result of post-conflict and post-disaster displacement situations. This research analyses shelter response on a global scale and includes discussions with governments, international NGOs, Global Cluster Groups, private sector, academia, and beneficiaries of shelter. In 2018, she was appointed the Design Fellow for the Exhibition of 1851 to develop a software-based method of information management for shelter projects in post-crisis situations.

Publications / Talks

Ward-George, J. (May 2020) “Could you shelter in 3.5m2?” Conversations, Centre for Geopolitics, Cambridge.

“The Politics of Emergency Shelter”, Panelists: Jennifer Ward George, Sanj Srikanthan (CEO ShelterBox), Tom Newby (Former Head of Humanitarian, CARE International UK), Mark Breeze (DoS Architecture, St John's College), Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge, May 2020.

‘A Day in the Life of a “Shelter Academic”: Humanitarian Aid and Academia with Jennifer Ward George’, Great Exhibition Road Festival, London (Postponed to Summer 2021)

‘The Shelter Schema: Rationalizing Design Decisions in Shelter Projects’, Jennifer Ward George, New and Visiting Scholars Forum, Cambridge, March 2020

‘Invisibility and Virality in Shelter Projects’, Jennifer Ward George, Engineering Structures Seminar Series, Department of Engineering, February 2020 

Ward George, J. and Hodgkin, D. (2020) “Invisibility and virality in urban shelter response” Forced Migration Review: Cities and Towns, Issue 63. Oxford.

"Finding Shelter, Defining Shelter", chaired by Dr Mark Breeze for his film launch ‘Shelter without Shelter’ at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Panelists included Dr Tom Scott-Smith, Dr Georgia Cole, Jennifer Ward George, and Dunya Habash. 

‘The Shelter Schema’, Jennifer Ward George, Alumni Talk at Peterhouse, June 2019

Research projects

The Shelter Schema:

Innovate UK Business-led Innovation Award for Response to Global Disruption (Covid-19):

Other positions

Co-Chair, Sustainable Shelter Group, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

Design Fellow, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Steering Group Member, Information, Education, Communication (IEC) Materials, IOM

President, Peterhouse MCR, 2020-21

Secretary, Cambridge University Polo Club, 2020-21


Jennifer studied Project Management for Construction at The Bartlett, UCL before joining the University of Cambridge in September 2017. She completed an MRes in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment and is now in the second year of her PhD.

Jennifer's research focuses on the design of shelter for displacement under the supervision of Dr John Orr and Professor Peter Guthrie, and is EPSRC funded. She is also the 2018 Design Fellow for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, who fund the research and development costs of her project: The Shelter Schema.