Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein is a social anthropologist specialized in socio-cultural dimensions of housing and urbanization, displacement, resettlement, and post-disaster reconstruction. Between 1999 and 2008 she was a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Zurich and from 2004-2016 at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, where she founded and directed the World Habitat Research Centre. She has directed several international research projects in South- and South-East Asia and Latin America and was a senior consultant for various international organisations including The World Bank, UN Habitat, FAO, IFAD, SDC and DFID. She joined the ETH CASE in 2016 as a senior researcher and lecturer and is currently directing the MAS ETH in Housing.
She has directed several international and interdisciplinary research projects and consultancies with focus on socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and technical dimensions of the built environment in South- and South-East Asia and Latin America.