I am interested in planning and developing more resilient communities, especially with vulnerable populations. My work spans the globe. I have worked on post-disaster recovery in vulnerable communities in North Carolina and sensitive and impoverished regions in Vietnam. Along with colleagues from Clemson University, our work in the Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geo-Park in the Ha Giang Province of Vietnam was incorporated into a regional plan that won the 2019 Bronze Medal in Vietnam for Best Regional Plan. I have ongoing collaborations with the faculty at the National University of Civil Engineering in Hanoi, Vietnam. Our current collaboration examines housing, air, and water quality in industrial zones in Hanoi.
My interest in resilience extends to understanding how we teach and train future scholars and practitioners about designing resilient communities. My research has looked at how university programs deliver resilient design education in five different disciplines: planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and building science. Training and educating future generations about resilient design is of utmost importance in an era of climate change.
 Horney, Jennifer, Mai Thi Nguyen, David Salvesen, Caroline Dwyer*, Shannon Grabich*, and Philip Berke. 2016. Assessing the quality of rural hazard mitigation plans in the Southeastern US. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 0739456X16628605 [Article]
 Horney, Jennifer, Mai Thi Nguyen, David Salvesen, Olivia Tomasco*, and Philip Berke. 2016. Engaging the Public in Planning for Disaster. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 17: 33-37. [Article]
 Spencer, James , Robert Powell, Mai Thi Nguyen, and Timothy Green. 2016. International Consultant for Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geo-Park Planning, Ha Giang Province Until 2030: Appraisal, Initial Orientation, and Preliminary Recommendations. Hanoi, Vietnam: Ministry of Construction. [Article]
 Powell, Robert, Tim F. Green, J Holladay*, Kathleen E Krafte*, Madeline Duda*, Mai T Nguyen, James H Spencer, and Priyam Das. 2017. “Examining community resilience to assist in sustainable tourism development planning in Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Viet Nam.” Tourism Planning and Development. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2017.1338202 [Article]