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Brendan Gleeson

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University of Melbourne
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Brendan Gleeson is the Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, at the University of Melbourne. He joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013.
Professor Gleeson came from the position of Deputy Director of the National University of Ireland’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Prior to that he set up the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and was its inaugural Director.
Professor Gleeson has made significant scholarly contributions in urban and social policy, environmental theory and policy, and is a regular commentator in newspapers, television and radio. He has qualifications in geography and urban planning, including a masters degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Professor Gleeson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
He is the author or editor of thirteen books, three of which have won national and international prizes, and numerous journal articles. His research interests include urban planning and governance, urban social policy, disability studies, and environmental theory and policy. His recent work has focused on socio-spatial analysis of suburbs, their vulnerability to oil shocks and the need for better public transport options.
Brendan Gleeson was the inaugural recipient of the John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues (Allen & Unwin Publishers) leading to the publication of his seminal book Australian Heartlands: Making Space for Hope in the Suburbs .


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25 Jul 2017

The towers crowding out the centre of Australian cities are a symptom of failed governance and planning, and it’s threatening any transition to ecocities

To understand the major barrier to making our cities more sustainable and environmentally friendly places, just stand in the centre of...

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01 Mar 2017

People with disability represent a fifth of the Australian population (AIHW 2015), and this proportion is expected to increase with population ageing. With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) being progressively rolled out across Australia, this is a particularly appropriate time for...

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Conference paper

11 Dec 2015

The papers presented at the 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 7) were organised into seven broad themes but all shared, to varying degrees, a common focus on the ways in which high quality academic research can be used in the development and implementation of policy. The...

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07 Oct 2015

Australia is heading down the wrong path and a new approach to urban transport is needed that prioritises people rather than one particular mode of transport, according to this report.

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Australia is one of the most urbanised nations in the world, with almost...

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05 Aug 2010

Australia’s development history is, as the historian Geoffrey Bolton describes it, a tale of spoils and spoilers writes Brendan Gleeson in Griffith Review 29

White settlers unleashed a rough-handed growth model that saw the land as an enemy to be...

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Conference paper

27 Nov 2009

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.

This paper was presented at SOAC 4 held in Perth from 24 to 27 November 2009.

SOAC 4 was hosted by the University of Western...

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27 May 2008

 

Its been a bad couple of decades for dreamers. So many collective dreams shattered into ugly shards. The devastation was democratic. Almost every political and social constituency suffered the agonies of disillusion. The mass dream of home ownership has been broken apart by property...

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Conference paper

30 Nov 2007

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.

This paper was presented at SOAC 3 held in Adelaide from 28 to 30 November 2007.

SOAC 3 was jointly hosted by the University...

Conference paper

30 Nov 2007

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.

This paper was presented at SOAC 3 held in Adelaide from 28 to 30 November 2007.

SOAC 3 was jointly hosted by the University...

Conference paper

30 Nov 2007

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research.

This paper was presented at SOAC 3 held in Adelaide from 28 to 30 November 2007.

SOAC 3 was jointly hosted by the University...