• Asian Studies and Australian Education
  • Bilingualism and bilingual education
  • Curriculum studies: Other social sciences and humanities; Languages and multiculturalism and literacy
  • Education policy; Bilingual education, immigrant and indigenous
  • English as a second language; International English
  • Facilitation; Peace and Social Cohesion dialogues
  • Foreign and Second language teaching methodology
  • Language policy, language politics and language planning
  • Literacy education and multi-literacies
  • Multilingualism and cultural diversity in education



  • Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and serves as Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (the first educator elected to this role). In 2012 he was appointed Research Director of the UNICEF Language and Peacebuilding initiative in Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand. Since 2011 he has served as senior research advisor for LUCIDE, a European Commission project on Languages in Urban Communities - Integration and Diversity for Europe, conducting large scale 4 year research on multilingualism at the municipal level in 12 European cities.

    In January 2014 he commenced in an academic advisory role with the National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education at Beijing Foreign Studies University providing advice to the State Language Commission and supporting academic research initiatives.

    Professor Lo Bianco wrote Australia’s National Policy on Languages in 1987, the first multilingual national language policy in an English speaking country and was Chief Executive of the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia until 2002. The National Policy on Languages was adopted by the Australian government as a comprehensive national plan to cover all of Australia’s language needs and interests (English and English literacy, and English as a second and foreign language and languages other than English (including Indigenous language rights, immigrant and foreign languages) as well as language services (research, translating and interpreting, public media).

    Professor Lo Bianco has advised on language, culture and literacy education, and on the integration of indigenous and immigrant children into mainstream schools, reconciliation and peace through education, in many countries, including Council of Europe, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Wales and the UK, Italy, Slovenia, Canada, Vietnam, Singapore, South Africa, Th   


Member of

  • UNICEF Language and Peacebuilding initiative (Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand). Research Director 2012 -
  • Victorian School of Languages. Patron 2012 -
  • The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). Trustee 2010 -
  • Aspen Institute Italia. Fellow 2009 -
  • Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers. Member 2009 -
  • PASCAL International Observatory on Higher Education and Community Development. Associate 2009 -
  • Tsinghua Asian Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies (Beijing China). Immediate Past and foundation President and advisor 2009 -
  • Centre for Applied Linguistics (Washington DC). Member 2002 -
  • Australian College of Educators. Member 1997 -
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities. President 2009 - 2011
  • National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia. Chief Executive and Founder 1990 - 2002
  • Language and Cultures Network of Australian Universities. Director 1989 - 2001


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Education and training

  • Cert, Universita degli Studi di Venezia Ca Foscari
  • PhD, The Australian National University 2001
  • Grad Dip, University of Sydney 1996
  • BEd, La Trobe University 1987
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1986
  • Grad Dip, Monash University 1979
  • BEc, Monash University 1975

Awards and honors

  • Medal for Outstanding Service to Language Teaching, Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations, 2011
  • College Medal, Australian College of Educators, 2007
  • Centennial Medal, Contribution to Australian Society and to Literacy Policy, 2003
  • Centenary Medal "for service to Australian society & the humanities in literacy planning", 2003
  • Commendatore for Australian-Italian Cultural Relations, Ordine di Merito della Repubblica Italiana., 1999
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1999
  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 1998
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Education, 1997
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 1992
  • Collaboration Award, Goethe Institut/French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1992
  • Medal, International Literacy Year, 1990


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