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Richard Tomlinson

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Architecture, Building And Planning
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regional & urban planning
urban studies
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Prof

Richard Tomlinson

 
Division
Architecture, Building And Planning
 
Primary Interest
Urban governance
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Prof

Richard Tomlinson

 

Richard Tomlinson is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne and a Visiting Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Previous academic roles:

  • 2016-2018: Professor in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
  • 2009-2015: Chair of Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.
  • 1993-2008: Visiting Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, previously Graduate School of Public and Development Management, University of Witwatersrand.
  • 2007-2008: Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University.

  • 2002-2006: Member of the Board of Research Committee RC 21 Regional and Urban Development of the International Sociological Association.
  • 1997: Guest Scholar at the New School for Social Research while researching material on comparative inner-city regeneration.
  • 1991-1992: Guest Scholar at The Brookings Institution while writing book on Urban Development Planning. A Robert S McNamara Fellowship from The World Bank funded the research.
  • 1991-1996: Corresponding Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
  • 1989-1997: Founder and Editor, then member of the Editorial Committee of the Urban Forum.
  • 1989-1997: Member of the Editorial Committee of Development Southern Africa.
  • 1986-1987: Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology while writing book, Urbanization and Post-Apartheid South Africa. The research was funded by a grant from Anglo American and De Beers Chairman's Fund.
  • 1981-1988: Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Town and Regional Planning of the University of Witwatersrand.

Previous Business Experience
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  • 1993 - 2008 Self-employed, consulting enterprise in Southern Africa in urban economic development, housing and related infrastructure, HIV/AIDS and mega events (while retaining academic commitments in a Visiting Professor capacity). Clients have included the South African Ministry in the Office of the President and the Departments of Housing and Provincial and Local Government, the Gauteng Provincial Government and the City of Johannesburg; the South African Cities Network; The World Bank, USAID and UN-HABITAT; international and local NGOs; and also the private sector.
  • 1995 - 2000 Member of the Board of the Rural Finance Facility, a micro-enterprise lending section 21 (non profit) company.
  • 1989 - 1993 Development Bank of Southern Africa - First Senior Specialist in the Urban Economic Policy Unit, then Co-ordinator and finally Manager of the Planning Unit in the Urban Development Group.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 75 most recent scholarly works by Richard Tomlinson.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2020

Research into metropolitan governance, big data and smart technologies

Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Project: Curating Knowledge of Metropolitan Governance

2014

Writing academic papers arising from sabbatical research

Research Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

1997

Research into inner city economic development that led to academic publications and the preparation of Johannesburg's inner city economic strategy

Guest Scholar, New School for Social Research

1991

Awarded a Robert S McNamara Fellowship by the World Bank for research and writing book - Urban Development Planning

Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, Robert S McNamara Fellowship

1986

Research and writing book - Urbanisation in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Guest Scholar, MIT

1984

Recipient of the Richard Ward Research Award for research in industrial decentralisation and policies to prevent the urbanisation of Africans

Richard Ward Research Award for research in industrial decentralisation and policies to prevent the urbanisation of Africans

1976

Fulbright Scholar whilst at Rutgers University

Fulbright Scholar, Rutgers University

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Architecture, Building And Planning

Education


Master of Business Administration

University of Witwatersrand

Doctor of Philosophy

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Master of Science

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Master of City and Regional Planning

University of Cape Town

Bachelor of Arts

Rhodes University