Brendan Gleeson 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 fourteen 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 work has focused on socio-spatial analysis of suburbs, their vulnerability to oil shocks and the need for better public transport options, and most recently investigated the case for last resort housing provision to address the homelessness crisis the case for last resort housing provision to address the homelessness crisis.
Brendan 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. Brendan's latest book is The Urban Condition (Routledge, 2014), and he was a co-editor and key contributor to the Griffith Review 52 Imagining the Future (Griffith Review, Text Publishing, 2016).
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme in an Urban Context: Opportunities and Challenges for Australian Cities
Ilan Wiesel, Carolyn Whitzman, Brendan Gleeson, Christine Bigby
Journal article | 2019 | Urban Policy and Research
The NDIS will directly affect the lives of close to half a million people with a disability as well as their formal and informal s..
Reconfiguring urban governance in an age of rising city networks: A research agenda
K Davidson, Lars Coenen, Michele Acuto, Brendan Gleeson
Journal article | 2019 | Urban Studies
Networked urban governance is emerging as a major feature of metropolitan strategy and activity. The field of urban studies is yet..
Bumps along the road of the tiny house movement: practitioner notes with critical reflections
Samuel Alexander, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Coupe, Nick Matyevich, Rob Scott, Fred Schultz
Journal article | 2018 | Australian Planner
This article begins by sharing practical insights and learnings from tiny house builders, highlighting some promising approaches t..
Institutional Adjustments and Strategic Planning Action: The Case of Victorian Wildfire Planning
M Kornakova, A March, B Gleeson
Journal article | 2018 | Planning Practice & Research
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This paper provides a critical analysis of the way that practice-ba..
New Socio-ecological Imperatives for Cities: Possibilities and Dilemmas for Australian Metropolitan Governance
K Davidson, B Gleeson
Journal article | 2018 | Urban Policy and Research
© 2017 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research This review examines two new socio-ecological imperatives that have the potentia..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues, Inaugural recipient
National Award for Planning Excellence, Planning Scholarship for "Australian Urban Planning: new challenges, new agendas" - shared with N.P.Low
Award for Planning Excellence, Planning Scholarship for "Australian Urban Planning: new challenges, new agendas" - shared with N.P.Low
Awarded for best "National Urban Planning and Development Essay", Australia
Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for "Justice, Society & Nature: an exploration pf political ecology" - shared with N.P Low
Young Research Workers Award
Gordon Whitnall Proze for academic achievement
Honours, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Comprehensive Examinations
FASSA - Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Architecture, Building And Planning
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