Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies, before becoming the Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013.
Brendan 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.
Brendan’s 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 looked at the case for last resort housing to address the homelessness crisis.