Professor Richard Tomlinson

Professor of Urban Planning


Richard Tomlinson is Professor in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Before going to Australia he served as an urban policy consultant in Southern Africa and as an academic in South Africa and the USA. His clients included the post-apartheid South African government, and provincial and local governments, The World Bank, USAID, UN HABITAT, international and local NGOs, and also the private sector. As an academic he has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and Columbia University, as a Visiting Scholar and SPURS Fellow at MIT and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

His most recent publications, research and teaching concern metropolitan governance, primarily in Australia; the effects of Google and social media on urban policy ‘knowledge products’; urban policy processes and ‘international best practice’; and slum upgrading.

Following his edited book on Australia’s Unintended Cities: The Impact of Housing on Urban Development, his most recent co-edited book is Australia’s Metropolitan Imperative: An Agenda for Governance Reform. In 2018 his book, Urbanization in Post-Apartheid South Africa was re-issued by Routledge.

His research awards include a Research Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, a Robert S McNamara Fellowship, Anglo American and De Beers Chairman’s Fund and a Fulbright Scholar.


Urban Planning

Research directions

Future Cities

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