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The University of Melbourne’s new Chair in Urban Planning, Prof Richard Tomlinson, will give his inaugural Professorial Lecture on Wednesday August 26.

In the lecture, titled “Shaping Urban Policy: googling ‘best practice’ in developing countries”, Professor Tomlinson examines the urban policy process in developing countries.. 

“The lecture traces the influence of best practice during policy formulation and the role of the web in disseminating best-practice concepts.  These concepts are dominated by the World Bank, UN Habitat and the Cities Alliance, and this domination is arguably not in the public interest,” he says.

“My research concerns search engine optimization and the best practice regime, and how this impacts on professionals and civil society, particularly regarding its contribution to the democratization of the policy formulation process.”

Professor Tomlinson, Chair in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne, is an expert in housing and infrastructure, urban development in a context of HIV/AIDS, urban policy processes and international best practice, and mega-events and their impact on urban economic development.  He recently co-edited a book on ‘Development and Dreams: The urban legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup’. 

Prior to joining the University, he served as a a Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and at Columbia University, as a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution and at the New School University.  He has also acted as a consultant to the post-apartheid South African government, USAID and the World Bank.

Event Details:
Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Professor Richard Tomlinson (Chair, Urban Planning)
Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning
“Shaping Urban Policy”
Wednesday 26 August, 6.30-7.30pm
Prince Philip Lecture Theatre
Ground Floor, Architecture Building
University of Melbourne