Robin Hambleton is Professor of City Leadership in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Director of Urban Answers – a UK based company.

His book on civic leadership and urban innovation, Leading the Inclusive City. Place-based innovation for a bounded planet, will be published by Policy Press in November 2014.

Seminar brief: Place-based leadership and the inclusive city: an international analysis.

Some commentators take the view that the growth of multi-national companies operating on a global basis is now so well developed that cities are best viewed as helpless victims in a global flow of events.  Distant, unelected decision makers now determine city futures, not urban residents.

This presentation rejects this view and offers a fresh way of thinking about our urban future.  It presents a new conceptual framework for understanding place-based civic leadership and assembles evidence from across the world to show that cities are taking decisive action to shape the city according to progressive values – for example, advancing social justice, promoting care for the environment and bolstering community empowerment.

More about the presenter: Professor Hambleton has also worked in local and central government in the UK, held professorial positions in urban planning, city management and public administration at universities in Britain and the USA, and provided consultancy services to public authorities in many countries.

He was the founding President of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and was Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


RMIT University Building 10 (Level 11 Room 4) Bowen Street, Melbourne


Thursday, 13 November