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Professor Duncan Maclennan

Honorary Professorial Fellow


Duncan Maclennan joined UNSW City Futures as a Visiting Professorial Fellow in 2018. Professor Maclennan has had a long and distinguished career as an applied economist specialising in housing, neighbourhoods and cities. His professional roles have spanned senior positions in both academic and government settings, in the UK, Canada and Australia. At the University of Glasgow in the 1980s he established and led the Centre for Housing and Urban Research and in the 1990s directed the ESRC Cities and Competitiveness Program and JRF programs on Housing Finance, Housing and the Macro-Economy and housing and Area Regeneration.

From 1999 Professor Maclennan spent a decade working in government, as special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland, as a Chief Economist in the Government of Victoria and as Chief Economist in Canada’s Federal Department for Infrastructure and Cities. He has acted as adviser to Ministers in the UK, Scotland, France, Poland and Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Town Planning Institute. He was awarded a CBE for services to UK housing research in 1996. He remains affiliated to the University of Glasgow as a Professor Public Policy.

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