Bruce was the founding Dean of the School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning at RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT, Bruce founded the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and the Union Research Centre on Organisation and Technology (URCOT), where he was its Director for eleven years. He has had experience working with local government, and is a member of the Hume Global Learning Village Committee and Advisory Board. Bruce also collaborates closely with the Office of Knowledge Capital at Melbourne City Council.
The European Union Centre at RMIT is one of only three EU Centres in Australia belonging to a network of 26 centres which are co-funded worldwide by the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission. It is responsible for increasing engagement with the EU through academic studies on the European Union, encouraging mobility for staff and students, and for building partnerships between Australian universities and organisations, and their European counterparts.