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Professor of Urban Policy and Director, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Jago Dodson was appointed Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT in 2014, and previously led the Urban Research Program at Griffith University (2010-2014).

Jago’s research has addressed a wide range of problems in Australian and New Zealand urban policy, including investigations of housing policy, transport planning, infrastructure development and urban governance. He has produced more than 110 scholarly publications including journal articles, book chapters and books. Jago has led significant grants, having been named on research funded research proposals worth more than AU$20 million, including ARC, AHURI and AURIN schemes.

Much of Jago's work has investigated problems of transport disadvantage, including urban accessibility, commuting patterns, motor vehicle fuel efficiency and suburban oil vulnerabilty. His housing research has investigated policy trajectories in Australia and New Zealand including the shift to demand based housing support and the multi-level governance of housing systems. Jago has investigated the role of infrastructure in urban policy at metropolitan and global scales. Jago has provided research-based consulting advice to an array of international agencies, particularly the UN Habitat Program and OECD on national urban policy.

Jago has supervised PhD students to completion on topics such as mental health policy, climate change transformations, housing displacement, urban logistics, transport disadvantage and urban-regional commuting.

In addition to his research Jago has contributed extensively to scholarly, policy and public debates on urban problems in Australia and internationally. He has been a regular commentator on urban issues in the media, including being recognised by RMIT for this work, and cited by peers as a significant contributor to impact beyond scholarship.


  • –present
    Director, The Urban Research Program, Griffith University


    University of Melbourne, PhD (Urban Policy and Planning)

Research Areas

  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)
  • Human Geography (1604)