Dr Joseph Lo Bianco is Professor of Language and Literacy education at the University of Melbourne, specialising in bilingualism, English as a second language, literacy and multiple literacies, indigenous education, immigrant integration, cultural diversity and its implications for educational practice and language policy and politics.
He is a past president of the Australia Academy of the Humanities, the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia and is currently secretary of the Australia Myanmar Institute. He is author of Australia's formal language policy, the National Policy on Languages, adopted in 1987.
He has worked extensively in Asian countries on language policy in conflict-affected multi-ethnic states, for UNICEF, UNESCO, several national governments and non-governmental bodies. Currently he has two academic volumes nearing completion, a co-authored work (with Dr Fathi Hellal on language politics and Tunisia in the context of the Arab Spring and a volume on language policy, ethnic conflict and peacebuilding.