New Appointments

14 March 2003

New head from South Africa


Professor June Sinclair
Professor June Sinclair

The Vice-Principal at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, June Sinclair, has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. At present, Professor Sinclair has responsibility for humanities and social sciences at Pretoria, where she has worked since 1997.

Professor Sinclair was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 1991 to 1997.
She holds the degrees BA, LLB and LLD. She is also an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Professor Sinclair has published widely, mainly in the areas of family and constitutional law. She has also served on the South African Law Commission, the commission of inquiry into the tax structure of South Africa, and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law.

She takes over as pro-vice-chancellor from Professor Ros Pesman, and will start her new role on 1 July.

Planning for economic growth


Professor Edward Blakely
Professor Edward Blakely, a world expert on suburban economic development, has accepted an offer to become the fourth Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at the University.

At present, Professor Blakely is finishing duties as Professor of Management and Urban Policy and Dean of the Milano Graduate School at the New School University in New York. He has also been Professor of Economic Development at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also co-director of the Institute for Urban and Regional Development.
The University's Dean of Architecture, Professor Gary Moore, said Professor Blakely would be the urban and regional planning and policy disciplinary leader in the faculty. He will also continue his programs of research on suburban economic development, poverty and inequality, rural communities, community development and sustainable planning.

"Professor Blakely is uniquely qualified for the chair and will bring a wealth of Australian and international experience to the University, the city and the nation," Professor Moore said.

Professor Blakely holds a BA in History, Political Science and Economics from the University of California, Riverside, and an MA in History and Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has a Master of Management from Pasadena Nazarene College and a joint PhD in Management and Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. At the University of California, he was a Hall of Fame athlete.

Athough Professor Blakely has been based primarily in North America, he has considerable experience in Australia. He has lectured and held research posts at UNSW, University of Canberra, the former QIT and the University of Melbourne. He also has extensive professional advisory experience in Sydney.

Professor Blakely is recognised as a world leader in his field. He has published eight books, and his text Planning Local Economic Development: Theory and Practice is widely regarded as the leading international work on suburban economic development, his principal area of specialisation.

Professor Blakely will take up the position on a part-time basis from July, while he completes his duties at the New School University in New York. He will take up the post full-time from January 2004.