Dean Forbes

Emeritus Professor

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Research Biography

Flinders University 1992-present
Emeritus Professor 2016-
Professorial Status, School of International Studies 2013-2016
Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor 2012-2013
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Communities) 2000-2013
Head, School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management 1992-1997

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC 2013
Public Policy Fellow

The Australian National University 1980-1991
Research School of Pacific Studies
[Australian Institute of Urban Studies May-Dec 1985.
Australian Development Assistance Bureau Jan 1986- June 1987]

Monash University 1975-1979

University of Papua New Guinea 1972-1974

Research Interests

A project on Universities and the Creation of the Modern Knowledge City explores how universities change or influence cities, or are ignored by them. About what they expect of each other, and whether they have a shared understanding of the shape, purpose and potential of knowledge to the economy and society. It explores how the collaboration of cities and universities might enhance the regional and international competitiveness of cities and of universities, and seeks to understand what this means for the future of universities and satellite institutions such as think tanks and tertiary colleges.

The Cities of Memory and Meaning project records my experience of a city at a particular moment. It is being written from a personal viewpoint, shaped by observation, artifacts and memory. It is infused with the ideas and distractions acquired from books, essays and blogs on cities. Stories about cities told through the scholarly and fictional exploration of people and places. It is about memories of Australian and Asian-Pacific cities in the past and how they influenced my life, and interpreting the feel and soul of the city.


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