Professor Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT University, Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory and RMIT's Director of Research for Regional Development at its Hamilton site in western Victoria.
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.
Through his research on formal and informal learning networks and their importance in economic, social and public innovation in city-regions, Bruce was leader of RMIT’s involvement in the major European project on ’City-Regions as Intelligent Territories: Inclusion, Competitiveness and Learning’ (2003-07). As Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory, Bruce helps to link an international network of researchers and policy makers with city and regional governments in policy formation related to social and economic policy, lifelong learning and environment. Currently, he is engaged in projects addressing the importance of knowledge in urban and regional development. He has led projects on social inclusion and cohesion, innovation, learning, organisational and work design, and social and economic development, involving collaboration amongst public, private and community sector organisations.
He teaches courses on transforming organisations, economic and regional development, and European Union issues. He also supervises doctoral candidates in these areas.
Research and scholarship
- Work, Organisation and Management Studies
- Industrial relations
- Industry and Employment Development
- Education and Learning
- Cuthill, M.,Buys, L.,Wilson, B.,Kimberley, H.,Reghenzani, D.,Kearns, P.,Thompson, S.,Golding, B.,Root, J.,Weston, R. (2016). Ageing and learning in Australia: Arguing an evidence base for informed and equitable policy In: Current Aging Science, 9, 196 - 202
- Hogan, A.,Wilson, B.,Baker, D.,Burton, L.,Buys, L.,Cuthill, M. (2015). Reclaiming livelihoods: initial steps to re-institute a viable socio-economic base for living in country settings In: Rural and regional futures, Routledge, New York, United States
- Wilson, B.,Hogan, A.,Cuthill, M.,Baker, D.,Buys, L.,Burton, L. (2015). Someone else's boom but always our bust: Australia as a derivative economy, implications for regions In: Regional Science Policy and Practice, 7, 75 - 87
- Buys, L.,Burton, L.,Cuthill, M.,Hogan, A.,Wilson, B.,Baker, D. (2015). Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: An understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities In: Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23, 291 - 294
- Wilson, B.,Hewitt, B. (2014). Perspectives on community capacity building in regional Australia: Underlying values and tensions In: Community Capacity Building: Lessons from adult learning in Australia, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Leicester, United Kingdom
- Cuthill, M.,O'Shea, E.,Wilson, B.,Viljoen, P. (2014). Universities and the public good: A review of knowledge exchange policy and related university practice In: Australian Universities' Review; Authors, 56, 36 - 46
- Wilson, B. (2013). Regional policy in the EU mode of regionalism: Implications for Asian integration In: Australian & New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 1, 17 - 29
- Kilpatrick, S.,Wilson, B. (2013). Boundary crossing organizations in regional innovation systems In: Regional Science Policy and Practice, 5, 67 - 82
- Duke, C.,Osborne, M.,Wilson, B. (2013). A new imperative: Regions and higher education in difficult times, Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
- Charles, D.,Wilson, B. (2012). Managing regional engagement, the role of benchmarking In: Universities and Regional Development, A Critical Assessment of Tensions and Contradictions, Routledge, United States
- EU-Pacific Partnerships for ICT (EPIC). Funded by: Horizon 2020: ICT 2015 - Information and Communications Technologies Grant from (2017 to 2019)
- Linked Data PolicyHub Stage II: Urban & Regional Planning & Communications (Administered by Swinburne University of Technology). Funded by: ARC LIEF via other University from (2016 to 2017)
- The Potter Hamilton Rural Community Research Network (RCRN). Funded by: Ian Potter Foundation Grant pre-2014 from (2010 to 2013)
- Changemakers Australia: Infrastructure Development Support. Funded by: VicHealth - Competitive from (2006 to 2008)
4 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions5 PhD Completions