Jago Dodson was appointed Professor of Urban Policy and Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University in 2014.
Professor Jago Dodson has an extensive record of research into housing, transport, urban planning, urban policy, governance, infrastructure, energy, and spatial labour market questions.
Jago's research record includes more than 100 publications including two authored books, two edited collections, plus conference and journal papers. He has been awarded research funding from major scientific bodies including the ARC Discovery, Linkage and LIEF schemes, AHURI and the EU H2020 scheme.
Jago has led major concentrations of urban research in Australian universities, including Director of the Urban Research Program, Griffith University (2011-2014), and Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University (2014 onwards).
Among various external roles, Jago has served as convener of the Australasian Cities Research Network (2012-2016) and was coordinating editor for the Australian Academy of Science Decadal Plan for Urban Systems Transformation (2019). He convened the 2017 Australasian Housing Researchers Conference and co-convened the 2021 National Conference on the State of Australian Cities. He has served as an assessor to the Australian Research Council, NZ Endeavour program, UK ERC and the US National Science Foundation.
Jago has collaborated with international agencies including UN Habitat, the OECD and Cities Alliance on the development of urban policies across the globe. He has contributed extensively to scholarly, policy and public debates on urban problems in Australia and internationally, with more than 300 instances of media reportage.
Jago welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD scholars on topics relevant to his expertise.
Jago is the Director of RMIT's Centre for Urban Research. In this role he manages and participates in the vibrant scholarly life of this rapidly growing group of highly engaged and productive scholars.
- 2002 – Doctor of Philosophy (Urban Policy and Planning), University of Melbourne
- 1995 – Master of Regional and Resource Planning with Distinction, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
- 1993 – Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology), University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
- 2015 – Member, Ministerial Advisory Roundtable, Minister for Planning, Victoria, Australia
- 2015 – Peer Reviewer, Excellence in Research Australia 2015 Assessment Exercise, Australian Research Council.
- 2015 – International Assessment Panellist, National Research Grants Scheme, New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Environment
- 2013-2014 – Member, Expert Group Meeting on National Urban Policies, UN Habitat Program
- 2011-2013 – Chair, Social and Population Data Expert Group, Australian Urban Infrastructure Research Network, University of Melbourne and Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Australia
- 2011-2013 – Member, Technical Committee, Australian Urban Infrastructure Research Network, University of Melbourne and Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Australia
- 2012 – Expert Advisor, Urban Transport Review Group, Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Queensland, Australia
- 2011-2012 – Member, Gold Coast Transport Strategy Steering Committee, Gold Coast City Council, Australia
- 2011 – Expert Advisor, National Urban Policy Workshop, Major Cities Unit, Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Australia
- 2010-2011 – Member, Academic Strategic Transport Research Alliance, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Australia
- 2011 – Expert Advisor, State of Environment Report Cities Working Group, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
- 2010 – Consultant, Working Group on National Climate Change Principles for Planning Systems, Council of Australian Governments
- 2009 – Consultant, Working Group on National Principles for Planning Systems, Council of Australian Governments
- 2006-2010 – Member, Griffith University Node, Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport, University of Melbourne
- Li, T.,Jahed Shiran, S.,Dodson, J. (2021). Metropolitan migration and spatial housing markets: A geographical study in Melbourne In: Applied Geography, 129, 1 - 11
- De Gruyter, C.,Saghapour, T.,Ma, L.,Dodson, J. (2020). How does the built environment affect transit use by train, tram and bus? In: Journal of Transport and Land Use, 13, 625 - 650
- Denham, T.,Dodson, J.,Lawson, J. (2019). The business case for social housing as infrastructure In: AHURI Melbourne, Australia
- Lawson, J.,Denham, T.,Dodson, J., et al, . (2019). Social housing as infrastructure: rationale, prioritisation and investment pathway In: AHURI Melbourne, Australia
- Furlong, C.,Dobbie, M.,Morison, P.,Dodson, J.,Pendergast, M. (2019). Infrastructure and Urban Planning Context for Achieving the Visions of Integrated Urban Water Management and Water Sensitive Urban Design In: Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Furlong, C.,Phelan, K.,Dodson, J. (2018). The role of water utilities in urban greening: A case study of Melbourne, Australia In: Utilities Policy, 53, 25 - 31
- Dodson, J.,Li, T.,Sipe, N. (2018). The Socioeconomic Equity Dimensions Of A Transition In Suburban Motor Vehicle Fuel And Technology In: Urban Sustainability Transitions: Australian cases-International Perspectives, Springer Nature, Singapore
- De Silva, A.,Dalton, T.,Dodson, J.,Sinclair, S. (2017). Housing, multi-level governance and economic productivity In: AHURI Melbourne, Australia
- Dodson, J. (2017). The Global Infrastructure Turn and Urban Practice In: Urban Policy and Research, 35, 87 - 92
- Hurley, J.,Taylor, E.,Dodson, J. (2017). Getting Dense: Why Has Urban Consolidation Been So Difficult? In: The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning, Routledge, New York, United States
- The Green Australian Vehicle Ownership (GreenAVO) Capability for AURIN (Administered by University of Queensland). Funded by: Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) Grant from (2022 to 2023)
- Towards an Australian Housing and Homelessness Strategy: understanding national approaches in contemporary policy (administered by UNSW). Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2022 to 2023)
- AHURI Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up– Fiona Hoegh-Guldberg. Funded by: AHURI Scholarships (CAT 1) from (2022 to 2025)
- Opportunity Assessment: B1 Transforming energy productivity through value chains. Funded by: Race for 2030 Limited CRC - Competitive from (2021 to 2022)
- Assisting first home buyers: an international review (Administered by UNSW). Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2021 to 2022)
3 PhD Completions6 PhD Current Supervisions