EmPr William Logan



Emeritus Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


Office of the Exec. Dean A&E


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1963
Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne, 1964
Master of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1967
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1981

Research interests

He was Director of Deakins Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), a UNESCO-endorsed research and training centre, from 2000 to 2009. He was awarded the Deakin University Researcher of the Year Award in 2002 and was made an Alfred Deakin Professor in 2004 for his contribution to the university's research profile. His research record includes numerous Australian Research Council and other grants, three recent books on heritage in the Asian region ('Hanoi: Biography of a City' , UNSW Press, University of Washington Press, & Select Publishing, Sydney/Seattle/Singapore, 2000, published in Vietnamese by the Hanoi Publishing House, 2010; 'The Disappearing "Asian" City: Protecting Asia's Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World', Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2002; and 'Vientiane: Transformation of a Lao Landscape', with Marc Askew & Colin Long, Routledge, London, 2006), articles in refereed and professional journals, and conference papers.

He was a member of the international advisory boards of the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster, UK. and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Heritage Studies and Historic Environment. He initiated the Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series published by Routledge UK and is series co-editor with Laurajane Smith. He was co-editor of and contributed chapters to five volumes in the 15-volume series: Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with Difficult Heritage (with Keir Reeves, 2009); Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights: Intersections in Theory and Practice (with Michele Langfield and Mairead Nic Craith, 2010); Heritage, Development and Sustainability (with Sophia Labadi 2016); Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Heritage (with Christoph Antons); and World Heritage and Sustainable Development (with Giovanni Boccardi and Peter Larsen).

Current research interests are:
Cultural heritage, especially heritage places and intangible heritage in Australia and Asia.
World Heritage.
Cultural diversity, heritage and human rights.
Urban planning history.



Australia ICOMOS (President 1999-2002)
International Council on Monuments and Sites
International Council on Museums

Professional activities

Logan was an invited expert at the Consultative Meeting on Cultural Rights at the UN Human Rights Commission, Geneva, in February 2011 and gave the keynote presentation at the Our Common Dignity: Towards Rights-Based World Heritage Management workshop conducted by Norway ICOMOS, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in March 2011. He was co-edited the special human rights issue of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (18, May 2012) based on the workshop papers.


Deakin University Researcher of the Year 2002
Alfred Deakin Professorship 2004


Currently engaged in the following research projects:

  1. Intangible Cultural Heritage across Borders: Laws, Structures and Strategies in China and its ASEAN Neighbours (ARC Discovery project 2013-2015, with C. Antons)
  2. Heritage and Human Rights, with a focus in Asia
  3. World Heritage and Sustainable Development (with G. Boccardi and P. Larsen)