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Prof William Logan

Prof William Logan

Position: Alfred Deakin Professor
Phone: +61 3 924 43911
Email: william.logan@deakin.edu.au
Campus: B


 

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Brief Biography

Logan is a geographer by initial disciplinary training and was appointed Professor of Geography in 1992. His professorship was redesignated Professor of Heritage Studies in 1999 and tagged UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism in 2001. He has been involved in cultural heritage conservation and teaching, research and consulting on Australian and Asian heritage issues since the early 1970s. His doctorate, awarded by Monash University in 1981, focused on the politics of housing, planning and heritage conservation in inner Melbourne. At Deakin University he was Research Director in the Faculty of Arts from 1993 to 1998. In 2001 he established and was director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP), a research and training centre that was endorsed by UNESCO and is now one of the units within ADRI.

Since 1986 he has been an International Expert for the UNESCO, where his work has mainly been related to UNESCO's campaigns to safeguard World Heritage sites in Bangladesh, China, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands. He has also acted for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS at international meetings of experts in Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea. He contributed to UNESCO's World Heritage: Challenges for the Millennium (2007) and has drafted ICOMOS State of Conservation reports. He advised on preparation of the Thang Long-Hanoi Citadel nomination for World Heritage listing and on the Global Strategy for Training and Capacity Building (2009-10), and has run UNESCO training workshops in Vietnam and initiated and contributed to UNESCO/ICOMOS workshops in Fiji and Niue.

Within Australia, he was President of Australia ICOMOS from 1999 to 2002. In 2008 he was appointed to the Victoria Heritage Council, a statutory body that advises the Minister for Planning on heritage matters and deals with appeals related to the listing of properties on the Victoria Heritage Register. He currently chairs the Council’s Research and Investigations Committee. He has been a consultant to AusAID, the Australian Heritage Commission, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage, the Victorian Department of Infrastructure, and the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs.

Logan is an active researcher, having been Chief Investigator on 13 Australian Research Council grants as well as grants from the US Social Science Research Council and the Hong Kong Research Council. He has been Principal Supervisor for 13 successful PhDs and two MAs at Deakin and co-supervisor of one PhD and one Master of Applied Science (Heritage) at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Logan has been an Independent Assessor for Australian Research Council Discovery, Linkage and International Linkage Grant applications; Independent Assessor for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and VLIR-UOS (Flemish Universities Development Cooperation).

His research publications include 14 books, 35 book chapters and 25 refereed journal articles. A number of these have dealt with heritage in the Asian region, most notably Hanoi: Biography of a City (UNSW Press, University of Washington Press, & Select Publishing, Sydney/Seattle/Singapore, 2000) and The Disappearing ‘Asian’ City: Protecting Asia's Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2002. The Hanoi book won the International Planning History Society Book Prize in 2002 and was republished in Vietnamese by the Hanoi Publishing House as one of a collection of works on the city republished as part of the city’s 1,000th birthday celebrations in 20122. He is currently researching and writing on: heritage and human rights; Australia’s overseas war heritage; heritage theory and education; conflicts over intangible heritage in Southeast Asian borderlands; and Vietnamese heritage.

Logan’s research has been recognised by the award of Alfred Deakin professorship in 2004 and election as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia in 2011. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Heritage Studies and Historic Environment, and is co-General Editor, with Dr Laurajane Smith, of the Routledge ‘Key Issues in Cultural Heritage’ series. He was a member of the International Advisory Board of the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, UK, from 2001 to 2009. He was an invited expert at the Consultative Meeting on Cultural Rights at the UN Human Rights Commission, Geneva, in February 2011 where he also addressed the Human Rights Council. He gave the keynote presentation at the ‘Our Common Dignity: Towards Rights-Based World Heritage Management’ seminar conducted by Norway ICOMOS, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in March 2011 and in May 2012 he played a lead role in an interregional conference on ‘Living with World Heritage’ hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment in Røros, also in Norway.

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