AHURI CONFERENCE SPEAKER
Duncan is an international expert on the development of cities, the renewal of neighbourhoods and the economics of housing.
He directed the University of Glasgow Centre for Housing and Urban Research (1982-96), the ESRC Cities Programme (1996-99) and the Centre for Public Policy on Regions (2004-04). He was also the 'Knowledge Leader' on City Deals for the UK's Economic and Social Research Council reviewing the development, progress and pros and cons of city deals emerging between 2014-17.
After moving to Canada in 2005 Duncan held a joint appointment as Professor of Urban Economic Policy at the University of Ottawa and as Chief Economist at the Federal Department for Infrastructure. Duncan has advised governments on housing policy in the UK, Poland, France, Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Australia; and is the Economic Commissioner for the Glasgow City-Region. He has also served as Principal Consultant to the OECD.
In 1997 Duncan was awarded a CBE in recognition of his contribution to housing and renewal policies in the UK and is also an honorary member of both the UK Royal Town Planning Institute and the Charted Institute of Housing.
Duncan recently joined UNSW as a Visiting Professorial Fellow with the City Futures Research Centre (CFRC) where he is the lead contributor on a project investigating the economic rationale for affordable housing.