Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE FAcSS FRSA RTPI(Hon) CIH(Hon) RICS(Hon)
Duncan Maclennan is an applied economist who is a member of the National Academy for Scotland (the RSE) and has an established, international research and publication record on issues related to housing, infrastructure, neighbourhoods, cities and regions. He is presently Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Finance at the University of St Andrews, as well as holding a visiting Chair in Urban Economics at City Futures, UNSW, Sydney. He was a senior Professor in urban studies at the University of Glasgow from 1984-2003 and founding Director of the Centre for Housing and Urban Research at the University of Glasgow (that evolved into the Department of Urban Studies). He has previously held visiting chairs in the Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and at RMIT (Melbourne). His recent academic publications have been concerned with UK city deals, the role of housing wealth in Piketty’s evidence and models, the impact of housing outcomes on growth and productivity and the evolution of the Chinese housing system since the early 1990’s and the role of public housing transfers in transforming the UK social housing sector. He is currently, as the UK ESRC’s Knowledge Leader on City Deals, writing about ‘metropolitan federalism’ and has just completed a major project for the greater Sydney Commission on productivity effects of housing outcomes.
Duncan also has considerable experience working as an economist within government, as Special Adviser to the First Minister of Scotland from 1999-2002, as a Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary for Policy and Strategy in the Government of Victoria (2002-4), and then as Chief Economist in the Federal Department for Infrastructure and Cities in Ottawa (2005-9). He has acted as an Adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada (2004) on cities, advised the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand on housing issues (2008, 2009) and served on the Australian Prime Minister’s Expert Advisory Panel on the Future Planning of Australian Cities (2010-12). He was Economic Adviser to the Urban Affairs Group at OECD from 1981-96. He has also advised the World Bank and the EU. He is currently a member of the Glasgow Economic Commission and the Northern (English) Housing Commission. His longstanding role in UK policy debates and advising governments is reflected in his being awarded Honorary memberships of the RTPI, the CIH and the RICS and having been made a CBE in 1997.