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Emeritus Professor Bill Logan

BA(Hons), MA (Melbourne), PhD (Monash), DipEd (Melbourne)

Elected: 2011

Discipline: Geography

Specialisation: Geography, Heritage Studies, History, Cultural Heritage, Urban Conservation, Human Rights, Vietnam


William (Bill) Logan is Alfred Deakin Professor and holds the UNESCO Chair in Heritage and Urbanism at Deakin University in Melbourne, where he was director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) from 2001 – 2009.

He was President of Australia ICOMOS from 1999 – 2002 and has been a Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria since 2008.

His research and publications focus on global heritage issues, including the World Heritage system, the political and idealogical uses of heritage, the links between cultural diversity, heritage and human rights, and the cross-cultural and political complexities of Australia’s extraterritorial war heritage.

He is co-General Editor, with Dr Laurajane Smith, ANU, of the ‘Key Issues in Cultural Heritage’ series of books for Routledge, UK.  He is Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Heritage Studies and Historic Environment.


In the last ten years:

  • Member, Heritage Council of Victoria (2008 –      )
  • Chair, Research and Investigations Committee, Heritage Council of Victoria (2010 –      )
  • Member, Editorial Board, Inernational Journal of Heritage Studies (2009 –      )
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, UK (2001 – 2009)
  • Member, Royal Exhibition Building World Heritage Submission, Victorian Steering Committee (2002 – 2004)
  • Chair, National Cultural Heritage Forum (Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Committee) (2002)
  • President, Australia ICOMOS (1999 – 2002)

Main Teaching, Research or Administrative Posts

  • UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism, Deakin University (2000 –      )
  • Professor of Heritage Studies, Deakin University (1998 – 2000)
  • Director, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University (2001 – 2009)
  • Research Director, Head, Graduate School, Faculty of Arts, Deakin University (1993 – 1998)
  • Professor of Geography, Deakin University (1992 – 1998)
  • Dean, Faculty of Arts, Deakin University/Victoria College (1987 – 1992)
  • Principal Lecturer in Urban Studies, Footscray Institute of Technology (1975 – 1987)
  • Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies, Footscray Institute of Technology (1974)
  • Lecturer, Geography Department, Unioversity of Melbourne (1971 – 1973)
  • Tutor, Department of Geography, University of Melbourne (1965 – 1967)


  • Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University, awarded October 2004
  • Outstanding Research Award, Deakin University, 2002
  • International Planning History Society, Book Prize 2002 (for Hanoi: Biography of a City, UNSW Press, Sydney; University of Washington Press, Seattle; Select Publishing)
  • Dwight Final Examination Prize in Geography, University of Melbourne, 1963


Michele Langfield, William Logan and Mairead Nic Craith (eds) (2010), Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights: Intersections in Theory and Practice. London: Routledge

William Logan and Keir Reeves (eds) (2009), Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with ‘Difficult Heritage’. London: Routledge

William Logan (2007), Reshaping the ‘Sunburned Country’: Heritage and cultural politics in contemporary Australia, in Loving a Sunburned Country? Geographies of Australian Heritages, R Jones and B J Shaw (eds). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd

Mark Askew, William Logan and Colin Long (2007), Vientiane: Transformation of a Lao Landscape. London: Routledge

William Logan (ed) (2002), The Disappearing ‘Asian’ City: Protecting Asia’s Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press

William Logan (2000) [2010], Hanoi: Biography of a City [Vietnamese version: Ha Noi: Tieu Su Mot Do Thi]. Sydney: UNSW Press; Seattle: U Washington Press; Singapore: Select Publishing [Hanoi: Hanoi Publishing House]


Email: william.logan [at] deakin.edu.au

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