Professor Bruce Wilson is Visiting Professor in Education at the University of Glasgow, Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT University, and RMIT's Director of Research for Regional Development at its Hamilton site in western Victoria. He was formerly Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory
Bruce was the founding Dean of the School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning at RMIT University. Prior to joining RMIT, Bruce founded the Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and the Union Research Centre on Organisation and Technology (URCOT), where he was its Director for eleven years. He has had experience working with local government, and is a member of the Hume Global Learning Village Committee and Advisory Board. Bruce also collaborates closely with the Office of Knowledge Capital at Melbourne City Council.
The European Union Centre at RMIT is one of only three EU Centres in Australia belonging to a network of 26 centres which are co-funded worldwide by the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission. It is responsible for increasing engagement with the EU through academic studies on the European Union, encouraging mobility for staff and students, and for building partnerships between Australian universities and organisations, and their European counterparts.
Through his research on formal and informal learning networks and their importance in economic, social and public innovation in city-regions, Bruce was leader of RMIT’s involvement in the major European project on ’City-Regions as Intelligent Territories: Inclusion, Competitiveness and Learning’ (2003-07). As Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory, Bruce helped to link an international network of researchers and policy makers with city and regional governments in policy formation related to social and economic policy, lifelong learning and environment. He was at the core of the major PASCAL Universities Regional Engagement (PURE) project from 2008-2014, working in collaboration with Mike Osborne and Chris Duke. Currently, he is engaged in projects addressing the importance of knowledge in urban and regional development. He has led projects on social inclusion and cohesion, innovation, learning, organisational and work design, and social and economic development, involving collaboration amongst public, private and community sector organisations, including projects funded through the Jean Monnet programme on Implementing the SDGs in the Asia Pacific, and Smart Regional specialisation, within which the University of Glasgow have been partners.
He teaches courses on transforming organisations, economic and regional development, and European Union issues. He also supervises doctoral candidates in these areas.
- Work, Organisation and Management Studies
- Industrial relations
- Industry and Employment Development
- Education and Learning
- Future Jobs and Regional Workforce Development. Funded by: Regional Australia Institute from (2018 to 2019)
- Trade Innovation and SMEs. Funded by: European Commission ERASMUS+ 2018 from (2018 to 2020)
- The EU's role in the implementation of the SDGS in Asia Pacific. Funded by: Erasmus+ (European Commission) (2017 to 2020) with University of Glasgow partners, Michele Schweisfurth and Mike Osborne
- Smart specialisation and regional policy. Funded by: Erasmus+ (European Commission) (2020 to 2023) with University of Glasgow partner, Mike Osborne
- The European Union's innovation union & the global trade environment. Funded by: Erasmus+ (European Commission) 2017 onwards from (2017 to 2019)
Professor Wilson's research Interests and expertise are as follows:
Some example of his recent research/consultancy are shown below:
Wilson, B., Osborne, M. and Guevara, R.(2018) Lifelong learning and sustainable development: from the guest editors’ desk. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 58(3), pp. 299-311.
Wellings, B.,Kelly, S.,Wilson, B.,Burton, J.,Holland, M. (2018). Narrative Alignment and Misalignment: NATO as a Global Actor as Seen from Australia and New Zealand In: Asian Security, 14, 24 - 37
Mascitelli, B.,Wilson, B. (2018). Against the odds-a free trade agreement between the European Union and Australia? In: Asia Europe Journal, 16, 333 - 349
Cuthill, M.,Buys, L.,Wilson, B.,Kimberley, H.,Reghenzani, D.,Kearns, P.,Thompson, S.,Golding, B.,Root, J.,Weston, R. (2016). Ageing and learning in Australia: Arguing an evidence base for informed and equitable policy In: Current Aging Science, 9, 196 - 202
Wilson, B. (2016). The learning city for sustainability In: Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
Wilson, B. (2016). Connectivity of ideas: Engaging civil society organisations In: The Age of Connectivity - ASEM and Beyond, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore
Wilson, B. (2016). Smart specialization and innovation: A view from beyond Europe In: Areas of Innovation in a Global world, International Association of Science Parks and areas of Innovation, Malaga, Spain
Hogan, A.,Wilson, B.,Baker, D.,Burton, L.,Buys, L.,Cuthill, M. (2015). Reclaiming livelihoods: initial steps to re-institute a viable socio-economic base for living in country settings In: Rural and regional futures, Routledge, New York, United States
Wilson, B.,Hogan, A.,Cuthill, M.,Baker, D.,Buys, L.,Burton, L. (2015). Someone else's boom but always our bust: Australia as a derivative economy, implications for regions In: Regional Science Policy and Practice, 7, 75 - 87
Buys, L.,Burton, L.,Cuthill, M.,Hogan, A.,Wilson, B.,Baker, D. (2015). Establishing and maintaining social connectivity: An understanding of the lived experiences of older adults residing in regional and rural communities In: Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23, 291 - 294
Wilson, B. (2015). Regional innovation and human capability: Developing a comprehensive framework In: International Journal of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, 8, 122 - 138
Duke, C., Osborne, M. and Wilson, B.(2013) A New Imperative: Regions and Higher Education in Difficult Times. Series: Universities and lifelong learning. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719088308
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