Associate Professor Glen Searle

Associate Professor

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 56671


Glen Searle joined the University of Queensland in 2009 after a previous appointment at the University of Technology Sydney as Director of the Planning Program, and policy positions with the New South Wales departments of Decentralization and Development, Treasury, and Planning, and with the UK Department of the Environment. He is the current Program Director - Planning.

Glen’s main research focus is on planning governance and institutions, using Australian cities as case studies. Related to this, he has particular interests in planning for urban consolidation and metropolitan spatial strategy planning. Another major research interest centres on the spatial dynamics of advanced producer services and cultural industries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Adelaide


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Book Chapter

  • Searle, Glen (2013). Case study window - discourse, doctrine and habitus: redevelopment contestation on Sydney's harbor-edge. In Greg Young and Deborah Stevenson (Ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Planning and Culture (pp. 135-150) Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Searle, Glen (2013). Global city challenges: a view from the field. In Michele Acuto and Wendy Steele (Ed.), Global City Challenges: Debating a Concept, Improving the Practice (pp. 202-222) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Searle, Glen and Bunker, Raymond (2013). Metropolitan strategic planning: an Australian paradigm?. In Michael Hibbard, Robert Freestone and Tore Øivin Sager (Ed.), Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning 5 (pp. 187-206) Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge.

  • Searle, Glen and O'Connor, Kevin (2013). New outcomes for Australian firms in the global IT industry. In Philip Cooke, Glen Searle and Kevin O'Connor (Ed.), The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region (pp. 33-46) London & New York: Routhledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Cooke, Philip, Searle, Glen and O'Connor, Kevin (2013). The IT industry in the Asia Pacific region: heritage, context and future. In Philip Cooke, Glen Searle and Kevin O'Connor (Ed.), The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region (pp. 3-8) Oxon, Uniited Kingdom: Routhledge.

  • Searle, Glen and O'Connor, Kevin (2012). Globalizing: what makes Australian information technology companies go global?. In Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carillo (Ed.), Building prosperous knowledge cities: policies, plans and metrics (pp. 60-73) Cheltenham, U. K.: Edward Elgar.

  • Searle, Glen (2010). Sustainability of infrastructure: Achieving sustainable cities with sustainable infrastructures.. In Tan Yigitcanlar (Ed.), Sustainable urban and regional infrastructure development: Technologies, applications and management (pp. 323-328) Hershey, PA, U.S.A. ; New York, U.S.A.: Information Science Reference.

  • Searle, Glen and Pritchard, Bill (2008). Beyond planning: Sydney’s knowledge sector development. In Tan Yigitcanlar, Koray Velibeyoglu and Scott Baum (Ed.), Knowledge-based urban development: Planning and applications in the information era (pp. 184-202) Hershey, PA, U.S.A.: Information Science Reference.

  • Searle, Glen (2008). Conflicts and politics in precinct development. In Bruce Hayllar, Tony Griffin and Deborah Edwards (Ed.), City spaces - Tourist places: Urban tourism precincts (pp. 203-222) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Butterworth-Heinemann.

  • Searle, Glen (2008). The impacts of contemporary globalisation on Australian cities. In Boris Braun and Anke Schüttemeyer (Ed.), Australia global : Australien im Prozess der Globalisierung (pp. 119-140) Tubingen, Germany: Stauffenburg Verlag.

  • Searle, Glen (2008). The influence of mega events on city structure under contemporary urban governance: The example of Sydney's Olympic Games. In Alana Hay and Richard Cashman (Ed.), Connecting cities: Mega event cities. A publication for the 9th World Congress of Metropolis (pp. 87-105) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Sydney Olympic Park Authority for Metropolis Congress 2008.

  • Searle, Glen (2005). Power and planning consent in Sydney's urban consolidation program. In Denis Cryle and Jean Hillier (Ed.), Consent and consensus : Politics, media and governance in twentieth century Australia (pp. 297-317) Perth WA: API Network.

  • Searle, Glen (2005). Uncertain legacy : Sydney's olympic stadiums. In Bruce Stiftel and Vanessa Watson (Ed.), Dialogues in urban and regional planning. Vol. 1 (pp. 37-58) London: Routledge.

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