Professor Donald McNeill
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Professor Donald McNeill

Professor of Urbanism
G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney
Professor Donald McNeill

Donald is a Professor of Urbanism at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. He has previously held positions at the Institute for Culture and Society (Western Sydney University), the Urban Research Centre (Western Sydney University), King’s College London, Southampton and Strathclyde. His research is located at the intersection of human geography, economic sociology, spatial planning, and urban design and architecture, with a particular interest in the political and cultural economy of globalisation and cities. He has published widely in human geography and urban studies, and his books include: The global architect: firms, fame and urban form (Routledge, 2008), New Europe: imagined spaces (Arnold, 2004), and Urban change and the European left: tales from the New Barcelona (Routledge, 1999). He was a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University in 2010 and Special Professor at the School of Geography, University of Nottingham from 2011 to 13. He is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in the field of ‘Governing digital cities’, running from 2012 to 2016.

  • Volumetric urbanism: how major cities are constructed 'volumetrically' around capacity, verticality, and density (think elevators, floor-space ratios, underground tunnels);
  • The design and delivery of innovation districts, particularly in the area of health, wellness and pharmaceuticals;
  • The future planning and design of industrial and employment districts in cities.


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Selected Grants


  • Volumetric urbanism, McNeill D, Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP)