International Secretariat Staff
Professor Ralph Horne directs the Cities Programme’s research strategy and agenda.
Ralph is also the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for the Design and Social Context College at RMIT University. He has particular expertise in urban research, social and policy change for sustainable design and development. He has extensive experience of environmental techniques and sustainability appraisal and has a specific research interest in urban transitions, including socio-technical relations in the context of climate change and resource scarcity.
Ralph has led over 100 urban research projects, collaborating with researchers, cities, governments and commercial organisations across all continents and including studies of housing and development in Europe, Australasia, South East Asia and Latin America. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.
He held the positions of Director, Green Building Council of Australia from 2010-13 and Council Member, Built Environment Industry Innovation Council, Commonwealth Government, Australia from 2008-12. He also holds the position of Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, where he supports research performance through the development of new and existing research groups and centres, mentoring future research leaders and providing strategic leadership in support of research activity across the college.
In his executive position with the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme since 2014, Ralph has been responsible for strategy and engagement, development of the programme, governance, business planning, academic engagement, staff, resources and reporting.