Brendan Gleeson is a Professor of Urban Policy Studies and the Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He was previously Director of the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. Professor Gleeson is the author/editor of 11 books including Lifeboat Cities (2010) and Australian heartlands: making space for hope in the suburbs (2006) the publication of which followed him receiving the inaugural John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues (Allen & Unwin Publishers). Brendan has also published over 65 journal articles and 39 book chapters, as well as numerous conferences, review, research reports, media and popular publications. He is a frequent contributor to Griffith REVIEW. His most recent essay, Collins St, 3pm: The end of the line, is published in Griffith REVIEW 41: Now We Are Ten.