Ralph Horne (BSc (Hons), MSc Salford (UK), PhD SHU (UK)) is the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation (DPVC R&I) for the College of Design and Social Context and the Director of the Global Compact Cities Programme (the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact).
As DPVC R&I, 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 Directorship role with the Cities Programme, Ralph is responsible for strategy and engagement, development of the programme, governance, business planning, academic engagement, staff, resources and reporting.
Ralph enjoys a wide network of industry partnerships. He has led over 100 urban research projects, collaborating with researchers, cities, governments, and commercial organisations across all continents and including specifically studies of housing and development in Europe, Australasia, SE Asia and Latin America.
Ralph’s expertise is in urban 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. 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.