John Lea was on the fulltime staff from 1975-2001. He currently teaches part-time and supervises research students, His research interests include development studies in Asia/Pacific and Northern Australia with a focus on urbanisation, housing, indigenous studies and Island development. He holds a BA(Hons) and MA from Cambridge University, a DipTP from the Polytechnic of Central London, a PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a DScArch from the University of Sydney. He is a Member of the Australian Planning Institute and was Director of the IB Fell Housing Research Centre in the Faculty of Architecture from 1990-1995. He has been a consultant internationally for UNESCO, AusAID and the World Bank; and in Australia for various Commonwealth and state government departments. In 2002 he was Program Quality Advisor for the Australian Agency for International Development in Canberra.
H.S. Murison and J.P. Lea (eds) Housing in Third World Countries: Perspectives on Policy and Practice, London: Macmillan, 1979; New York: St Martins Press, 1980, 182 + vii. pp. (ISBN 0-333-26869-5).
J.P. Lea and J.M. Courtney (eds) Cities in Conflict: Studies in the Planning and Management of Asian Cities, Washington DC: The World Bank, 1985, 122 + xi pp. (ISBN 0-8213-0480-1).
J.P. Lea and R.B. Zehner, Yellowcake and Crocodiles: Town Planning, Government and Society in Northern Australia, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1986, 200 + xxvi pp. (ISBN 0-86861-875-6).
J.P. Lea, Government and the Community in Katherine, 1937-78, Darwin: Australian National University North Australia Research Unit Monograph, 1987, 97 + vii pp. (ISBN 0-7315-0105-5).
J.P. Lea, Tourism and Development in the Third World, London & New York: Routledge, 1988, 90 pp. (ISBN 0-415-00671-6)
J.P. Lea, Government and the Community in Tennant Creek, 1947-78, Darwin: Australian National University North Australia
Research Unit Monograph, 1989, 122 + x pp. (ISBN 0-7315-0540-9)
S. Kesteven and J.P. Lea, Jabiru and the Aborigines of the Kakadu Region, Darwin: ANU North Australia Research Unit, 1997. 63 + ix pp. (ISBN 0-7315-2884-0).
K. Ono and J.P. Lea, 'Japanese Vision and Northern Australia: the early role of Japanese Settlers on Thursday Island', Australian Planner, 37, 2, 2000, 95-102.
J. Connell and J.P. Lea, Urbanization in the Island Pacific. London: Routledge, 2002 (ISBN 0415246709)
* K.Ono, J.P.Lea and T Ando, 'A study of Urban Morphology of Japanese Colonial Towns in Nan'yo Gunto, part 1: Garapan, Tinian and Chalan Kanoa in Northern Marianas', Journal of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Engineering, AIJ, 556, 2002, pp. 333-339.
* K.Ono, J.P.Lea and T Ando, 'A study of Urban Morphology of Japanese Colonial Towns in Nan'yo Gunto, part 2: Koror in Palau', Journal of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Engineering, AIJ, 562, 2002, pp. 317-322.
* P.Jones and J.P.Lea, 'What has happened to Urban Reform in the Island Pacific? Some lessons from Kiribati and Samoa', Pacific Affairs, 80, 3, 2007, pp. 473-91.
Regional planning focused on rural NSW, northern Australia and the Pacific; housing policy in developing countries; indigenous settlement and land tenure issues in Australia and the Pacific; development aid policy
PhD and MPhil supervision
PLAN 9049 Development Project Planning and Design