Emeritus Professor Dennis Hardy

Research Professor, James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute
Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles

Professor Dennis Hardy joined UniSey as Vice-Chancellor at the start of 2014.  Most of his prior academic and professional career as an urban planner was located in the UK, together with recent assignments in Dubai and Australia.

Prof. Hardy qualified initially with a B.A.(Hons.) in Geography at the University of Exeter, UK, where he went on to obtain a Master’s by research.  He then qualified as a professional town planner at University College London, and later undertook research for his PhD at the London School of Economics.  He was a Member, and then Fellow, of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Having worked as an urban planner for the Greater London Council, he entered academic life at Middlesex University.  He taught on a wide variety of courses prior to developing his career in senior management, with posts which included Head of Department, Dean of Humanities, Dean of the Business School, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  He was seconded for one year to the higher education quality assurance authority for England and Wales; he was a governor of a local college; and he received awards for his work with the north London community.

In spite of his management responsibilities, he has maintained an active research record, with ten books to his name that include topics on utopian communities and planning history, new towns and Mediterranean cities.  Additionally, he has written numerous papers for refereed journals, conferences and professional publications.  He was for ten years the Editor of Town & Country Planning and General Editor for the Routledge series of books, ‘Planning, History & Environment’.  He has served on other editorial boards and professional committees, and was President of the International Communal Studies Association.

Prof. Hardy is currently working as a Research Professor with the James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute.  His main focus is on the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean region.  

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