• Joseph Lo Bianco
  • fellow
  • Professor Joseph Lo Bianco AM FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1999
  • Section: Asian Studies / European Languages and Cultures

  • Biography:
  • Joseph Lo Bianco holds the Chair of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Language Australia Ltd: the National Languages and Literacy Institute, of which he is the founder. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland.

    He has been commissioned to advise on language policy and literacy planning in South Africa, Hawai'i, Italy, New Zealand, Western Samoa and other Pacific Island countries, Sri Lanka and Scotland. He was a member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO for 10 years. He set up the Melanesian Literacy Project as part of the International Literacy Year in 1990 and has written and published extensively in this area.

    He was awarded the Order Of Australia (AM) in June 1998 "for service to the development of language policy and planning in Australia and overseas", the title of Fellow of the Australian College of Education in 1997 "in recognition of (an) outstanding contribution to education", was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 1992 and in June 1999 he was admitted by the President of the Republic of Italy to the title of Commendatore nell’Ordine di Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

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