Bruce Duncan was ordained for the Redemptorist Congregation in 1971. To specialise in the areas of social justice, he studied economics and political science at the University of Sydney. During this time he was one of the founding editors of National Outlook magazine.

Since 1986 he has taught at Yarra Theological Union, and coordinates the program in social justice studies. He was a member of the Melbourne Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace (1994-2007), and a consultant with Catholic Social Services Victoria (1998-2007). He is one of the founders of the advocacy organisation, Social Policy Connections, and of the new Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy, of which he is the Director.

At YTU he currently offers courses in

  • Catholic Social Thought Overseas and in Australia
  • Can war be just? and
  • Christianity, Economics and Social Transformation



The Church’s social teaching: from Rerum Novarum to 1931 (Melbourne: CollinsDove, 1991).

Crusade or Conspiracy? Catholics and the Anti-Communist Struggle in Australia (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2001).


World Population: Cause for Alarm? (Sydney: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 1995).

(with Dr Sheila Cameron) ‘Surviving, not Living’: Disadvantage in Melbourne (Melbourne: Catholic Social Services Victoria, 2001).

War on Iraq: Is It Just? (Sydney: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 2003).

Ending Hunger: how far can we go? The UN Millennium Development Goals (Sydney: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, 2005).

Many of his journal and magazine articles can be found on his homepage at

Current research interests:

  • A critique of the philosophy of economics, including the contribution of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, in the context of the UN Millennium Goals.
  • The tradition of Catholic social thought on distributive justice in social and economic policy in an era of rapid globalisation.
  • Just war traditions in Islam and the West, and their bearing on contemporary terrorism.
  • Theories of justice and the search for moral objectivity in economics and social policy.
  • Catholic social thought and the future of the welfare state.

Faculty Duncan, Bruce