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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 the ecumenical monthly magazine, National Outlook.

Since 1986 he has taught at Yarra Theological Union. 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 previous Director of the Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy, which has been subsumed into the Centre for Research on Religion and Social Policy (RASP) within the University of Divinity.

At YTU he currently offers courses in

  • Catholic Social Thought Overseas and in Australia
  • Equity and Sustainability: Christianity, Economics and Social Transformation

Current research interests

  • Developments in the philosophy of economics, in the context of the UN Sustainable Goals
  • The tradition of Catholic social thought on distributive justice, especially Pope Francis in his critique of global poverty, inequality and sustainability



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