PhD (Urban Policy and Planning) (Melb), MRRP (Otago), BA (Social Anthropology) (Otago)
- Housing systems and markets
- Social and institutional dimensions of transport systems
- Urban and regional oil vulnerability
- Urban infrastructure
- Urban governance and policy
Jago's doctoral studies addressed problems in housing policy reform in Australia and New Zealand. During his early post-doctoral enquiries he developed new insights into transport disadvantage in Australian cities and addressed problems of transport and metropolitan governance, and economic development. Subsequent investigations developed new insights into the problem of 'oil vulnerability' in Australian cities, particularly the household socio-economic stresses from rising housing and transport fuel costs, and a new method 'the VAMPIRE index' to assess this phenomenon. He has also provided summary reviews on housing and social theory and on planning and human geography, to key reference texts. Later work has studied questions of urban socio-technical practices within suburbia and the challenges of managing compact urbanisation and housing markets, as well as problems of urban governance and infrastructure planning. Recent research has assessed the role of the private development sector in climate change adaptation; the national broadband network and metropolitan planning; private motor vehicle fuel efficiency; and national level urban policy making in Australia, among other topics.
Jago's research record includes more than 60 publications, with one sole author and one joint author book, 20 refereed journal articles, 12 book chapters and 30 refereed conference papers. He has contributed extensively to scholarly, policy and public debates on urban problems in Australia and internationally.