Urban Policy & Practice

This collection includes resources related to cities and towns, public infrastructure, planning, transportation and more. This collection was established by the Henry Halloran Trust and significantly expanded as part of the APO Linked Data II Project supported by an Australian Research Council grant in 2016. The collection will be further developed as part of the APO Linked Semantic Platforms project supported by the ARC 2018 - 2019. 

Urban Policy & Practice

Briefing paper

Background and discussion
22 Jun 2018

This discussion paper is to inform a new City of Melbourne Transport Strategy to 2050. A draft strategy will be released for consultation in 2018. We are seeking your views on these issues and ideas.

To protect Melbourne’s liveability for future generations, we need...

Journal article

19 Jun 2018

Whilst there is an extensive body of research on the social and environmental concerns associated with private car usage and the role of the built environment and urban form in sustainable travel, there is limited focus on children’s active contribution to these trends, both as...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

This paper explores the development of the ‘problem-solution nexus’ of a cancelled mega urban transport project in Melbourne, Australia. The East-West Link (Eastern Section) was the most recent iteration of a cross-town motorway connection that has been proposed numerous times since the 1960s, most recently...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

In land use, design and development terms the modern university in Australia is a fixture in all urban environments including central business districts, inner city, middle ring, outer suburbs, and regional towns. The predominant spatial pattern in the university expansion era of the late 1950s...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Motivated by discontent with the quality, design, and cost of speculative multi-unit housing provision in Australia, households and professionals alike are increasingly seeking alternatives. Recent years have seen an increase in the number and university of households seeking to collectively self-develop multi-unit housing in our...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

This paper reports on new research to understand the preparedness of government planning agencies for the arrival of new technologies of automated private and public transport vehicles in Australasian cities. Already corporations are playing an increasing role in the shaping of Australian cities through their...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Although urban sprawl has been largely discussed, the range of determinants for the incorporation of rural lands remain less systematised and mainly framed by transport improvements, housing shortage and land-market constraints. Because of that, measures to tackle impacts of sprawl are lacking considering determinants operate...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Densification of cities and suburbs is a contentious issue for many communities in lower-density settings. Local opposition to densification is often premised on concerns about the inadequacy of existing infrastructure to support growing populations and is strongest and most successful in wealthier neighbourhoods. While the...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Through Australia’s history, private developers have introduced restrictive covenants to property titles. Typical private covenants stipulate building materials, limit dwelling numbers, and prohibit particular land uses or the sale of alcohol. Covenants, like zoning, have tended to “put the single-family, owner-occupied home at the pinnacle...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

With around 85% of Australia’s population living in coastal areas, rising sea levels and increasing storm surges will continue to have significant impacts on many of the continent’s coastal communities and landscapes. This presents great challenges to urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects responsible...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Australia’s population is ageing rapidly, yet we continue to make housing choices as though we will never grow old. New housing typologies, including alternative finance and governance models, will be needed to provide housing options suitable to our ageing population. An emerging response is cohousing,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Amid Australia’s real estate boom, social housing sites are increasingly seen as prime areas for future urban development. In response, the NSW Government has announced the major redevelopment of large social housing estates, starting with the site of Ivanhoe in Sydney’s north-west, as well as...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Urban green spaces (UGS) like parks, sports grounds and bush reserves provide opportunities for city dwellers to interact with the natural environment. Our study sought to establish the importance of UGS for city dwellers to not only interact, but ‘connect’, with nature given that research...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

In an era where increasingly urban planning is required to envisage and model development and growth scenarios, there is a dearth of creative, flexible, timely and three-dimensional electronic tools that allow the planners to both model and visualize their scenarios without wading through extensive computer...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Children’s Independent Mobility (CIM) is a measure of the level of a child’s freedom to explore and move about his or her local neighbourhood without direct adult supervision. Children have suffered a significant loss of independent mobility since the 1970s. The choice of independent mobility...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Airbnb is a short-term accommodation in the sharing economy platform that has become increasingly prevalent since its inception in 2008. Despite the growth of Airbnb, limited research has been focussed on understanding how this facet of the sharing economy interacts with the existing urban spatial...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Metro-bound commuters are people who live in regional areas and travel to major cities for work, connecting regional cities and towns with the major cities and their prospering economies. As governments invest in regional transport infrastructure, as well as become concerned about spatial inequity, how...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Engaging the private sector in the social housing provision is a contested public policy discussion in Australia and internationally. A valuable reference case for Australia is the social housing policy in Chile, which has drifted from a traditional procurement approach, meaning that the public sector...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

This study investigates attitudes towards smart work arrangements and examines the motivations and constraints in the public sector. It is based on a survey that received 300 responses across Departments in the Australian Capital Territory Government. The study indicated a high demand for smart work...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Small urban manufacturers (‘makers’) are scattered throughout the inner suburbs of Australian cities. Makers differ in many ways from traditional industry in the small-scale of their operations, their connection to their materials, tools and methods, their commitment to their neighbourhood and community, and their philosophical...