Urban Research Program Working Paper Series

These 66 papers, written between 1987-1999, make up the complete collection of ANU's Urban Research Unit, then Urban Research Program, Working Paper Series. The papers cover national, state and local issues surrounding housing, the environmental quality of urban areas, social indicators, land policy, transport, infrastructure investment and planning and employment towards the end of the 20th century in Australia. The digitisation of these papers was undertaken by ANU Open Research at the ANU Library and by APO as part of the Linked Data II project, funded by the Australian Research Council. They also add to APO's Urban Policy & Practice Collection and APO's Policy History Collection of pre-internet resources. 

Urban Research Program Working Paper Series

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URP Working Paper No. 66
15 Dec 1999

This paper examines the complex web of issues surrounding Canberra’s housing in the late 1950s.

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URP Working Paper No. 65
15 Dec 1998

This paper concentrates housing and infrastructure for Indigenous Australians during the period since the 1960s and on the northern parts of Australia.

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URP Working Paper No. 64
15 Dec 1998

This paper has two specific objectives (i) to ‘locate'disabled people in nineteenth-century Melbourne by showing where and how they lived; and (ii) to illustrate the socio-spatial relations that shaped their lives.

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Working Paper No. 63
15 Aug 1998

This paper suggests that political infeasibility to change lifestyle and reduce consumption may not be due to failing public response as much as to structural factors in society.

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URP Working Paper No. 62
15 Apr 1998

Australian timber merchants have long played a vital role in providing building materials, credit, and product information to builders.

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URP Working Paper No. 61
15 Oct 1997

Which historical changes are imprinted in the contemporary Australian city centre? This working paper places the development of Australia's capital city centres in historical context and describes major historical themes of city centres since World War II.

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URP Working Paper No. 59
15 Jan 1997

This paper discusses the forces generating social-spatial change in Australian metropolitan areas.

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URP Working Paper No. 58
15 Oct 1996

This paper explores the causes of, and evaluates possible remedies for, the decline of public transport in Melbourne.

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15 Sep 1996

Brisbane data showed that domestic property went roughly equally to the next generations of men and women, suggesting the presence of a bilateral system of descent.

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Working Paper No. 57
15 Sep 1996

This paper considers the dangers for social science when the predictive urge extends to prophesy - using case studies of Los Angeles and New Zealand.

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URP Working Paper No. 56
15 Aug 1996

The paper considers how the Schwartz model of helping behaviour can be extended to encompass situations where individuals have the opportunity to cooperate with others, and contribute to the provision of public environmental goods.

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URP Working Paper No. 53
15 Jul 1996

This paper highlights the economic and demographic constraints which were placed on the Commonwealth Government in its role as the planner and developer of Canberra during the first decade after the Second World War.

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URP Working Paper No. 54
15 Jul 1996

When the first peg was driven by King O’Malley on 20 February 1913 to start construction of Australia’s capital the work was based, not on the thoroughbred design of Griffin, but on a camel designed by a committee.

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URP Working Paper No. 60
15 Jun 1996

Canberra is one of the most significant products of twentieth century planning. The conventional historiography of its origins divides into three successive phases but the aim of this paper is to recover this 'prehistory' of planning to give some insight into the state of early...

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URP Working Paper No. 52
15 Mar 1996

New forms of information and communication technology are linking the household to an increasingly complex public realm of formal and informal, spatial and non-spatial relationships.

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URP Working Paper No. 51
15 Feb 1996

This work explores the rise and fall of proposals, which were current between 1945 and 1977, for an inner suburban radial freeway network in Sydney.

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URP Working Paper No. 50
15 Dec 1995

This paper examines the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement of 1956 --commonly seen as marking a shift in policy and in political rhetoric, away from public housing provision towards private home-ownership.

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URP Working Paper No. 47
15 Aug 1995

This paper examines the modem home through the medium of Australian House and Garden, and qualifies some functionalist sociological interpretations of the 'role' of home magazines and their promotion of modernism.

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URP Working Paper No. 48
15 Aug 1995

Nicholas Brown's paper dwells on some aspects of domestic architecture to a greater extent than was possible in Governing Prosperity: Social Analysis and Social Change in the 1950s (CUP, 1995). The paper develops the interest of that book in the ways in which more subjective...

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URP Working Paper No. 49
15 Apr 1995

It is incontestable that the motor age changed the face of urban life forever. What is more problematic is its role as the prime instrument of this spatial and cultural shift. To what extent did the motor car in fact accelerate a long process of...