State of Australian Cities Conferences

SOAC national conferences have been held since 2003 under the aegis of the Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).  Providing a focus for new urban scholarship, the biennial conferences bring together prominent academics working in this area together with new researchers, policy makers and practitioners interested in the Australian city.

State of Australian Cities Conferences

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Unaffordable housing and inadequate security of tenure in the private rental market are major issues for low-to-middle income households in Sydney. The city has seen an increased competition in the private rental housing market with upward pressure on rents. Shared housing, via online accommodation listings,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The promotion of human health was explicitly positioned as one of four goals in Sydney’s most recent metropolitan strategy: ‘A Plan for Growing Sydney’ (released December 2014). This is a first for metropolitan strategic planning in New South Wales. It presents a timely and unique...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Transit Orientated Development (TOD) provides a nuanced, policy-relevant design to connect social and planning frameworks to create low-carbon communities. This form of urban development aims to co-locate sustainable housing, transport and consolidated urban forms. Fully integrated TODs offer strong potential to blend social and environmental...

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

The recently released strategic plan, Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 forecasts a metropolitan population of 8 million. The city’s western suburbs will take a large proportion of this growth, with a further 625,000 projected residents. Despite such projections, no substantial changes to the public transport network are...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

There is a need to re-examine car parking policies in Australian cities as the allocation of excessive or inappropriate forms of parking comes with significant opportunity costs. This includes inhibiting priority of active and sustainable transport modes and implementation of equitable spatial, housing and community...

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

In academic research, neighbour relationships are generally viewed as either absent – having been gradually eroded by processes of mobility and privatisation – or as positive in the way they engender greater levels of community resilience, neighbourhood attachment and reduced fear of crime. Yet, less...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The Victorian government released its 2017 Melbourne planning strategy at the same time it opened a tender to private providers for the development of a new planning system. This approach continues the trend by Australian state governments towards broad and often ineffectual strategies for capital...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Urban green spaces provide many benefits to urban dwellers, from the environmental functions of cooling, air purification, stormwater mediation and biodiversity habitat, to contributions to mental and physical well-being, sense of place and connections to community. Urban environmental justice requires that there is equitable access...

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

New residential land in the outer suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne is predominantly being developed in the form of Masterplanned Estates. These areas are becoming culturally diverse with a significant proportion of recently arrived migrants settling there. This paper investigates the aspirations of the residents of...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Melbourne is a modern secular society with a high population of migrants, where a range of approaches exists in making urban public spaces. Yet, distinctive structures, design elements and dedicated areas representing the ethno-religious diversity that characterises the city are less common and even scarce...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Urban trees provide substantial ecosystem services, and trees on private land are a sizeable segment of overall urban tree cover. Trees provide shade, cooling and habitat, and contribute to aesthetic values, sense of place, and urban dwellers’ mental and physical wellbeing. With increasing size and...

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

Sound is a dynamic part of the urban landscape and is increasingly understood to be a central aspect that helps to shape people’s experiences of the public realm. Australian urban planners, however, have little engagement with the theories on urban sounds, and as a result,...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The conversion of former industrial buildings and identifying heritage as a commodity has become a pervasive trend, especially over the last decade. Adaptive re-use of old industrial buildings is often seen as an alternative to demolition and replacement and as the primary development solution for...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

The importance of apartment living in creating sustainable cities has gained wide recognition as many Australian cities are beginning to grapple with rising populations. Concurrent with this shift in prioritisation, high density housing in Melbourne has experienced increasing pressures in terms of affordability and financialisation....

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...