The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 2017 was jointly hosted in Adelaide by the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University.

Refereed papers at SOAC 2017 were organized across the seven well-established themes of Economy, Environment, Governance, Structure, Movement and Infrastructure, Housing and Social, and Health. There were also three significant plenary panel sessions on Housing Affordability, Urban Resilience and the continuing challenge of achieving more productive relationships between academic researchers and urban policymakers. 

Papers from all past and subsequent SOAC conferences can be found at the State of Australian Cities Conferences Collection on APO.

Conference paper

Reflections of Apartment Design Guide 2015: based on selected design findings from an empirical study in Fairfield, Sydney

The paper aims to reflect upon the findings from a face-to-face household survey in Fairfield, one of the disadvantaged areas in Sydney undertaken as a part of the PhD thesis. Previously, the preliminary household survey findings (Sajan, 2013) and detailed findings and early discussion of...
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Urban green spaces in Australian cities: social inclusion and community participation

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...
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Cultural diversity and collaborative governance in central Dandenong

This paper reports preliminary findings from a study sponsored by the ESRC about collaborative governance under austerity.
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Where are the electric cars and solar panels? The socio-spatial mismatch of mobility and energy transition in Australian capitals

Two disruptive developments are happening in the private transport propulsion and power generation area. Electric vehicles (EVs) are poised to replace an increasing share of traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles. Meanwhile, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are also entering into the power generation scene as...
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“From choice to chance”: examining the choice-based letting system for tenant relocation in NSW

Drawing upon interview data, this paper examines the implementation of the My Property Choice’ (MPC) system as part of Sydney social housing relocation processes, revealing tensions surrounding efforts to increase residents’ choice.