The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 2 was hosted by the Urban Research Program at the South Bank campus, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

The principal theme of SOAC 2 was the sustainability and vulnerability of Australian cities. Providing a place of dialogue between leading researchers on the state of Australian cities and where they might be headed, SOAC 2 brought together participants from a wide range of fields, including: academics, researchers, policy makers, private and public sector practitioners, leaders in government, social commentators and the media.

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

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Social city rapporteur report

Nineteen papers were part of the Social City stream, with a fairly even spread between macro, meso and micro analyses of issues confronting cities. Two papers from overseas (Auckland/Johannesburg) were included. Australian cities included: Sydney; Melbourne; Adelaide; Brisbane; Newcastle and Geelong. It was disappointing that...
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Urban Australian cities under termite attack

It is critical to identify information gaps between current acceptable industry practice for termite management in urban locations and public concerns.
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The potential and limitations of sustainability policy: modest proposals from the garden city

Best regarded as an essentially contested concept, ‘sustainability’ gives rise to numerous, sometimes mutually exclusive, interpretations and applications. As exemplified by the Canberra Plan, as discussed in this paper.
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International students and the changing character of the inner area of a city: A case study of Melbourne

Globalisation in the education sector has produced a different cluster of inner area residents that in some cases may be more numerous and perhaps even more influential on local city outcomes in housing and retail activity than the workers associated with advanced services.
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Sustainable urban form and the shopping mall: an investigation of retail provision in new housing subdivisions in Melbourne's growth areas

New retail and activity centres currently being planned for and developed in growth areas on greenfield sites on the city fringe should be designed from the outset with sustainability criteria in mind.