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.

Conference paper

Economic impact of carbon prices on commercial office construction for embodied greenhouse gas emissions

This paper discusses a life cycle study was undertaken to assess the economic impact arising from internalised embodied greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) costs for a commercial office building.
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Implications of abrupt environmental change for urban Australia

This paper summarises recent scientific work on abrupt change, with selected examples of apparent sudden shifts in environmental variables.
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Strategic planning in regional cities: new conceptions

Using the example of the regional Victorian city of Bendigo, this paper discusses new drivers for change in planning for regional cities. Key challenges are associated with environment, global relationships, urban amorphism, water security, sustainable growth, application of new planning policy, the clash between heritage...
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A socio-economic analysis of social inclusion and lifestyle factors in South-East Queensland

This paper addresses three questions in relation to perceptions of city liveability; Does social capital in a city vary across different socio-economic groups; Do lifestyle factors in a city vary across different socio-economic groups; Do different socio-economic groups perceive different levels of public sector infrastructure...
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Local and international examples of how sustainable communities can and do work

To sustain urban habitats and their inhabitants, we must plan, design and think of cities as ecological systems, create healthy urban metabolisms and reconsider the relationship between cities and their hinterland.