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

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

SOAC 3 focused on the contemporary form and structure of Australian cities and refereed papers were grouped into six key sub-themes: 

  • City Economy - economic change and labour market outcomes of globalisation, land use pressures, changing employment locations.
  • Social City – including population, migration, immigration, polarisation, equity and disadvantage, housing issues, recreation.
  • City Environment - sustainable development, management and performance, natural resource management, limits to growth, impacts of air, water, climate, energy consumption, natural resource uses, conservation, green space.
  • City Structures – the emerging morphology of the city – inner suburbs, middle suburbs, the CBD, outer suburbs and the urban-rural fringe, the city region.
  • City Governance – including taxation, provision of urban services, public policy formation, planning, urban government, citizenship and the democratic process.
  • City Infrastructure – transport, mobility, accessibility, communications and IT, and other urban infrastructure provision.
Conference paper

Negotiating development: the interaction of formal and informal institutions in development approval in Wyong, New South Wales

This paper explores how formal and informal institutional arrangements are mobilised in unique ways to secure development approval at a greenfield release site on Sydney’s fringe: Wyong Shire.
Conference paper

Ecological footprint as an assessment tool for urban development

This paper considers an Ecological Footprint analysis of Aurora, a new residential estate in Melbourne’s north. The estate is being developed by VicUrban, with the expressed aim of creating a new benchmark in sustainable urban development.
Conference paper

The death and life of the great Australian suburb

Inspired by the approach to understanding, critiquing and rebuilding both planning and the urban environment that Jane Jacobs adopted in her Death and life of great American cities (1961), this paper begins with the personal experience of living in a suburban neighbourhood in Melbourne, Victoria
Conference paper

Still settling cities: sustainability, governance and change

For many people, Australia was ‘settled’ soon after European occupation, through the actions of hardy, resourceful and sometime foolhardy ‘settlers’.
Conference paper

Mobility profiles for local areas: developing an interactive decision-making tool for urban design, transport and accessibility improvements in Melbourne's activity centres

This paper introduces the suite of local area indicators compiled during the Transport, Accessibility and Mobility Indicators (TAMI) pilot project in 2006-07 and reflect on the opportunities and barriers encountered in their application to the local planning process.