The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 5 was held in Melbourne and hosted by the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and Latrobe University as well as the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Grattan Institute, the Victorian State Government and the City of Melbourne.

Three plenary panels brought researchers from across the country to address ‘big issues’: place-based disadvantage, the design and form of Australian cities, and metropolitan governance. Over 175 papers, in 46 themed sessions, cover topics ranging from planning and governance for environmental sustainability, to housing affordability and adequacy in the context of an ageing population. Healthy communities, better public transport, high quality open space, participatory planning, and issues affecting the peri-urban fringe are also strong sub-themes within this conference. All published papers have been subject to a peer reviewing process.

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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Future policy directions for zero emission housing in Australia: implications from an international review and comparison

This paper analyses current new housing energy performance policies from Australia, the EU and USA against a set of socio-technical transitions principles presented within a zero emission housing framework.
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Potential effects of climate change on Melbourne's street trees and some implications for human and non-human animals

This paper explores how the composition of Melbourne’s street tree may change under current climate change scenarios, and what the impact of this may be for both humans and non-human animals living in Melbourne.
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The challenges facing South Sudanese refugees in the Australia's housing sector

This paper aims to highlight the difficulties facing South Sudanese refugees’ community in the Australia’s housing system. The paper considers historical, structural, political and economical disadvantages Sudanese refugees have experienced as a result of the Sudan’s civil wars.
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Strengthening urban resilience

The aim of this paper is to consider how the concept of urban resilience could be better embedded into the urban process of decision-making and policy development and therefore result in more resilient cities.
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Ageing in place: providing supportive environments for older men

This paper focuses on findings from individual neighbourhood ‘walking interviews’ with five older men. The aim is to explore the men’s perspectives about the environmental components that make urban neighbourhoods desirable places in which to live. This research is part of a larger study on...