The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 6 was held in Sydney and hosted by the University of New South Waltes, Griffith University, the Australian National University and The University of Sydney.

All papers presented at the SOAC 2013 have been subject to a double blind refereeing process and have been reviewed by at least two referees. In particular, the review process assessed each paper in terms of its policy relevance and the contribution to the conceptual or empirical understanding of Australian cities.

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


Conference paper

Airports as development generators: A reconnaissance of employment trends in the Sydney airport region 1996–2011

Drawing on census data for the period 1996-2011, and working at three main spatial scales (airport, surrounding region, and global economic corridor), this paper explores employment trends in Sydney where the aerotropolis theory posits there would be evidence of significant airport-related development.
Conference paper

Measuring the changing face of global Sydney

The global Sydney thesis has been argued largely from an economic-centric perspective, focusing on Sydney’s integration with the world economy, and the effect of economic globalisation. This article employs a different perspective to approach global Sydney, and pays attention to its growing migration as a...
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Media representations of nature in the city

Drawing on the broadsheets of Sydney and Canberra, this study uses content analysis to examine news, feature stories and opinion pieces that cover nature and human interaction with nature.
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Visions and pathways for low-to zero carbon urban living - Australia 2050

Visions and Pathways 2050 is a new research and engagement program which will explore and articulate visions and policy-technology pathways for a low- to zerocarbon built environment in Australia. In this paper we outline the motivation and conceptual framework of the project, concurrent research in...
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Melbourne's north and west metropolitan regional management forum: building community capacity through the regional health and wellbeing implementation strategy

At SOAC 2011, the Victorian Department of Health North and West Metropolitan Region (DH) outlined its Regional Health and Wellbeing Implementation Strategy. Using a Community Capacity Framework, this paper will outline the initiatives implemented and resulting changes to community capacity at the individual, civic engagement...