The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. SOAC 7 was held in the City of Gold Coast and hosted by Griffith University.

The 164 peer reviewed papers were organised into seven broad themes but all shared, to varying degrees, a common focus on the ways in which high quality academic research can be used in the development and implementation of policy. The conference featured leading national and local politicians and policy makers who shared their views on some of the current challenges facing cities and how these might be overcome in the future.

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


Conference paper

Practitioner perspectives on nature conservation at the urban edge

As the boundaries of our cities expand, many new suburbs are being developed near nationally listed threatened ecological communities and threatened species habitat. This study uses semi-structured in-depth interviews (n=35) and focus groups (n=2) to ask urban practitioners about their experiences with greenfield development in...
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Multi-functionality and the urban-rural dichotomy in Australian metropolitan planning

This paper critically examines the response of current strategies to the notion of sustainability and multi-functionality and the role of peri-urban land, with particular focus on agricultural production. This paper offers an analysis of Australian metropolitan planning and comments on the treatment of peri-urban land...
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New approaches to oil vulnerability mapping for Australian cities: the case of South-East Queensland, the 200km City

The potential harm caused by oil dependence and uncertain supply can be seen as a form of vulnerability. This paper develops and applies new approaches to better understand oil vulnerability and its spatial patterning.
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Triple bottom line for systems analyses on integrated transport and land use planning in urban renewal

This study applies a Triple Bottom Line assessment tool to critically analyse detailed mixed-use community centre development plans for the Salisbury City Centre (SCC) located within the Adelaide Northern Rail Corridor (ANRC) catchment area.
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Design research towards improving liveability and sustainability in medium density infill housing in south east Queensland

This paper reports on a design research project commissioned by the Council of Mayors (SEQ) that investigated design strategies for improving the liveability and sustainability of medium density infill development, and sought to provide an evidence base for the benefits and costs of incorporating such...