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

Emerging approaches in business model innovation relevant to sustainability and low-carbon transitions in Australian cities

This paper provides a review of some emerging approaches that influence the development of new business models that might assist in sustainability and low-carbon transitions in cities.
Conference paper

Archetypes and other heuristics for planning in the social complexity of the Australian private rental system

In the context of declining home ownership and decreasing levels of financial, physical, material and ontological security, this paper captures renters’ subjective micronarratives and uses a participatory methodological approach developed for understanding social complexity.
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Land-Use Planning in the Second Machine Age

The imminent arrival of the Second Machine Age (2MA) will usher in an era of unprecedented economic and social turmoil which is likely to rewrite, over the next quarter century, the structure and function of cities at up to 4 times the pace of the...
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Development of real-time transport applications in Sydney - a hybrid model

The development of RT transport information mobile applications has become a focus of many public transport organisations due to their relatively low cost and high customer value. This paper explores a combinatorial approach taken by Transport for New South Wales, for the public transport network...
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Seniors' playgrounds may never get old

This paper introduces the concept of seniors’ playgrounds, documents their brief history and provides some planning principles and considerations based on current practice.