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

Green Urbanism in Australia: An Evaluation of Green Building Rating Schemes

Creating sustainable cities requires rethinking the built environment, a fundamental component of mitigating the environmental impacts of buildings. To evaluate this, stakeholders in Australia increasingly rely on third party verification via green building rating schemes. These rating schemes address and encourage a variety of green...
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Defining the inevitable: micro-practices of strategic spatial planning

This paper examines the micro elements of strategic planning: the rules, shared understandings, and structures.
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Prioritising public transport policy goals in Auckland

This paper uses Q-methodology to explore stakeholders’ preferences for public transport development in the city.
Conference paper

Methodological challenges in critical analysis of institutional discourses of residential multi-occupancy in Melbourne

This paper reports on in-progress work that critically analyses how multi-occupancy household-dwelling relationships are constituted in property discourses, including whether and how these discourses reflect or even incite binaries of 'mainstream' and 'other' living configurations.
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The Shanghai model for activity centres and its potential in the Australian context

This research project’s methodology employed a critical theory research paradigm, a semi-structured interview, multiple site visits and the collection of quantitative retail data to compare planning and consumer outcomes between Garden City in Brisbane and Wujiaochang in Shanghai.