Australian Cities Research Network

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Australasian Cities Research Network

The Australasian Cities Research Network (ACRN) was initially known as the Australian Sustainable Cities Network when it was first established in the early 2000s. The network’s fundamental aim is to promote, foster, champion, and disseminate research relevant to Australian cities and regions. This is achieved via the State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference which has been running since 2003 when the inaugural conference was held in Sydney.

Since then the SOAC conference has effectively toured the nation’s major metropolitan regions – Brisbane (2005), Adelaide (2007, 2017), Perth (2009), Melbourne (2011), Sydney (2013), Gold Coast (2015) and now back to Perth in 2019.

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

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New ways to model cities as complex systems

Cities are complex systems and the ways in which we consider and conceive them requires disruption. This disruption is not technological, but methodological – providing new ways to understand and explore their structure, composition and potential.
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Why do home-owners do better?

Focussing on indicators of physical and mental health, life satisfaction and, for youth, educational attainment, this paper employs a range of strategies to test competing hypotheses relating to causal mechanisms and selection effects associated with home-ownership.
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Logan Renewal Initiative: a bridge too far for a public housing public private partnership

This paper outlines the history of the Logan Renewal Initiative and draws learnings from the reversal of a major policy initiative aimed at managing and redeveloping 4,653 public housing dwellings in the Logan City Council.
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Through a local governance lens: divergent and convergent perspectives of effective urban greenspace provision

While municipal government is most often at the heart of local urban greenspace provision, delivery depends upon internal as well as external factors which can act as disruptors. Drawing upon two case studies, this paper examines which factors most affect urban greenspace in two fast...
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Tiny houses: love, live or leave? What factors influence the decision?

Tiny houses offer some potential to improve housing choice for those who can afford the upfront cost, may offer low impact urban densification option and can foster more sustainable behaviours. This potential will however, not be achieved unless local and state governments regulate tiny houses...