Louise Johnson

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From rhetoric to actuality: researching “access” and “inclusion” in one Australian city

National legislation requires Australian cities to be accessible and inclusive. Focussing on Geelong in Victoria, this paper focuses on how best to theorise those with lived experiences of disability understand Geelong and considers how this city has met this challenge through its various plans.

The shrinking dream: Household diversity and changing house designs

Louise Johnson takes a look inside the Australian home and examines the changing character of the suburban idyll that maintains a hold on our national psyche, as the composition of its domestic spaces continues to evolve in response to the rising density of our major...
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Can regional restructuring be socially inclusive? The case of Northern Futures in Geelong, Victoria

Ongoing economic restructuring has produced many declining rust belt cities and regions. While governments and communities have acted to ease the impacts, most actions have not been effective. Politically the reaction to ongoing high levels of unemployment are now registering across the Western world and...
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Ships, Planes and Automobiles - The Perils and Pluses of Place-making in an Outer Melbourne Suburb

The papers presented at the 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 7) 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...
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Incorporating Indigenous Australian knowledge and perspectives into planning practice: past, present and future

The history and contemporary practice of land-use planning and place-making by Indigenous Australians is poorly understood by academics, students and practitioners in the field of urban and regional planning in Australia. This is despite recent high-profile events which have increased the profile of Indigenous peoples’...