Tony Sorensen

Conference paper

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...
Journal article

The Psychology of Regional Development

Regional development policy is an enduring function of government, but it has adopted many different styles from top-down activism to, more recently, assisting local communities to take greater control of their own destinies. For example, conventional wisdom advocates empowering local leaderships, conducting SWOT surveys and...
Conference paper

Urban planning and management in a Neo-Liberal World

The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. This paper was presented at SOAC 4 held in Perth from 24 to 27 November 2009. SOAC 4 was hosted by the University of Western...
Journal article

Australian Rural Development: Multiple Problems, Bespoke Solutions, the Abdication of Central Governments, and the Ghost of Friedrich Nietzsche

The numerous political, economic, environmental and other problems that surround the regional development of the rural areas of Australia are discussed. The various measures that can be taken or are being taken to overcome these barriers are also analyzed.
Journal article

Changing Governance of Australian Regional Development: Systems and Effectiveness

Regional economic and social development is an important public issue in most countries, yet among the least successful. In Australia, some 40 years of trial and error regional strategy appear to have had limited success in securing long-range economic and social development leading to more...