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Commentary

Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

We don’t yet know for sure what the effects of fast rail on regional cities will be. But the impact of this infrastructure needs to be assessed very carefully lest it turns Australia’s regional cities into dependent population dormitories rather than regional dynamos, at vast...
Conference paper

Functional suburbanisation: reconsidering growth in metropolitan hinterlands

What is a suburb? From the perspective of a city’s economy, the function of a suburb is a place that provides residence and sustenance for workers who export their labour. While this definition includes a spatial distinction between where workers rest and replenish themselves from...
Report

The economic dynamics and population change of Australia’s regional cities

This research investigates patterns and dynamics of population, migration and economic change in Australian regional urban centres 2011–2016 through the changing economic profile and performance of Australia’s regional urban centres. It also assesses how demographic and migration patterns are shaping and responding to economic change.
Report

Understanding the lived experience and benefits of regional cities

This research investigates the lived experience of regional city residents (in five case studies) to understand how the benefits and disadvantages of regional city life are perceived and explore attitudes towards population growth.
Report

Are people ready for a digital CBD? The new infrastructure demands

This report provides an analysis of how people in Melbourne use digital technology and infrastructures, and provides recommendations on what infrastructure requirements are needed for a digital CBD.
Report

Climate impacts at work: supporting a climate ready workforce

All workers and all industries need to be supported to adapt to climate change. Serious impacts are evident now and are escalating rapidly. This report presents the first worker-centric analysis of climate change impacts.
Conference paper

Metro-bound commuting and regional development: evidence from Victoria

Metro-bound commuters are people who live in regional areas and travel to major cities for work, connecting regional cities and towns with the major cities and their prospering economies. As governments invest in regional transport infrastructure, as well as become concerned about spatial inequity, how...
Report

Winning from second: what Geelong can learn from international second cities

This report draws on the experiences of comparable cities in Europe and the United States of America to guide the transformation of the Geelong economy. While focusing on Geelong, the project underscores the need for greater policy and planning attention to be given to second...
Conference paper

Winning from second

Business-led city associations and collaborative economic development organisations are an increasingly important player in urban development, particularly where cities are facing economic decline and are seeking economic and social reinvigoration or transformation. The Committee for Geelong (CfG) in Australia is one such entity, an “independent...
Report

The business case for social housing as infrastructure

This research investigated frameworks for funding social housing as infrastructure, including cost-benefit analysis and alternatives such as ‘avoided cost’ and ‘housing adjusted life years’, to develop stronger analytical methods.