Cities and towns
The State of Australasian Cities Conferences Collection holds the catalogue of presented papers at the SOAC national conferences, from 2003 - 2019 under the aegis of the Australasian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
Are we building harder, hotter cities? The vital importance of urban green spaces
This report presents new data on how public and private green spaces in Auckland, Hamilton and Greater Wellington have evolved over the decades. It finds New Zealand's cities are currently well-endowed with green space, though some suburbs are greener than others.
AI localism in practice: examining how cities govern AI
The rapid growth of cities and advances in data has led to the growing adoption of artificial intelligence and other automated systems in cities across the world. This report aims to serve as a primer for policy-makers and practitioners to learn about current governance and...
Growing Australia’s smaller cities to better manage population growth
This report brings together three separate research projects to examine the capacity of Australia’s smaller cities to assist in managing population growth, including international and national migration. It also provides advice on which policy instruments and programs are most likely to redirect population movements to...
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.
Award of funding under the Building Better Regions Fund
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Building Better Regions Fund was effective as well as being consistent with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.
The liveable metropolis
This is a research report about cities that deserve more recognition and more attention, especially in a world that is rightly considering the changing roles or characteristics of urban centres in a COVID-19 affected environment.
Movers and stayers: localising power to level up towns
The need to address place-based disparities has recently taken centre stage in British politics. In an ongoing period of political change, it is imperative that addressing regional inequalities stays firmly on the agenda. This report investigate the desirability and feasibility of these ambitions.
When billboards stare back: how cities can reclaim the digital public space
Our physical public areas – town squares, pedestrian zones, shopping centres and bus stops – are increasingly subject to unfettered digitalisation. This report sets out a number of concrete actions cities can take to increase their influence and effectiveness in protecting the data of their...
City economics and economies: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts
Australasian cities have ridden a long wave of economic growth driven by the export of resources, international education, tourism, and immigration. Far from being equally shared, this growth has instead produced widening disparities within and between cities, suburbs, and regions.
Building types to address the missing middle: a review of typologies to increase density in Australian inner-city suburbs
The question of how to best design this medium-rise, medium-density, mixed-used development is the focus of this paper, which reviews building typologies sourced from established medium-density global cities so as to propose alternative development paradigms for Australian cities.
Sustainable temporary adaptive reuse for a COVID-19 recovery and resilient cities approach
Temporary adaptive reuse is an economic renewal policy mechanism to address vacancy, and an asset management technique to maximise space in underused commercial buildings. This paper presents reflections and findings of early-stage research using a co-design methodology to develop the Sustainable Temporary Adaptive Reuse (STAR)...
Exploratory study of a systems approach to improving microclimates in public spaces and reducing heat-health risks
By applying a systems theory lens to bioclimatic urban design this paper explores how urban design can reduce heat in the urban environment
Is population size all that matters? Economic roles within the urban system
This paper investigates the question of how urbanisation and localisation economies interact over the 30 largest Australian Significant Urban Areas.
Mobilising local action to address 21st century challenges
This policy brief summarises considerations on mission-oriented innovations in cities to address the critical urban challenges of the 21st century.
Understanding what attracts new residents to smaller cities
This research examines key drivers of migration flows and settlement patterns across Australia, and identifies key barriers to and opportunities for greater population decentralisation.
Inquiry into population, migration and agglomeration
This report investigates agglomeration economies and their ability to alter the economic productivity of cities, together with an examination of the key drivers of population growth and mobility in Australia.
Urban resilience for local government: concepts, definitions and qualities
This paper provides an overview of the concepts, definitions and qualities of urban resilience to better understand how to address the challenges of the future with the ideas of today.
Relationships between metropolitan, satellite and regional city size, spatial context and economic productivity
This report considers evidence about the existence and scale of agglomeration economies, including in Australian cities. It examines whether city size affects productivity, and whether economic productivity, city size and rising housing costs are interdependent.
Collaborative nation building: Port of Townsville case study
This report looks at what’s happening in the Townsville region, using the Port of Townsville as an example of what’s possible when planning and embarking upon major infrastructure developments. It also examines what others at the regional, state and national levels of government can pursue...
Urban productivity and affordable rental housing supply in Australian cities and regions
This study examined relationships between urban productivity and affordable rental housing, focusing particularly on the availability of affordable housing relative to employment and labour markets in capital and satellite cities.
The future of towns
This report explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of towns in the United Kingdom. The authors have developed a new typology of towns, and provide in-depth analysis of the challenges facing different town types.
Infrastructure priority list: update to the February 2020 infrastructure priority list
The Infrastructure Priority List is the authoritative guide to the priority infrastructure investments Australia needs to secure a sustainable and prosperous future. Reflecting the national need for infrastructure investment to progress quickly, this mid-year update has been launched for the first time
Coronavirus and engaging cities: towards community recovery
What future lies ahead for cities and communities beyond the coronavirus pandemic? In this eBook, Canadian-based economic geographer and urban scholar, Shauna Brail, looks at lessons from lockdown and creative approaches to reopening and recovery.
Cities in the world: a new perspective on urbanisation
This report presents new evidence of recent and future urbanisation trends and sheds light on the evolution of metropolitan areas around the globe. The report demonstrates how globally consistent definitions of cities and metropolitan areas can contribute to more effective policy design.