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Alternative housing models for precariously housed older Australians

This research investigates the potential of alternative housing models to increase the supply of affordable housing for older Australians and the role alternative financing schemes could play in expanding those options.
Working paper

Managing access to social housing in Australia: unpacking policy frameworks and service provision outcomes

This report presents an overview of the policies and quantitative data associated with the management of access to social housing in Australia. That is, the rules and procedures that govern the allocation of social housing properties, and the handling of tenancy applications.
Briefing paper

How to make Australia's homes more accessible: research summary

A new study by La Trobe University and the Summer Foundation investigates the most important design features to make homes more accessible. It provides evidence to support national implementation of accessibility standards in the National Construction Code (NCC).
Report

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...
Conference paper

Can planning incentives deliver affordable housing in our cities and regions? Evidence from NSW

This paper examines evidence of the outcomes of a NSW planning policy that provides a state-wide density bonus for infill, multi-unit housing projects that dedicate at least 20% of gross floor area for affordable rental housing.
Conference proceedings

City movement and infrastructure: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Our cities need big thinking, new conceptual and methodological practices, as well as research and advocacy to place just infrastructure transitions at the centre of urban and regional planning. To that end, this track includes research outputs that address these complex challenges.
Conference proceedings

City social and housing: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

This track provides papers that address housing affordability; urban sprawl and associated housing and social infrastructure needs across cities and regions; homelessness, housing system reform, and the futures of homeownership; social and cultural diversity and its implications for housing and social/care infrastructures; and transformative models...
Report

Making energy resilient: state strategies, progress, and opportunities

Amidst energy transitions and the rising impacts of climate change, resilience is a growing part of state energy strategies. This report examines how resilience is addressed in planning and policy resources from a selection of representative states.
Conference paper

Beyond ‘mobility reductionism’: striking new paradigms for the wellbeing of Wheeled Mobility Device (WMD) users in the public realm

This presented paper is an exercise in reforming policy planning on disability and ensuring the participation of WMD users in communities. It is critical of the conventional placemaking approaches that focus solely on meeting mobility needs and are ‘mobility reductionist’.
Conference paper

Growing pains: the crisis in Melbourne’s growth area planning

This paper examines the governance failures which have led to this failure of planning in Melbourne’s growth areas. It shows that none of the objectives of the Victorian government’s Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines are being met and demonstrates how the design of residential areas and...
Conference proceedings

City health and liveability: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Papers in this track bring together academics, tertiary students, policymakers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to explore how our cities are impacting health behaviours, risk factors and outcomes, and how cities can be more resilient and equitable in the decades ahead.
Conference proceedings

Keynote papers: SOAC 2021 conference abstracts

SOAC 2021 and these conference keynote papers focused on urban and regional transitions in the COVID-recovery era to report and appraise the social, spatial, and economic consequences for equity, inclusion and justice.
Report

Greening libraries report

This report aims to highlight examples of best practice and inform the creation of a toolkit for libraries to help them support environmental action, further the greening libraries movement, as well as exemplify sustainability practices that are consistent with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Report

Shaping the future of small and medium-sized cities: a framework for digital transformation

At present, the digitalisation level of small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) varies greatly in different regions of the world and at different economic levels. This report examines the challenges of digital transformation in SMCs from four viewpoints - society, economy, governance and environment.
Conference paper

Calculation of policy-relevant spatial indicators of urban liveability: experiences of scaling a research programme from local to global

A pilot project, which focused on Melbourne in 2012, developed an initial workflow to calculate address-level liveability measures. This paper reviews methodological challenges encountered in the scaling up of this 5-year collaborative research program.
Conference paper

Centring, rather than connecting with, nature

This paper argues that the ‘living with nature’ movement and technocratic responses, such as Nature-based Solutions, are ideological fantasies of curation. Instead, this paper maintains that ecosystems must become the frames and bases for decision-making.
Conference paper

An investigation of the smart city development in India: multiscalar governance, fragmented planning and transformative opportunities for Australasia

This paper notes that scholars argue that smart city development in India and the Global South is disruptive because it has no predecessor to show us how. But examples from three Indian cities of Bhubaneswar, Pune and Chennai highlight the different ways in which smart...
Conference paper

Bondi to Byron: the diverging experiences of rental and home-buyer markets in urban and regional NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper examines the diverging stories of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired impact on Greater Sydney and the Rest of NSW’s rental and home-buyer markets through a multi-scale data analysis approach that triangulates tourist activity, investor sales, and property/rental prices
Conference paper

Experience of high-rise apartment living in Australia: a case study of Southbank, Melbourne

This research explored how high-rise residents experience Southbank, their sense of place and how they live there. Two key questions are: What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within the high-rise building in which they live? and What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within...
Conference paper

The loss of peri-urban agricultural land and the state-local tensions in managing its demise: the case of Greater Western Sydney, Australia

This study examines the drivers of peri-urban agricultural land loss in Greater Western Sydney (GWS), one of the fastest growing peri-urban regions in Australia, and on the particular contribution of government planning policy and resultant tensions between state and local government decision making.