City economy

City economics

Conference paper

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.

The Australian night time economy: looking to the future

This report provides a summary of of the current-state and future needs of Australia's night time economy as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The report aims to help Australia’s capital city councils to plan for the future needs of their night time economies

Measuring the Australian night time economy 2019-20

This report focuses on the Core NTE, which consists of food, drink and entertainment (consumption) businesses and these businesses’ economic performance in the latest financial year for which official data is available (2019-20).

Local Government renewables group purchasing

Urban stakeholders have a key role as end-users in the transition to a renewable and more resilient energy system. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) is an innovative procurement model through which urban stakeholders across sectors are procuring renewable electricity in collaboration. Expansion of group...

Measuring the Australian night time economy 2016-17

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has developed a globally unique statistical tool which captures the scale, diversity and direction of the development of local, state and federal Night Time Economy (NTE) activity in Australia. The NTE in Australia continues to be a...

A guide to managing the night time economy

This guide is written for those interested in developing and expanding the benefits that the evening and night time economy have created around the globe. It is written for mayors and their advisors, economic development professionals, tourism agencies, cultural bodies and night time professionals, including...
Working paper

Supporting smart urban development: successful investing in density

Unprecedented levels of urbanisation coupled with revolutions in transport, energy, and data technology offer new opportunities to reshape cities. Cities of the future need to be planned strategically to support environmental and social well-being as well as economic productivity. To do so, cities must encourage...

A tale of two cities

People are spending more on services rather than goods, and so more people are working in services, generating high-value jobs in the centres of our big cities. Policy, especially in housing, is struggling to keep up, as Grattan CEO, John Daley, shows in this presentation...

A knowledge city strategy: strengthening Melbourne's knowledge sector through collaboration 2014-18

The purpose of this strategy is to outline the City of Melbourne’s contribution to the ongoing development of the municipality’s knowledge capacity, culture and reputation.
Conference paper

Placing a value on good design for cities: evidence and prospects

The built environment has value. Most commonly, that value is established through market prices for rent or purchase. Some elements of value, while recognised as important, are under-appreciated as it is difficult for them to be directly monetised or quantified in other terms.
Conference paper

Waves of suburban economic development: outer Western Sydney's next ride

This paper explores economic and employment development in outer metropolitan areas of Australian major cities
Conference paper

Why has Melbourne closed the gap on Sydney since 2000?

The paper examines a number of hypotheses as to why Melbourne grew more despite initial Sydney advantages.
Conference paper

A tale of two cities – patterns of population growth and change in Sydney and Melbourne

This paper seeks to examine spatial patterns of population and housing change in Sydney and Melbourne.
Conference paper

Hotels as civic landmarks, hotels as assets: the case of Sydney’s Hilton

Exploring the biography of the Sydney Hilton (opened in 1974 and recently refurbished), this paper suggests that hotels play a very important part in the urban economies of central business districts.
Conference paper

Thinking strategically - acting creatively: conceptualising creativity in Adelaide

A considerable body of research seeks to map and measure the impact of the creative industries. This is constrained in cities like Adelaide by a narrow conceptualisation of creativity that fails to reveal how diffuse creativity is within the economy and society.
Conference paper

Shrinking Cities in Australia

Shrinkage is not a topic of much discussion in most OECD countries where the planning paradigm of growth has dominated the scene for many years. However, the debate has recently intensified in Germany, specially regarding its Eastern cities, posing new questions about the efficiency and...
Conference paper

Industrial clusters, local labour markets and innovation: a case study of an 'unglamorous' industry

This research suggests that in an age of ‘ubiquities’, only labour remains embedded locally and asks therefore if labour is the bedrock of industrial clusters? The paper revisits regulation theory – and a case study of an ‘unglamorous’ but resilient manufacturing sector in Melbourne’s north.
Conference paper

Funding urban Australia - the role and rate revenue of local government in New South Wales

This paper reviews the evolving role of local government and considers the present practice and framework for raising revenue through the rating of land.
Conference paper

City economy rapporteur report

The City Economy sessions in the 2005 State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conference yielded papers that can usefully be grouped under four main strands: theoretically oriented papers; papers focussed on the ‘new economy’; investigations of ‘old chestnut’ issues of the urban economy; and papers...