Conference paper

What lies beneath? Exploring the material influence of the underground on urban development in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Drawing on two case studies from the NSW Northern Coalfields, this paper considers economic value, government regulation, public perceptions, and urban development consequences, linking underground materiality with aboveground urban outcomes.
Conference paper

Licensing the radical: from licensed squatting to meanwhile use in London and Regional Australia

This paper positions the now-redundant Australian Renew Newcastle scheme for temporary building occupation as an example of ‘meanwhile use’: the UK term for the sanctioned short-term use of vacant urban properties awaiting redevelopment.
Report

Build4Life – The application of an agile management approach to government policy

The Build4Life project represents an innovative approach to Government policy that involved taking a policy challenge aimed at getting households to renovate their homes more sustainably, applying the latest insights from the social sciences and the application of a lean start-up methodology to create a...
Conference paper

Residential precinct demand forecasting using optimised solar generation and battery storage

In the future there will be an increased uptake of solar and battery systems in the residential sector, driven by falling battery costs and increasing electricity tariffs. The increased uptake means we need new methods to forecast electricity demand when considering these technologies. This paper...
Policy

Greater Newcastle metropolitan plan

As Australia’s seventh largest city and global gateway for northern NSW, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle, and first for a non-capital city in Australia, aims to capitalise on...
Conference paper

Dormancy in two regional cities and its relevance to the growth of Sydney

The dormant cityscape continues to haunt many of our burgeoning, high growth cities. Former port lands, ‘brownfield’ sites and degraded suburban areas persist in these states for what appears to be decades without any apparent revival. Despite the usual forms of planning, zoning and controls...
Discussion paper

Successful urban Aboriginal-driven community development: a place-based study of Newcastle

This discussion paper is a sociological account of the history of successful urban Aboriginal community development by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people in the city of Newcastle.
Strategy

Draft greater Newcastle metropolitan plan

As Australia’s seventh largest city, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever draft plan aims to drive sustainable growth.
Report

Australia’s steel industry: forging ahead

This report makes recommendations aimed at maximising the competitiveness of the Australian steel industry and levelling the playing field so that Australian steel has the best opportunity to compete fairly in an increasingly globalised market.
Article

Here's what social media can tell us about the performance of Australian cities

Since 2016, the Regional Australia Institute and LinkedIn have mapped data on local skills and job mobility of workers in eight regional Australian cities, providing local leaders with critical near-time data on the skills, connections and mobility of their workers.