Cities in an Age of Disruption and Innovation
The SOAC 2019 Conference and PhD/ECR Symposium takes place on the unceded lands of the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation, whose ongoing sovereignty we respectfully acknowledge.
On behalf of the UWA-Curtin Local Organising Committee and the Australasian Cities Research Network welcome to the webpages of the 2019 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2019) and PhD/ECR symposium.
As the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close Australian cities and regions are faced with an ever accelerating array of technological, political, economic, environmental and social upheavals. The rise of the sharing economy and the smart city agenda within Australia and internationally in recent years has been paralleled by the emergence of new socio-political movements and innovations in governance at a variety of scales.
These transformations/changes pose major questions for scholars, policymakers, practitioners, activists and local communities across urban and regional Australia:
- How can we understand the challenges and opportunities they present?
- How can we meet those challenges and seize those opportunities?
- Who wins and who loses in disruptive/innovation processes?
- How do we move to more equitable socio-spatial outcomes?
- What are citizens doing to manage the impacts of (technological, market, environmental, social, political) disruptions, and how effective are their actions?
The complexity of the challenges posed by disruption and innovation necessitates inter- and trans-disciplinary responses. To this end, we invite scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from all fields with a focus and/or interest in Australia cities and regions to join in the conversation and debate about advancing knowledge and practice in the age of disruption/innovation.
We are keen to involve urban planners, geographers, sociologists, public health scientists, criminologists, political scientists, economists, environmental scientists, ecologists, anthropologists, artists and so on.
For SOAC 2019 our aim is to foster dialogue and future policy and research collaboration among academics, local/state/federal government, businesses, non-profit organisations and local communities. In addition to traditional individual academic presentations and panels, we also encourage proposals for special themed sessions (academic and/or policy) that bring all these actors together.
In keeping with past SOAC conferences, SOAC 2019 will have 7 broad thematic streams:
- City Economics
- City Environment
- City Governance
- City Structure
- City Movement and Infrastructure
- City Social and Housing
- City Health/Liveability
For SOAC 2019, we will be offering two submission options – (i) fully peer reviewed papers; and (ii) extended abstracts and presentations. See the abstract submission portal for full details.
Colleagues are also invited to develop their own academic sessions (with 3-4 contributors per session) around specific topics/issues within any of thematic streams. In addition, we also encourage ‘author meets critics’ sessions and other novel events within the conference that explore and develop insights on the transformation of Australian cities/regions and policy landscapes.
We look forward to receiving your abstracts in March 2019. Please click here for details on the abstract submission process.
Abstract Submission Opens:
Abstract Submission Fully Peer-Reviewed Abstract Closes:
8 March 2019
Abstract Submission Extended Abstract and Presentation Closes:
31 March 2019
30 Nov – 2 Dec
3 – 5 December
Dr Paul Maginn (UWA) and Dr Diana MacCallum (Curtin)
SOAC 2019 Co-Chairs
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