Guest Speakers and Special Events

Welcome to country: Ms Marie Taylor

Guest Speakers


Dr Julian Bolleter

Acting Director, Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC, University of Western Australia)

Dr Julian Bolleter is the Acting Director at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia. His role at the AUDRC includes teaching a master’s program in urban design and conducting research projects for the Western Australian state government. Julian is an experienced urban designer and has w­orked in design offices in Australia, the USA, the UK and the Middle East. He has completed a PhD and has commercially published six books. Julian’s current research interests are new city developments in Australia, Africa and the Middle East, alternative strategies for urban infill development, and the design of public open space for optimum health benefits. Julian has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Healthways and the Western Australian Government.

Assoc. Prof. Paul J. Maginn, ACRN Co-Chair

The University of Western Australia
Geography and Planning
@planographer / @suburbanistapod

Dr Paul Maginn is Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UWA. He is Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research, Co-Chair of SOAC2019 and Co-Convenor of the ACRN. Paul’s primary areas of research are: strategic metropolitan planning, social/cultural aspects of suburbia, geographies and regulation of the sex industry, and, online porn consumption and porn culture spaces.

Prof. Roy Jones

Position: Research Coach

Emeritus Professor Roy Jones was Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University from 2007-2012. He was also Head of the School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages for six years. As Dean, Roy was responsible for improving the faculty’s research performance and for mentoring academics across a wide range of fields from construction management to the visual arts.

Roy is the author of more than 100 refereed publications and has held several ARC grants, and been funded by two CRCs, government departments and industry. He has been an assessor of ARC Discovery and Linkage grant applications and served as an evaluator for the ERA 2010 and 2012 rounds.


Prof. Ute Lehrer

Ute Lehrer is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York. With degrees from University of Zurich, Switzerland, and University of California, Los Angeles in urban planning, art and architectural history, sociology and economic and social history, Ute Lehrer has previously taught at Brock University and SUNY Buffalo, was a researcher at the Swiss Federal University of Technology in Zurich, and held Visiting positions at Université de Montpellier, France, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, University of Manchester, UK and IGK Erkner, Berlin, Germany. She was the recipient of several awards, including UCLA’s Chancellor Fellowship, UC Berkeley’s Research Fellowship and the American Institute for Certified Planners. She was the Vice-President North America of the Research Committee 21, ISA, and is currently Editorial Board Member of the International Journal for Urban and Regional Research.

Taking a critical and comparative approach, her research interests include urban design and land use; housing, gentrification and the condominium boom; discourse and mega-projects; as well as the social construction of public space. She has published widely in social science journals and edited books. Her most recent book (edited with Richard Harris) looks at the suburban land question. She was the PI, and is the collaborator in several SSHRC-funded research projects, including on Global Suburbanisms.

Roy is the author of more than 100 refereed publications and has held several ARC grants, and been funded by two CRCs, government departments and industry. He has been an assessor of ARC Discovery and Linkage grant applications and served as an evaluator for the ERA 2010 and 2012 rounds.

Roger Kiel

Prof. Roger Keil

Roger Keil is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in Toronto. He researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance and was the Principal Investigator of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Global Suburbanisms (2010-19). Keil is the author of Suburban Planet (Polity 2018), editor of Suburban Constellations (Jovis 2013), co-editor, with Judy Branfman of Public Los Angeles: A Private City’s Activist Futures (UGAPress 2020), and co-editor, with Xuefei Ren of The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge 2017). He is the editor of the Global Suburbanisms book series with University of Toronto Press and the co-editor of Suburban Governance: A Global View (with Pierre Hamel) as well as Massive Suburbanization (with K. Murat Güney and Murat Üçoğlu) in that series. A co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), he was the inaugural director of the CITY Institute at York University and former co-editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.


Dr Talia Steed

Instagram @drtaliasteed

Dr Talia Steed is a holistic health and wellness Doctor as well as a Yoga teacher. She has spent 10 years working in the fields of Psychiatry and GP but has found that we need a broader approach to attain wellbeing. She believes in engaging a combination of mind, body, and spirit and integrating these three domains to reach a state of wellness, joy, creativity, and productivity.

Special Events

Special Events to be announced via twitter (@AECURN)

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens:
Now open

Abstract Submission Fully Peer-Reviewed Abstract Closes:
8 March 2019

Abstract Submission Extended Abstract and Presentation Closes:
31 March 2019

PhD/ECR Symposium:
30 Nov – 2 Dec

SOAC Conference:
3 – 5 December

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