Social Program

SOAC 2019 Welcome Reception

Date: Monday 2 December 2019
Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Pat Troy Memorial Lecture: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Location: FLUX by Spacecubed, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Tickets: Welcome Reception tickets are inclusive to all full registrations.
Additional Tickets: $85.00

Tuesday Planners in the Pub

Book Launch: Doing Research in Urban and Regional Planning
Diana MacCallum, Courtney Babb and Carey Curtis
Meet the Authors – Courtney Babb and Diana MacCallum
With perspectives from Professor Nicole Gurran and Mr Ieuan Hook

Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: The George, 216 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Wednesday Planners in the Pub

Wednesday Planners in the Pub Book Launch: Global Planning Innovations for Urban Sustainability
Q&A with Professor Peter Newman

As the world becomes more urbanised, solutions are required to solve current challenges for three arenas of sustainability: social sustainability, environmental sustainability and urban economic sustainability

Date: Wednesday 4 December 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: The George, 216 St Georges Terrace, Perth

This edited volume interrogates the trade-offs made between the three arenas of sustainability in the implementation of innovative solutions in cities, and in doing so offers a new perspective on the politics of urban planning innovation and urban sustainability. The book draws on a group of 12 international case studies, including Vancouver and Calgary in Canada, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the U.S (North America), Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Seoul in Korea (South-East Asia), Medellín in Colombia (South America), Helsinki in Finland, Freiburg in Germany and Seville in Spain (Europe). Each case study provides key facts about the city, presents the particular urban sustainability challenge and the planning innovation process and examines the trade-offs between social, environmental and economic sustainability. The book analyses to what extent planning innovations can be translated from one context to another.

This book will be essential reading to students, academics and practitioners of urban planning, urban sustainability, urban geography, architecture, urban design, environmental sciences, urban studies and politics.

Dr Sébastien Darchen

Senior Lecturer, Planning
School of Earth and Environmental Management (SEES), University of Queensland

Sébastien Darchen is a Senior Lecturer in Planning at the School of Earth and Environmental Management (SEES), University of Queensland. He holds a PhD in Urban Studies obtained in 2008 from INRS- Urbanisation, Culture et Société (Montreal, Canada). He was postdoctoral fellow at the Canada Research Chair of the Socio-organisational Challenges of the Knowledge Economy in Montreal (Canada).

Dr. Darchen studies the political economy of the built environment with a focus on the strategies of urban stakeholders involved in the provision of the built environment. His main research areas are urban regeneration of city centres and creative economy policies in cities.


Professor Peter Newman AO

John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin University

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University .He sat on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013), ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’(2009), ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ (2009) and ‘Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence’ with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia and in 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system. He was an elected Fremantle City Councillor from 1976-80 where he still lives.

Glen Searle

Dr Glen Searle

Honorary Associate Professor, Planning
The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland

Dr Glen Searle is an Honorary Associate Professor in Planning at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. He was previously Director of the Planning Programs at the University of Queensland and the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to academia, he worked in urban planning and policy positions in the Inner Cities Directorate of the UK Department of the Environment, and the New South Wales departments of Decentralisation and Development, Treasury, and Planning, where he was Manager, Policy. His main research focus is strategic planning, including sustainability flashpoints such as densification and the provision of transport mega infrastructure.

Body Balance, Pilates & Yoga

The classes listed below will be held on the beautiful grass area on Reid Oval adjacent Reid Library, which is heavily shaded and the surrounding area is beautifully landscaped.

The class will be approximately 50 minutes – 1 hour.

Classes available:
Tuesday 3 December –  7.30 am Body Balance
Wednesday 4 December – 7.30 am Yoga
Thursday 5 December – 7.30 am Pilates

Cost: $5.00 per class

SOAC Bike Ride

Join us on Thursday 5th December for a guided bike ride along the beautiful Perth foreshore.
Time: 7.30am – 8.15am
Location: Meet at Frasers Point
Cost: $10.00

Bike Hire
Bike hire available from $10.00, please contact Scott at  to organise your bike directly.

Women in Australasian Cities Research Network Lunch

Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Time: 12.15pm – 1.00pm
Location: Banquet Hall, UWA Club
Tickets: Complimentary for all full delegates and Thursday day registrants

This special lunch time event honors Women in Australasian Cities Research and is open to all SOAC participants. An eminent panel will discuss issues and challenges facing women at all stages of their research career, and there will be an opportunity to share and celebrate the achievements of our peers, students, and leaders.


Emeritus Prof Jean Hillier (RMIT)
Associate Prof Donna Houston (Macq Uni)
Dr Laura Crommelin (UNSW)

SOAC 2019 Conference Dinner

Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: The Lawns, UWA Club
Tickets: $100 per person

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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