Keynote Speakers


Associate Professor Hazel Easthope

Associate Professor, City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Hazel Easthope is an Associate Professor at the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She holds a prestigious UNSW Scientia Research Fellowship and is the UNSW Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Centre Director. Hazel has qualifications in sociology and human geography and researches in the areas of urban studies and housing.

Her current research focuses on urban consolidation and the development, management, governance and planning implications of apartment buildings and estates and the lived experiences of their residents. She is a leading researcher in this field, and is regularly consulted by industry, government and peak body organisations in Australia and internationally. Underpinning her research is a deep concern with how to enable people to feel at home in the places where they live.

Adrian Fini

Director of FJM Property Pty Ltd and Fini Group Pty Ltd

Adrian Fini is Director of FJM Property Pty Ltd and Fini Group Pty Ltd, private property and investment groups.

He has been involved in the Perth property industry for over 30 years.

Adrian is a current Board member of the University of Western Australia Business School Board, the Perth Festival and a member of the Venice Biennale Commissioner’s Council.  He was awarded an OAM for his contributions to the arts in 2014.

Professor Christopher Pettit

Inaugural Professor, Urban Science, Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Chris Pettit is the inaugural professor of Urban Science and Associate Director of the City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. Prof Pettit recently (2018) established the Master of City Analytics Program at UNSW, the first of its kinds in Australia and one of only a handful of courses in the world which is focused on  upskilling the next generation of practitioners and policy-makers with the ability to work with data-driven approaches for understanding the inherent complexity of the city. https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/degrees/postgraduate-coursework/master-of-city-analytics.

Prof Pettit also recently (2018) established the  City Analytics Lab (CAL), a dedicated space designed to support collaborative city planning and user-centred design https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/content/city-analytics-lab. In the last few years he been an investigator on a number of ARC, CRC and Industry projects including Chief Investigator on the Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer Toolkit and more recently – “Value Australia – Sharpening our land and property decisions with Artificial Intelligence”.

Prof Pettit’s expertise is in the convergence of the fields of city planning and digital technologies including Geographical Information Sciences (GIS). He has given numerous keynote addresses at conferences around the world and has published more than 200 peer reviewed papers. For the last 25 years, he has been undertaking research and development in the use of digital planning tools to support the envisioning of future city scenarios. His research expertise also spans into applications, development and the evaluation of geographical visualization tools including, advanced spatial decision support systems and city dashboards. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of CUPUM (Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management) and on the International Advisory Board for the “Geo for all” initiative.


Assoc Prof Wendy Steele

Associate Professor, Cities, Sustainability and Planning, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR), RMIT University

Wendy Steele is an Associate Professor in Cities, Sustainability and Planning co-located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) and the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on wild cities in a climate of change with current projects on critical infrastructure, climate adaptation at the local scale, metropolitan governance, and new directions in planning theory. She is the co-convenor of the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Geography Study Group (IAG-USG), co-convenor of the Critical Urban Governance Research Program at RMIT and sits on the international editorial board for the Urban Policy and Research and Sustainability journals. She was a previous recipient of the Peter Harrison Memorial Award (2009).


Prof. Oren Yiftachel

Visiting Leverhulme Professor, Dept. of Geography and DPU, University College London; Department of Geography and Environmental Development’ Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Chair in Urban Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

Oren Yiftachel is a professor of urban studies and political and legal geography at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba and is a Leverhulme Professor at University College London. Yiftachel holds the Hurst Family Chair for Urban Studies at Ben-Gurion University. Yiftachel graduated from Australian and Israeli universities, and has taught and researched at a range of international bodies including RMIT and Curtin Universities in Australia, Columbia, Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania, University of Cape Town and Ca-Foscari University of Venice… His research has focused on critical understandings of the relations between space, power and conflict. He has published over 100 articles and ten authored and edited books, including Urban and Regional Planning in Western Australia (1992, with Dave Hedgcock; Paradigm Press); Planning as Control: Policy and Resistance in Divided Societies (Pergamon, 1995); Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine (Penn 2006); Indigenous (in) Justice (Harvard, 2012) and Emptied Lands: Legal Geography of Bedouins in the Negev (2018 Stanford rights and civil society organizations, including CityVision and Fringedwellers (Perth), the RCUV — council for unrecognized Bedouin villages, “Adva” – Centre for social equality (Israel), and as the chair of B’Tselem – monitoring human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories. Recently, he founded with colleagues a new decolonizing peace movement for Israel/Palestine – “A Land for all — two states, one homeland”.

Invited Speakers


Elizabeth Adamczyk, AECURN Representative

University of Newcastle
Centres for Urban and Regional Studies


Elizabeth Adamczyk is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. She is affiliated with the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURs), a research Centre that focuses on the complex questions around how cities as dynamic spaces both mirror and mould social, cultural, political-economic and environmental processes. As National Co-Chair of AECURN (the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network) she is committed to building connectivity within and to the network, and increasing the strength of fellow Early Career Researchers in urban dialogues.


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.

Dr Courtney Babb

Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University

Dr Courtney Babb is a lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University. His teaching areas include transport planning, participatory planning, urban regeneration and research methods for planners. His research focuses on land use and transport relationships; the governance of placemaking and urban regeneration; and institutional dynamics in the planning for and production of urban places.


Marion Fulker

Chief Executive, Committee for Perth

Marion is the Chief Executive of the Committee for Perth, a private sector funded think tank focused on Perth’s growth to 3.5 million people. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA). Marion holds an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business.

As an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia, Marion is recognised for her on the ground research having studied more than 30 cities across the developed world. Marion’s focus has been on infrastructure, urban development and governance.

She is the Chair of the Conservation & Parks Commission and the immediate past Chair of the Heritage Council of Western Australia. Marion has served as an independent member of the WAPC’s Infrastructure Coordinating Committee, been a member of Infrastructure Australia’s Cities Expert Reference Group and Water Corporation’s Water Sensitive Cities Expert Panel.

Marion is a mentor, coach and confidant to a wide array of people in government, the not for profit sector and the business community.

In 2015, Marion was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and in 2016 was the winner of the WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year in the For Purpose & Social Enterprise category. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year awards program and was presented with the Judges’ Award by the Heritage Council of Western Australia.


Sean Henriques

Executive General Manager, Redevelopment Operations

In the role of Executive General Manager, Redevelopment Operations, Sean plays a central role in the transformation and renewal of metropolitan Perth.

In his former role as executive director of project delivery and acting CEO at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (now DevelopmentWA), he was responsible for overseeing planning and delivery of urban regeneration projects including Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link, Yagan Square and the Scarborough foreshore along with the continued redevelopment of East Perth, Midland, Armadale and the redevelopment of Subiaco stadium.

With more than 20 years of experience across a range of industries in the private and public sector, his focus has largely been around the implementation of strategic business change initiatives and major transformational projects in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Sean is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Dr Crystal Legacy

Senior Lecturer, Urban Planning, University of Melbourne
Deputy Director of the Informal Urbanism Research Hub, University of Melbourne

Crystal Legacy is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne where she is also the Deputy Director of the Informal Urbanism Research Hub. As a former recipient of an ARC DECRA, Crystal has published widely on the topic of urban transport politics and the post-political city. Her current research examines the governance and policy challenges of planning future urban transport, and the politics of citizen participation in infrastructure planning. Crystal was the inaugural co-chair of the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) and she is on the Editorial Board of the journals Planning Theory and Practice and Urban Policy and Research.


Dr Tony Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Urban & Environmental Planning, School of Environment & Science | Cities Research Institute, Griffith University

Dr Tony Matthews (@drtonymatthews) is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning at Griffith University. Tony’s research interests focus on urban disruptions and their implications now and into the future. Through this lens he researches the role and function of green infrastructure in climate change adaptation, managing climate change impacts in urban systems through planning, and transformative change processes led by formal and informal networks. Tony developed and co-presented ‘The Urban Squeeze’, the award-winning urban affairs radio program that ran for two seasons on ABC Radio. He is a founder member of the Urban Broadcast Collective (@urbanpodcasts) podcast network, as well an Ambassador for Planet Ark, one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations.


Prof Peter Newman

John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He has written 20 books and over 340 papers on sustainable cities. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy ‘Cities and Automobile Dependence (1989) has been described as ‘one of the most influential planning books of all time’ by Reid Ewing Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah.  In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councilor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and the Prime Minister’s Cities Reference Group. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, is a Lead Author for the IPCC on a new study for accelerating a zero carbon future and his latest book is Resilient Cities: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence. He is the 2018/19 WA Scientist of the Year.


Tanya Steinbeck

Chief Executive Officer, Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA)

Tanya has a wealth of property development industry experience in WA across the private, government and peak body sectors. She has worked in various communications, project and management roles for over 20 years.

Tanya currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Urban Development Institute of Australia in WA (UDIA WA) where she leads a strong team representing the development industry.

Tanya uses her expertise to focus on working collaboratively with government and other stakeholders to achieve a policy environment that enables industry to effectively deliver smart, sustainable and liveable communities.

She was previously Executive Director of Regional Services Reform and Transformation at the Department of Communities. Prior to that, Tanya led the successful implementation of the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package.

Tanya has also worked for over six years with large listed property developers, Stockland and Mirvac after seven years at the Property Council of Australia (WA).

In December 2016, Tanya was announced as the inaugural winner of the UDIA WA Women in Leadership Award. The award recognises her personal and professional contribution to the development industry over the last 20 years.

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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