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Organising Committee


Program Committee Convenors:

The Committee also acknowledges the support of other members of the Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network and, in particular, Professor Patrick Troy, Professor Brendan Gleeson, Professor Ruth Fincher and Professor Bill Randolph.


The conference will be an academically focused national conference on Australian urban issues. The SOAC Conference was initially launched at Parramatta in 2003, followed by the second conference in Brisbane in 2005, and Adelaide in 2007. In a period when Australian cities have undergone substantial change the SOAC conference series offers the main academic gathering to explore the processes and outcomes of these changes and their policy implications.

The Conference has five broad aims:

The conference aims to provide a focus for new urban scholarship and will aim to bring together the most prominent academics working in this area in Australia together with new researchers and others – policy makers and practitioners – who are interested in the Australian city.

The principal intention is to lead to a dialogue between leading researchers on the state of Australian cities and where they might be headed. The conference is designed to lead to a better understanding of the research needs of Australian cities and to provide those in the public and private sectors with a better appreciation of the current state and capacities of researchers.

Conference Themes and Key Persons

The Conference will focus on the contemporary form and structure of Australian cities.

The conference proceedings will be grouped into six key sub-themes, each the focus of one of more conference sessions:

Paper Review Process

Papers to the 3rd State of Australian Cities Conference 2007 (SOAC 2007) were produced through a process of integrated peer review.

Conference proposal abstracts were reviewed by members of one of six conference theme panels. Each panel comprised noted scholars from a range of disciplines and regions grouped around a substantive area of urban research. In addition to deciding which abstracts to accept, panels also offered advice on how potential papers could be improved. The Chairs of each theme panel provided a summary of comments made by the panel on each of the reviewed proposals. Those not selected were given an explanation of the panel decision.

Submitted papers were then refereed by members of the relevant theme panel before final acceptance, acceptance subject to modification, or rejection.

Final papers were checked by the Conference Academic Sub-Committee as having met the referees’ requirements, before being cleared for presentation and publication on the conference CD.

The conference organizers also offered the opportunity for authors to submit papers which would not go through the full peer review process. This opportunity was intended, in particular, for early career researchers or others to submit papers describing work in progress. 15 papers of this sort were accepted and they are clearly distinguished by an asterisk in the list of contents.

There were originally 147 abstracts proposed, 143 were invited to submit papers and 107 papers were finally published.

Responsibility for the content of these papers rests upon the authors.

SOAC 2007 is jointly hosted by the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. sponsors