Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Plenary Panel 1
How can we Create Cities that Lessen Socio-Spatial Disparities?

Prof Fran Baum
Public Health, Flinders University
Fran Baum is Professor of Public Health and an ARC Federation Fellow at Flinders University, Adelaide. She is also Foundation Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity & the South Australian Community Health Research Unit. She is Co-Chair of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement – a global network of health activist (www.phmovement.orgDescription: External Link (Will open in a new window)). She also served as a Commissioner on the World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health from 2005-08. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science and of the Australian Health Promotion Association. She is a past National President and Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia.

Fran Baum is one of Australia's leading researchers on the social and economic determinants of health. She holds grants from the NH&MRC and the ARC which are considering aspects of health inequities and social capital, neighbourhoods and work. She has been involved in the Australian and International Healthy Cities Movement and from 2005-2009 was a program leader with the Co-operative Research Centre in Aboriginal Health. Her book, The New Public Health (3rd edition 2008 Oxford University Press) is widely used as a public health text.

Assoc Prof Robyn Dowling
Geography, Macquarie University
Robyn Dowling is an urban and cultural geographer at Macquarie University. Her primary research interests are in cultures of cities, and in particular the ways gender and class identities overlap in the everyday lives of urban residents. She has a special interest in everyday life in Australian cities. She has previously completed ARC-funded research on the nature of 'home' in contemporary Sydney, using qualitative research with householders in suburban Sydney to outline people's creations of style, fashion, home and family. This material forms part of her recently published book 'Home' (Routledge), co-authored with Professor Alison Blunt of the University of London. More recently her research, in collaboration with Professor Pauline McGuirk of the University of Newcastle explores the contours of privatisation and privatism in residential life in Sydney's master-planned estates and demonstrates the changing governance processes in Australian cities and the ways 'community' is drawn upon and constructed through these processes. Her work appears in a diversity of national and international journals including Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A, Cities, Political Geography, Asia Pacific Viewpoint and Urban Policy and Research. She is also a section editor of the forthcoming International Encylcopedia of Housing and Home (Elsevier, 2011).

Prof Brendan Gleeson
National University of Ireland
Brendan Gleeson is Deputy Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland.

His research interests include urban planning and governance, urban social policy, disability studies, and environmental theory and policy.

He has authored, co-authored and co-edited several books and has written numerous opinion pieces for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier-Mail and the Canberra Times. He is co-author (with Nicholas Low) of Justice, Society and Nature: an Exploration of Political Ecology (1998), which received the prestigious Harold and Margaret Sprout award in 1999 from the International Studies Association. In 2006 Gleeson's Australian Heartlands: Making Space for Hope in the Suburbs won the inaugural John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues.

Professor Gleeson has worked professionally in a range of countries, including Britain, Germany, New Zealand, the USA and Australia. He has most recently been appointed as a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Brendan Gleeson's 2010 publications include; an edited volume A Climate for Growth: Planning South-East Queensland and a solo book Lifeboat Cities.

Dr Kurt Iveson
Geography, University of Sydney
Kurt Iveson is an urban geographer at the University of Sydney. His research is primarily focused on the question of how cities can be made more just and equitable, with a particular interest in what it means to work for the 'public good' in cities characterised by diverse publics. He is author of Publics and the City (Blackwell, 2007), co-author of Planning and Diversity in the City: Redistribution, Recognition and Encounter (Palgrave 2008), and his work has also appeared in a variety of national and international academic journals. Kurt previously held a post at the University of Durham (2000-2004), and has a PhD in Urban Research from the Australian National University (2001). Before moving into academia, Kurt worked for several years in the community-based youth sector.

Plenary Panel 2
What Kinds of Urban Intensification are Best for Australian Cities?

Prof Graeme Davison
History, Monash University
Graeme Davison is a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, Monash University. He has written widely on Australian history and urban affairs. His books include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne (1978, revised edition 2004) and Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities (2004). Other books include The Unforgiving Minute: How Australia learned to Tell the Time (1994), The Use and Abuse of Australian History (2000) and, as co-editor, The Oxford Companion to Australian History (1998) and A Heritage Handbook (1990). He is currently writing a history of Monash University and a collection of essays on intellectuals and Australian urban life.

Prof Billie Giles-Corti
Public Health, University of Melbourne
Professor Billie Giles-Corti was until recently Director of the Centre for the Built Environment and Health at the School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. For more than a decade, she and a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and post-graduate research students at UWA have been studying the impact of the built environment on health, social and health behavior outcomes including walking, cycling, public transport use, overweight and obesity, social capital and dog walking. A leading public health researcher in Australia and recognized internationally for her research on the health impacts of the built form, Professor Giles-Corti serves on numerous international, national and state committees and boards. She publishes across five fields (population health, sports science, geography, sustainability, landscape architecture) and has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, six book chapters and 73 government and NGO technical reports. In the last six years, she has been a CI on grants totaling A$7.9 million and has given 27 international and national invited presentations. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University and in July 2011, takes up a position as Director of the McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing.

Prof Kim Dovey
Architecture, University of Melbourne
Kim Dovey is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has long researched social issues in architecture and urban design mostly focused on understandings of ‘place’ at a range of scales and types. Recent books include ‘Framing Places’ (Routledge 2nd ed 2008) , ‘Fluid City’ (Routledge 2005) and Becoming Places (Routledge 2010). He leads research projects on urban intensification, creative cities and informal settlements. Theoretical interests include understanding urban places as complex, resilient and self-adaptive assemblages.

Prof Richard Weller
Landscape Architecture, University of Western Australia
Richard Weller is Winthrop Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Director of the Urban Design Centre of Western Australia. He received excellence in teaching awards from the UWA in 2003 and 2010. In over 25 years of design practice Professor Weller has received a consistent stream of international, design competition awards; he has published over 70 papers and given well over a hundred invited lectures including in the best design schools in Zurich, Florence, Rome, Paris, London, Beijing and Shanghai and in every school in Australia. His design work has been widely exhibited including in a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (1998) and published as a monograph by the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Press in 2005. Professor Weller’s recent planning work has been published by the UWA Press in 2009 under the title of ‘Boomtown 2050’: Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City. Richard’s current research concerns urban growth scenarios to meet Australia’s predicted mid-century population growth and he is a lead consultant for the new Perth waterfront development.

Plenary Panel 3
Will Metropolitan Governance Help or Harm Australian Cities

Jeremy Dawkins
Planning, University of Technology Sydney
Jeremy Dawkins recently completed a five year term as executive Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission and now writes, researches and practices planning in Sydney, where he is the honorary coordinator of the Governing Sydney Project at the UTS Centre for Local Government, and leads an international team investigating rapid urbanisation for the Philips Center for Health and Wellbeing. He has qualifications in urban planning, science and higher education.

In the 1980s he led the transformation of the historic port city of Fremantle in Western Australia, through innovative planning strategies and policies and projects in urban design, revitalisation and conservation. He was the Western Australian Commissioner on the Australian Heritage Commission and deputy member of the Western Australian Town Planning Appeal Tribunal. In Sydney in the 1990s he founded and directed the postgraduate urban planning program at the University of Technology Sydney and was Chair of the Total Environment Centre, founding Convenor of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools and independent expert member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the principal planning authority for the City of Sydney. Subsequently he was Sydney Harbour Manager, convenor of the Centre for Sydney at the University of NSW and Associate Professor in Urban Management at the University of Canberra.

Jane-Frances Kelly
Grattan Institute
Since 2009, Jane-Frances has been Cities Program Director at the Grattan Institute, an independent public policy think tank.

Since moving to Australia in 2004, Jane-Frances has worked as a senior adviser to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Boston Consulting Group, the Vice-Chancellor at Melbourne University, the Chief Commissioner at Victoria Police, and the Victorian and Queensland Premier’s Departments. She played a central role in the 2020 Summit, and has also spent two midwinters working with Noel Pearson.

Previous to this, Jane-Frances worked at the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, where she led the team which produced the first UK Government’s Strategic Audit. She has returned to work in the UK on several occasions, most recently from March-May 2009.

Other experience includes three years living in Prague, where she worked in the nascent Czech NGO sector, focusing on civil society development. Jane-Frances holds degrees from Oxford, the Wharton School, and Princeton.

Prof Pauline McGuirk
Geography, University of Newcastle
Pauline McGuirk is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests are in urban political geography, specialising in urban governance, its geographies and its changing forms. Her recent work has involved critical investigations of transformations in Sydney’s governance as it has emerged as a global city-region, and on new forms of governance associated with the emergence of residential master-planned estates. In new research, she is investigating the importance of urban actors’ and urban-based initiatives in the governance of carbon. She had made significant national and regional policy contributions, both through collaborative work with state government agencies, and through participation in the Urban 45 initiative. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), University of Glasgow, Durham University, Bristol University and University of British Columbia. She is a fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers and the Geographical Society of New South Wales.

Dr Marcus Spiller
SGS Economics and Planning
Dr Marcus Spiller is a Director of SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd. His consulting experience spans land economics, regional development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and policy co-ordination systems. He has taken up secondments as lecturer in urban economics at Melbourne University, adviser to the Minister for Planning and Housing in Victoria and senior executive in the Queensland Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning. He is an Adjunct Professor in Urban Management at the University of Canberra, a former member of the National Housing Supply Council and a former National President of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Closing Session

Prof Jean Hillier
RMIT University
Jean Hillier was Professor of Town and Country Planning at Newcastle University, UK until May 2011 when she moved to RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia as Associate Dean in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning. Jean’s research interests include strategic planning in conditions of uncertainty, with an emphasis on issues of adaptability and resilience. She is an Editor of the international journal Planning Theory. Recent books include Conceptual Challenges for Planning Theory (2010) edited with Patsy Healey, Planning in Ten Words or Less (2009) with Michael Gunder, Critical Essays in Planning Theory, 3 Vols (2008) edited with Patsy Healey, and Stretching Beyond the Horizon: a multiplanar theory of spatial planning and governance (2007).