This is a must attend event – Join us in the Gold Coast for SOAC 2015!
We look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast!
From the iconic Surfers Paradise beach to the dining precincts of Main Beach and Broadbeach and out to the lush, green hinterland, there’s a new experience waiting for you at every turn on the Gold Coast.


Now that the dust has settled on SOAC 2015 I wanted to thank everyone who participated – from the Organising Committee and Theme Leaders to all speakers and other attendees, as well as Renee and Jenna from Leishman Associates and to all of our sponsors. I believe the conference was a success and also that successful conferences are those that combine intellectual stimulation with the chance to hang out and have fun with old and new friends. I was particularly impressed at the dance floor moves of many renowned urban scholars and at those who are still building their reputations in both arenas.
The adaptability of everyone in the face of climate variability (OK, a predicted Queensland summer storm) on the evening of the conference dinner was commendable and on the morning after it was most interesting to learn more of the policy ambitions of both the Federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment and the new Queensland Transport Minister.
We have virtually all of the presented papers in their final format and will make available the full conference proceedings early in the new year. As we announced at the conference, you can now access all of the previous SOAC proceedings via the APO website at:

We will also circulate as soon as possible some publishers’ special offers on books and journals that relate to the conference themes.
Finally, I trust that presentations you heard and conversations you had at SOAC this year will provoke you to make new contributions to Australian urban scholarship and to current urban policy debates. In the meantime, have a great break and see you in Adelaide for SOAC 2017, if not before.
Paul Burton, Griffith University & Chair of the SOAC 2015 Organising Committee.

Paul Burton
SOAC 2015 Organising Committee Chair

Key Dates
Abstract Submissions CLOSED
Abstracts in Review 30 March – 30 April 2015
Notification to Authors 11 May 2015
Full Papers due for Review 15 July 2015
Papers in Review 17 July – 12 October 2015
Revised Papers to Authors 12 October 2015
Early Bird Registration Close 21 August 2015
Final Paper Due for Publication 20 October 2015