Our Sponsors

The State of Australian Cities National Conference 2015 would like to thanks it’s supporters.


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The Urban Research Program (URP) seeks to lead Australia’s effort to improve understanding of urbanisation and urban questions in their full historical, economic, spatial, social, environmental and institutional contexts.
Established in 2004 as a Griffith University strategic research and community engagement initiative the URP has grown to be among the largest dedicated urban research groupings in Australia.
Our multi-disciplinary research seeks to produce new knowledge for scholarly, policy, practitioner and community spheres so they can respond to the ongoing transformation of our cities and regions and engender equitable and sustainable urban development.
Our perspective is deliberately multidisciplinary with our team of leading researchers working across four inter-linked Research Groupings that cluster our key research strengths and specialties:
• Architecture and Urban Design
• Urban Planning
• Transport Planning
• Resilient Communities and Environments
As a body of scholars we welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues, students, policy makers, political representatives, communities and the media to improve national and global understanding of urban problems.

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The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was established as one of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s flagship research concentrations in September 2007. Our research is focused on the interactions between society and environment. Our research is transdisciplinary but with a particular expertise in the social sciences. Through this focus, we make contributions to knowledge in the areas of:

· sustainability science
· resilience
· vulnerability
· adaptive capacity
· social learning
· social capital
· adaptive management
· natural resource governance
· Indigenous knowledge
· community livelihoods

Our focus areas can be applied to a range of sustainability issues such as climate change adaptation, coastal management, and water governance (recognised as significant at local through to international scales)—in this way we address on-the-ground concerns of society and the environment.

City Futures Research Centre Conference Supporter

Based at the Faculty of the Built Environment UNSW since 2005, the City Futures Research Centre has developed into a national leader in scholarly applied urban research, playing a central role in UNSW’s top rating in urban and regional planning in the 2012 ERA. Spanning the interrelated fields of urban planning, housing, development and social policy, the Centre aims to advance understanding of Australia’s cities, their people, their growth management policies and the economic and wellbeing impacts of urban change.

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The University of Queensland’s School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is working on practical solutions for the big issues affecting physical environments: climate change, urbanisation, population growth, conservation, and natural resource management.
Our integrated teams of physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts and urban planners are generating new knowledge and opportunities for further discovery.
This multi-disciplinary approach distinguishes the School in the Australian context and boosts our international reputation for innovation.
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QUT is a leading Australian university with a global outlook. Based in Brisbane with some 47 000 students, QUT is ranked by UK’s Times Higher Education as Queensland’s top university under 50 years old and is the nation’s fastest growing research university.
Our courses, offered across six faculties and three campuses, are in high demand. Our graduates include seven Rhodes Scholars, four of these in the past five years.
We're well known as 'a university for the real world' because of our close links with industry, our relevant teaching and applied research.

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Urban Policy and Research is an international journal published by Taylor and Francis, one of the world's largest academic publishers. It is dedicated to the publication of refereed articles - full papers and practice reviews - in English in the field of urban studies and urban policy for those with an interest in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. The scope of the journal is international in two senses: it presents to a worldwide readership a view of the urban policies of particular countries; and it encourages dialogue among researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the region. Urban Policy and Research seeks to develop better links between theoretical and empirical research, and practice. It seeks to stimulate informed debate about urbanisation and urban problems by publishing material from a wide range of theoretical and research approaches that address issues including urban economics, community development, urban governance, and analyses of socio-economic and spatial change. Articles in the journal address relevant policy analysis, planning matters, housing, transport and other related issues.

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The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) combines the strengths of the four Australian Learned Academies: Australian Academy of Science, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Academy of the Humanities and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
By providing a forum that brings together great minds, broad perspectives and knowledge, ACOLA is the nexus for evidence-based interdisciplinary research in support of public policy-making.
ACOLA receives Australian Government funding from the Australian Research Council and the Department of Education& Training.

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AURIN is a national collaboration delivering e-research infrastructure to empower better decisions for Australia’s urban settlements and their future development. Funded by the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund, and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, the $26 million AURIN initiative has built an e-research infrastructure to enable better understanding of the current state of Australia’s cities and towns and to meet the challenges they face. Led by The University of Melbourne, AURIN collaborates with more than 60 institutions and data providers across Australia. The AURIN Workbench and its flagship application, the AURIN Portal, is delivering access to diverse data from multiple sources, and is facilitating data integration and data interrogation using open source e-research tools. This generates meaningful knowledge – urban intelligence – the evidence base for informed decisions for the smart growth and the sustainable development of Australia’s cities and towns.

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The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct is a vibrant world-renowned community of ideas, life and innovation.
Already home to the $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital, expanding Griffith University, Gold Coast Private Hospital and research and allied medical facilities, the precinct is an integrated and collaborative location for learning, research, knowledge creation and the commercialisation of newly developed technology.
The Future is Here.

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The University of Sydney launched Australia’s first urban and regional planning program and today undertakes research and postgraduate teaching across urban planning, housing, health, regional policy and international studies. In addition to its core research groups, the Urban HousingLab and the Informal Urbanism Research Hub, the annual Festival of Urbanism (held in partnership with the Henry Halloran Trust) engages with practice, government and fellow academics to explore contemporary issues and urban debates.

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Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, PIA is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities.
Our vision is Leading effective planning for people and places.
PIA believes in the power of planning to shape our world. Planning supports our everyday life; connecting us with places to live, to work, to study and to play. It supplies us with clean water and air; with energy to power our lives; and with food to nourish our bodies. Planning is the tool that creates places that we love and that nurture us now and into the future. Planning matters.

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The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities - Green Star.