Call for Abstracts - SUBMIT Full Paper

Instructions/Template for Paper Submission

Please hit the following link to see the full paper template  - SOAC 2017 Paper Instructions Template

FULL PAPERS DUE: 18th October 2017

Full papers are to be 5000 words (not including references).

Conference Themes: 

  • Economy – economic change and labour market outcomes of globalisation, land use pressures, changing employment locations.
  • Environment – sustainable development, environmental management and performance, natural resource management, limits to growth, air and water quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, impacts of consumption, natural resource uses, nature conservation, green-space.
  • Governance – taxation, provision of urban services, public policy formation, planning, urban government, citizenship and the democratic process.
  • Structure - metropolitan spatial structure, urban form, new development precincts, urban design, place-making, policy implications of development and land use trends.
  • Movement and Infrastructure transport, mobility, accessibility, communications and IT, and other urban infrastructure provision.
  • Housing and Social – people and place, population change and trends, migration, cultural inclusion, social polarisation, equity and disadvantage, housing issues, the healthy city, sport and recreation.
  • Health – public health and planning, healthy by design, community gardens, social inclusion, physical and mental wellbeing in urban environments.

Theme Chairs

  • Economy – Carl Grodach, QUT
  • Environment – Aysin Dedekorkut, Griffith University
  • Governance – Andrew Butt, La Trobe University
  • Structure – Joe Hurley, RMIT and Ian Woodcock, RMIT
  • Movement and Infrastructure – Carey Curtis, Curtin University
  • Housing and Social – Wendy Stone, Swinburne University and Hazel Easthope, UNSW
  • Health – Rebecca Bentley, University of Melbourne

Important Dates

  • Call for Abstracts opens - Now closed
  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions - Now closed
  • Abstract acceptance notifications - Now closed
  • Full Papers due for Peer Review - Now Closed

Abstracts Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must adhere to the following guidelines and must follow the template (which is provided online in the Oxford Abstracts Submission System for you to fill in):

  • Include a title of no more than 20 words an subtitle (optional) of no more than 15 words
  • Use minimal capitalisation of words and title and subtitle
  • Use Arial 11pt for abstract text
  • Please save the file with the surname of the author to whom the correspondence about the abstract will be sent.  If this author is submitting more than one abstract please save with the surname of the first two (or three) authors.

The system will prompt you to:

  • Include the titles, names of and institutions of all authors
  • Indicate the author(s) presenting the paper at the conference
  • Enter some brief biographical details
  • Indicate the concurrent session theme with which the paper best fits
  • Indicate whether you are a PhD Student
  • If you wish to collaborate on a themed session, please include up to 4 abstracts and title and author information required to link the papers.

Oxford Abstracts Submission System

Please read the following instructions on how to prepare your abstract and use the Oxford Abstracts Submission System to submit, edit or withdraw an abstract for the SOAC 2017 Conference.

Register as a user in the Oxford Abstract System

  • Click on the new submission link.  Create a new User ID.  The system will automatically prompt you with a message to register your details.
  •  Enter your name, surname and email and choose a password.
  • Enter any other personal information such as address, phone number, degrees etc
  • You will be sent an email confirming your password to access the abstract submission system.


  • Please remember that submitting an abstract does NOT automatically register you as a conference delegate.  Conference registration can be done online at a later date and is a separate address.
  • All communications about your abstract submission will be sent to the email address you submit.
  • We recommend that the User ID and email belong to the main author that will be presenting.

SUBMITTING FULL PAPER - Oxford Submission System

  • Please use the access to Oxford (email/password) that you set up when submitting your abstract.
  • Once you have gained access you will see your accepted abstract(s), click on the title and follow the prompts to upload your full paper.
  • Please ensure you complete the process and submit/finish before leaving the page.