Jay Weatherill MP LLB BEc GDLP
Jay Weatherill is South Australia’s 45th Premier.
Jay was born and educated in Adelaide’s western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School.
He is a lawyer with an economics degree. He established his own law firm in 1995 and practised until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006, 2010 and 2014.
He has previously held a range of senior Cabinet portfolios including Education, Early Childhood Development, Environment & Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business & Public Sector Management, Families & Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development & Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling.
Jay held additional portfolio responsibilities including Treasury, from January 2013 until the March 2014 election. Following the successful 2014 election, he was sworn in as Premier of South Australia on 26 March 2014.
Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.
Associate Professor Emma Baker
Associate Professor Emma Baker leads the Healthy Cities Research Group at the University of Adelaide. A geographer by training, her research is focused on the role of housing and residential location in improving health and wellbeing. Her work is intentionally interdisciplinary and collaborative, combining methods and understanding from econometrics, social epidemiology, architecture, geography and building science. Her recent published work includes a spatial analysis of urban densities, analyses of the effectiveness of housing affordability measures, a cross national comparison of the health effects of housing, and the construction of a national housing conditions data infrastructure. Her current ARC Future Fellowship is focused on the emerging issue of multiple housing problems and their effects on health and wellbeing.
Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley
Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley is a Principal Research Fellow in Social Epidemiology in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. She has a disciplinary background in psychology and epidemiology, and her current research involves understanding how housing affordability, location and conditions influence health, wellbeing and social outcomes; working with a range of organisations in Victoria to understand how local and regional environments shape active transport use; and collaborating nationally on the development of a housing conditions survey in Australia. Rebecca was awarded the Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2015 and currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship.
Professor Lars Coenen
Professor Coenen is an economic geographer and scholar in innovation studies. He joined the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, an initiative between the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne aimed at improving the city’s resilience to sustainability challenges. Prior to this, he was full professor at CIRCLE, the Centre for Innovation, Research, and Competence in the Learning Economy at Lund Universities, one of the world-leading interdisciplinary research centres in innovation studies. Here he was heading a research group dealing with innovation and sustainability transitions.
His research interests converge around the geography of innovation: Why is it that some regions and cities in the world stand out in their ability to foster and diffuse novelty? What explains this spatial concentration of innovation in an era of globalisation? How can regions and cities improve their capacity to innovate? In particular he is interested in addressing this broad set of questions on innovations related to pressing societal challenges such as climate change.
Professor Coenen is well-known internationally for his work on regional and urban innovation and, more recently, his pioneering research on the geography of environmental innovation and sustainability transitions. He is author of more than 30 scientific papers published in leading international journals such as Research Policy, Environment and Planning A and Economic Geography. His work has had considerable scientific impact with over 5000 citations in Scholar Google. Most of his research has been supported through competitive grants, financed e.g. by JPI Urban Europe, the European Framework 7 Program, the Swedish Energy Agency and Nordic Energy Research. During his time at CIRCLE in Sweden, Professor Coenen has been a frequent scientific advisor for the Swedish Innovation Agency, VINNOVA.
Dr Lyrian Daniel
Dr Lyrian Daniel is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Healthy Cities Research Group at The University of Adelaide. She was awarded her PhD with the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence in March 2016. With a background in architectural science, her PhD research sought to understand the thermal behaviours and preferences of households living in low-energy dwellings in Australia.
She is the most recent recipient of the Federal Ministers Award for Early Career Housing Researcher from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute for her work on housing affordability stress and relative material deprivation.
Her current research spans the architectural science and housing research fields to examine the impacts of Australia’s hidden cold housing phenomenon, incorporating issues of housing stress, energy poverty, housing conditions and national performance standards.
Professor Ralph Horne
Ralph Horne is Professor of Geography and focuses on social and policy change to support sustainable urban development, housing and households. The spatial, material and contingent social and policy structures at play are the main focus of his work on both the making and shaping of urban environments.
He is Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, and Director of the Cities Programme, the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.
Professor Chris Leishman
Professor Chris Leishman is a housing economist, and is Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Adelaide. Chris is currently an editor for the Urban Studies journal, and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Housing Studies journal. He has undertaken a large number of studies funded by UK central, devolved and local government departments, for third sector organisations including CRISIS and Centrepoint, and a range of academic funders including the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
He has led numerous consultancies for private sector firms, third and public sector organisations, and has published extensively in the economics of housing systems and markets, and subjects concerning the interface between individuals’ choices (behavioural analysis), and outcomes in the housing system. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to understanding the economics of new-build housing supply, the linkages between housing supply and housing affordability, and modelling the housing system as a complex interaction between demographic, housing, labour market, housing supply, and migratory dynamics.
As a new academic arrival in Australia, Chris is keen to develop his understanding of the economics of housing supply in the Australian context.
Brendan is the National President of the Planning Institute of Australia and Deputy Secretary – Growth, Design and Programs with the NSW Department for Planning and Environment. Prior to this, Brendan was Director – Asia Pacific at Hawksley Consulting, General Manager – Land Use Planning at Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Executive Director – Planning Services at the Department of Infrastructure and Planning Growth Management, Queensland.
Brendan has more than 20 years’ national and international experience in the private and public sector and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Griffith University) and Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning (with Distinction) from QUT. Brendan’s management of significant resilience projects saw him named Queensland Planner of the Year in 2011 and the inaugural Australian Planner of the Year in 2012 by PIA. He is a member of the American Planning Association and Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brendan is motivated by shaping strategic thinking in urban planning practice and has a proven ability to undertake complex planning projects with a focus on achieving and devising practical solutions. He is well known for his strong commitment to advancing and enhancing the quality of communities through clear, logical and participatory planning and stakeholder engagement. Brendan is a leading advocate for the importance of planning nationally.
Dr Libby Porter
Associate Professor Libby Porter is Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University.
Her work is principally about urban dispossession and displacement in different contexts, with a recent focus on the possessory politics of urban property rights. She is widely published on the fraught relationship between urban and environmental planning processes and Indigenous peoples. Her early work in Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning (Ashgate 2010), exposed planning as a significant force in settler-colonial processes of Indigenous dispossession. Her new book with Janice Barry, Planning for Co-existence? (Routledge 2016), examines the contemporary politics of Indigenous recognition of in planning systems in Canada and Australia. A forthcoming book, Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures (Routledge 2018) co-authored with Sue Jackson and Louise Johnson, rewrites the history and future of Australian urban planning and its relationship with Indigenous peoples.
Libby is also internationally known for her work on as a scholar-activist on the displacement effects of urban regeneration, the impacts of major sporting events on host cities, planning and sustainable urban regeneration, urban governance, and the politics of urban informality. Libby is Assistant Editor of the journal Planning Theory and Practice. She co-founded Planners Network UK, a progressive voice for radical planning in northern Europe and is an active member of Planners Network (North America) and the International Network of Urban Research and Action. She has taught planning, public policy and geography at the University of Birmingham, the University of Sheffield, the University of Glasgow and Monash University.
Libby Porter will be delivering the ‘Public City Lecture’ at SOAC 2017.
Professor John Spoehr
John Spoehr is Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute at Flinders University where he is a Strategic Professor. John has written extensively on economic and industry development, employment, unemployment and the socio-economic impact of change. He co-founded the Stretton Centre in partnership with the City of Playford, the Government of South Australia and the Australian Government.
John is playing a leading role in the establishment of the South Australian node of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. He is a regular commentator on economic and social issues and a columnist for The Adelaide Review. His most recent edited books include State of South Australia – from crisis to prosperity and The Engaging State – South Australia’s engagement with the Asia Pacific Region, both published by Wakefield Press.
Dr Karen Vella
Dr Karen Vella is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at Queensland University of Technology. Her research evaluates complex governance systems and aims to diagnose critical problems for policy reform.
She works closely with state, federal and local government agencies to institutionalise frameworks for more integrated and evidence-based decision making. She is particularly focused on building and integrating information about human dimensions (governance, social, and cultural factors) and social resilience into urban and environmental policy making. Though often neglected in policy deliberations, social assets are fundamental to on-the-ground implementation.
Dr Vella is heavily involved in the Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program. It underpins the Australian and Queensland government reporting to UNESCO over the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It will also underpin the revision of the two key bi-lateral plans – the Reef Long Term Sustainability Plan and the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. The reporting and plan review work includes a Human Dimensions Program for the fist time in the history of managing the GBR. This has been a hard fought outcome spanning 15+ years of framework development, peer review, partnership development, and persistent campaigning.
She has also helped shape urban and regional sustainability planning and policy for climate mitigation and adaptation, natural resource management, and duty of care frameworks for urban and regional development.