Welcome to SOAC 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We take great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the 8th State of Australian Cities Conference, to be held in Adelaide from 28–30 November 2017.

We are delighted that SOAC is returning to Adelaide ten years after the highly-successful 2007 conference. We plan to retain some of the essential features of that earlier conference, including convenient city centre, campus-based venues, a high-level of collaboration in the organisation of the conference between the three South Australian universities and a dinner at the Adelaide Wine Centre. The principal conference venue will be the University of Adelaide campus on North Terrace, in the heart of the city, with other events taking place at the University of South Australia’s City West campus and at the Flinders University city campus in Victoria Square. Accommodation to suit all budgets is readily available within walking distance of the conference venues and Adelaide’s city centre also has free trams, buses and bikes. 

2017 looks like being a particularly interesting year in South Australia. A new 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide was approved in 2017 and has set a target of building 85% of all new housing in established urban areas, within a newly-defined urban growth boundary protecting  ‘Environment and Food Production Areas’. 2017 is also the year in which General Motors Holden, a mainstay of employment in the northern suburbs, will cease operations, one hundred years after Holden and Frost began making car bodies in the Adelaide city centre. And SOAC 2017 will take place in the run-up to a state election, in which the Labor Government, elected in 2002, will be seeking a fifth consecutive term of office.

As well as being the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Adelaide SOAC conference, 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the First Australian Town Planning and Housing Conference and Exhibition which also took place on North Terrace. We plan to commemorate this seminal event in Australian planning history in a number of ways in the course of the conference, including a public lecture and an exhibition.

We are conscious of the status that SOAC now enjoys as the pre-eminent conference on Australian urban research and we intend to maintain that status by retaining the full double-blind review process for all papers which has characterised the previous biennial conferences. We also intend to add the papers to the impressive collection of material from previous SOAC conferences which now exists at Australian Policy Online.

We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide in November 2017.

Stephen Hamnett
Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of South Australia
Conference Chair, SOAC 2017


Abstract submission - NOW CLOSED

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts Open
Now closed  

Abstract Submissions - NOW CLOSED
27 March 2017 

Abstracts in Review
31 March – 30 April 2017  

Notification to Authors
5 May 2017

Full Papers due for Review - Now extended
24 July 2017

Papers in Review
24 July – 11 September 2017

Notification to Authors
15 September 2017

Revised Papers Due
9 October 2017

Papers Programmed
16 October 2017

Local Organising Committee

Emeritus Professor Stephen Hamnett (Chair)
University of South Australia

Associate Professor Emma Baker
University of Adelaide

Dr Kathryn Davidson
University of South Australia

Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
University of South Australia

Dr Nicholas Holyoak
Flinders University

Professor Jon Kellett
University of Adelaide

Dr Jasmine Palmer (AECURN Rep)
University of South Australia

Dr Matthew Rofe
University of South Australia

Professor Rocco Zito
Flinders University

Meeting Secretariat

For further information, please contact the Meeting Manager:

Lara Birchby
The Meeting People Pty Ltd
PO Box 764, Mitcham SA 5062, AUS
T  +61 8 8177 2215
E  lara@themeetingpeople.com.au

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