We have been delighted by the positive response to the call for abstracts.

All authors have been notified of the outcome of their abstract submissions via email.

Please contact us at contact@soac2021.com if you have any queries.  

On behalf of the State of Australasian Cities (SOAC) 2021 Organising Committee and ACRN, we invite you to SOAC 2021.  In 2021 the SOAC Conference will be held in Melbourne and is hosted collaboratively by RMIT University, Monash University, Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne.  


With vaccinations being rolled out internationally, the world is looking to the COVID recovery phase, whilst simultaneously grappling with the ongoing impacts of climate change and the urgency of a post-carbon transition. Within this context questions of equitable just recoveries for Australasian cities are being debated, among ongoing social, economic and environmental transformations that are spatially and socially differentiated. 


Urban scholarship and policy practices have struggled to keep up with the changes pressing upon and emanating from Australasian cities, either before or during COVID. Experiences of climate change, unsettled coloniality, declining housing affordability, employment restructuring, democratic irruption, digital disruption, rewilding nature, contested social and cultural identities, upscaling disasters, and emergent infrastructure fragilities, among other urban and regional reconfigurations, have deepened, and in some cases revealed new urban challenges and fissures. 

New research is urgently needed that records and appraises processes and dynamics of urban and regional change and the human (and non-human) experiences of these. Yet scientific questions have also emerged around discontinuous urban data, conducting fieldwork under distancing regimes, or simply how to engage effectively and with impact among shifting constraints and uncertainties. Such questions are also set among the shocks to the university sector of staff and funding cuts raising questions about precarity, security of tenure and freedom to speak.  

SOAC 2021 will focus on urban and regional transitions in the COVID recovery era to report and appraise the social, spatial, and economic consequences for equity, inclusion and justice. The conference aims to connect these questions to urban practice and inform more robust policy and public discussions about the emerging new futures of Australasian cities and regions. 

Conference Co-Convenors

Jago Dodson
Jago Dodson

Professor Jago Dodson Director of the Centre for Urban Research

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Wendy Steele
Wendy Steele

Associate Professor Wendy Steele RMIT Centre for Urban Research

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Conference Tracks

City Economics and Economies  

Track Chairs: Carl Grodach, Declan Martin 

City and Nature

Track chairs: Niki Frantzeskaki, Judy Bush  

City Health and Liveability 

Track Chairs: Takemi Sugiyama, Melanie Lowe 

City Movement and Infrastructure 

Track Chairs: Crystal Legacy, Laura Aston, Elizabeth Taylor  

Urban Social and Housing  

Track Chairs: Ilan Wiesel, Wendy Stone, Karien Dekker, Kate Raynor 

City Governance 

Track Chairs: Andrew Butt, Alan March, Annette Kroen, Alexandre Faustino 

Reckoning with settler colonial cities 

Track Chairs: Libby Porter, Lara Daley, Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, Michele Lobo, Jamal Nabulsi 

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Further Information

PhD Symposium  

A PhD Symposium will be held in Melbourne from 28-29 November, just prior to the main SOAC event.  

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Given the current COVID context we are planning for an online only conference and our registration page reflects this. However, if the circumstances and government regulations should change to allow for a hybrid conference, we will provide details of a supplementary registration fee for those able and interested in attending the conference in person at RMIT University in Melbourne. 

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