The SOAC Conference Committee together with the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) is pleased to present the 2021 SOAC PhD Symposium.  


Running since 2013, the Symposium brings together PhD candidates from across Australasia and connects them with senior and early-career urban studies academics who mentor them over the course of the workshop. 


Given the current COVID context, please note

that the PhD Symposium will now be delivered in two parts:


Half day workshop, delivered online, across 28-29 November 2021.


This workshop aims to give you an opportunity to present your thesis and seek feedback from the peers and mentors within your assigned groups. Furthermore, the workshop also aims to be a collegial space where you will have an opportunity to get to know your mentors and other candidates within your group. 


Given the importance of having a face to face event, we will be hosting a 2.5 day workshop during mid 2022 (dates pending) in Victoria - which everyone is invited to participate in.

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions

Now Closed

PhD Symposium

28-29 November 2021

SOAC Conference
1-3 December 2021

Workshop Aim 

We invite all PhD candidates conducting urban research to join us at the workshop. This includes a diverse range of disciplines concerned with the present and future state of our cities: such as urban governance, environmental sustainability, social justice, transport planning, housing, health and liveability, economics, spatial and urban design, smart cities, creative practices, and anything which might impact our cities. We also encourage proposals from candidates with diverse backgrounds that highlight marginalised perspectives and narratives. 


This workshop is ideal for PhD candidates in their first and second year with a confirmed research proposal or nearing their confirmation milestone. It aims to be a collegial space for PhD candidates to discuss and refine their research project and receive feedback from peers, early career academics, and senior colleagues. The intention is to foster connections across the diverse PhD community within Australasia.