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Event – Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 1 – 6 July 2007

Posted in Events, Research by Ferne Edwards on May 4th, 2007

The annual conference of the Institute of Australian Geographers in 2007 will be hosted by geographers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University from 1 to 6 July in Melbourne, Victoria. The field of contemporary geography offers an insightful perspective into urban sustainability issues. Themes that relate to  the topic of sustainable cities include:

  • Critical political ecology and hybrid geographies – explores the ways in which attention to the non-human—animals, plants, water, machines, etc—can enrich political ecology debates.
  • The Environmental Impacts of Tourism and Recreation – looks at how such examples as the 2000 Olympics as a ‘Green Games’ generated a varied and growing set of human impacts upon the environment from the contribution of air travel to climate change to littering.
  • Urban planning and sustainability – many Australian capital cities and other major urban centres have continued to experience strong population growth and development pressures in the first decade of the 21st century, whilst attempting to cope with the environmental, social and economic legacy of planning strategies implemented in earlier times. This session will focus on the sustainability of urban centres in Australia and the attempts to create a viable, long-term future for them.
  • Remaking centrality: the shape of cities to come? – urban geographers have long sought to explain the power of central places in the constitution of modern economies and societies. In once industrial cities, central spaces have become conserved ‘urban villages, whilst other sections have witnessed a reemphasizing of centrality through policy initiatives that promote densification, high-rise building, and infill. This session explores questions such as what role does centrality play in North Americas edge cities, Chinas urban villages, and Europes hub-and-spoke rail commuter urbanism? How significant is territorial propinquity, agglomeration and clustering as opposed to a relational urbanism based on fast network connectivity? And do models and concepts of these different urban spaces have relevance to Australian urbanism?
  • Contemporary Geographies of Urban Australia – contemporary urban landscapes are increasingly complex and dynamic. In particular, our cities and urban areas have become strategic sites through which to explore contemporary Australia and its connections to broader global networks and transnational flows of people, capital and culture.

For more information about the 2007 Institute of Austalian Geographers conference, please visit their website.

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