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Conflict and Change in Australia’s Peri-Urban Landscapes

1st Edition

By Melissa Kennedy, Andrew Butt, Marco Amati


288 pages

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In an era of rapid urbanization, peri-urban areas are emerging as the fastest-growing regions in many countries. Generally considered as the space extending one hundred kilometres from the city fringe, peri-urban areas are contested and subject to a wide range of uses such as residential development, productive farming, water catchments, forestry, mineral and stone extraction and tourism and recreation. Whilst the peri-urban space is valued for offering a unique ambiance and lifestyle, it is often highly vulnerable to bushfire and loss of biodiversity and vegetation along with threats to farming and food security in highly productive areas. Drawing together leading researchers and practitioners, this volume provides an interdisciplinary contribution to our knowledge and understanding of how peri-urban areas are being shaped in Australia through a focus on four overarching themes: Peri-urban Conceptualizations; Governance and Planning; Land Use and Food Production; and Solutions and Representations. Whilst the case studies focus on Australia, they advance a variety of tools useful in discerning processes and impacts of peri-urban change globally. Furthermore, the findings are instructive of the issues and tensions commonly encountered in rapidly urbanizing peri-urban areas throughout the world, from landscape valuation and biosecurity concerns to functional adaptation and social change.


'Peri-urban Australia lies at the forefront of some of Australia's most pressing social, economic and environmental issues. Questions of economic development, transport, housing supply, sustainability and well-being find expression in debates on Australia's peri-urban areas. This book brings together researchers who provide fresh insights and challenging perspectives that will inform academics and policymakers alike.' Andrew Beer, The University of South Australia Business School, Australia

About the Authors

Melissa Kennedy is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests focus on the creative economy in rural and peri-urban communities.

Andrew Butt is a Senior Lecturer in the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe University, Australia. His research and teaching has a focus on planning practice and community change in peri-urban and multifunctional rural regions in Australia.

Marco Amati is an Associate Professor at RMIT University's School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences, Australia. His interests include the urban forest and green spaces and the history of planning.

About the Series

Urban Planning and Environment

Urban Planning and Environment
Maintaining and enhancing living conditions in cities through a combination of physical planning and environmental management is a newly emerging focus of governments around the world. For example, local governments seek to insulate sensitive land uses such as residential areas from environmentally intrusive activities such as major transport facilities and manufacturing. Regional governments protect water quality and natural habitat by enforcing pollution controls and regulating the location of growth. Some national governments fund acquisition of strategically important sites, facilitate the renewal of brown fields, and even develop integrated environmental quality plans. The aim of this series is to share information on experiments and best practices of governments at several levels. These empirically-based studies present and critically assess a variety of initiatives to improve environmental quality. Although institutional and cultural contexts vary, lessons from one commonly can provide useful ideas to other communities. Each of the contributions are independently peer reviewed, and are intended to be helpful to professional planners and environmental managers, elected officials, representatives of NGOs, and researchers seeking improved ways to resolve environmental problems in urban areas and to foster sustainable urban development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy