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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning

Edited By

Neil Sipe


Karen Vella

ISBN 9780367870942
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Where is planning in twenty-first-century Australia? What are the key challenges that confront planning? What does planning scholarship reveal about the state of planning practice in meeting the needs of urban and regional Australians? The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning includes 27 chapters that answer these and many other questions that confront planners working in urban and regional areas in twenty-first-century Australia. It provides a single source for cutting edge thinking and research across a broad range of the most important topics in urban and regional planning.

Divided into six parts, this handbook explores:

  • contexts of urban and regional planning in Australia

  • critical debates in Australian planning

  • planning policy

  • climate change, disaster risk and environmental management

  • engaging and taking planning action

  • planning education and research

This handbook is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in urban planning, built environment, urban studies and public policy as well as academics and practitioners across Australia and internationally.

Table of Contents


Ann Forsyth


Karen Vella and Neil Sipe

Part I: The Context of Urban and Regional Planning

The Changing Population Geography of Australia: Implications for Planning and Policy

Elin Charles-Edwards

Employment, income and (in)equality: Planning Issues Hidden in Plain Sight

David Wadley

Part II: Critical debates in Australian Planning

Planning and the Nirvana of Economic Development

Glen Searle

Urban Design for a Sustainable Future: Heading In the Right Directions?

John Byrne

Regionalization and Regionalism: Persistent Challenges and New Frontiers

Jennifer Bellamy and Brian Head

The Evolution of Australian Urban and Regional Planning: A Textual Analysis

Robert Freestone

Northern Australia: A Contested Landscape

Allan P. Dale, Ruth Potts and Sharon Harwood

Australian Planning System Reform: Tinkering at the Edges or Instrumental Change?

Kristian Ruming, Nicole Gurran, Paul Maginn and Robin Goodman

Physical Determinism and Australian Cities

Patrick N. Troy

Getting Dense: Why Has Urban Consolidation Been So Difficult?

Joe Hurley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jago Dodson

Part III: Topics in planning policy

Neoliberalism and the Housing Affordability Crisis

Keith Jacobs

Gerotopia: The ‘Good Life’ For Life Hereafter

Caryl Bosman

How Did We Get Here? Plotting the Route to 'Balanced' Mobility and Transport Planning

Matthew Burke and Jianqiang Cui

Ports As Critical Infrastructure Keeping

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Neil Sipe is Professor of Planning in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Queensland (Brisbane). His research interests include: transport and land use planning; natural resource management; and international comparisons of planning systems.


Karen Vella is a Senior Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on policy and governance dimensions of planning and evidence based frameworks for action to improve planning outcomes in urban and regional contexts. Her work has helped shape urban and regional sustainability planning and policy for climate mitigation and adaptation, natural resource management, duty of care frameworks for urban and regional risk management, and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.