1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning

Edited By Neil Sipe, Karen Vella Copyright 2017
    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.