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The Routledge Handbook of Australian Urban and Regional Planning

1st Edition

Edited by Neil Sipe, Karen Vella


392 pages

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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 Connected Requires a Long-Term View

Gavin McCullagh BE (Civil) BA GDURP; Douglas Baker PhD

Planning For Food Justice within Urban Australia

Nicolette Larder

Part IV: Climate change, disaster risk and environmental management

How Planning Can Address the Challenge of Transitioning to Low Carbon Urban Economies

Ian Lowe

Climate Change: Local Governments Adapting To the Wicked Problem of Sea Level Rise

Anne Leitch

Mainstreaming Urban Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction: Five Capabilities for Australian Urban Planning

Alan March and Stephen Dovers

The Quality of Australian Regional NRM Plans

Michael Lockwood and Andrew Harwood

In Pursuit Of Effective Nature Conservation Planning and Delivery

Marc Hockings, Leslie Shirreffs, Robert Speirs

Part V: Engaging and Taking Planning Action

Urban Planning and Indigenous Peoples, Australia

Melissa Nursey-Bray and Andrew Beer

"The Right to Contribute": The Dynamics and Dilemmas of Community Engagement in the Australian Context

Jenny Cameron and Deanna Grant-Smith

Creating spaces for action: Lessons from front line planners in the Great Barrier Reef

Karen Vella and John Forester

Part VI: Planning education and research

Doing Planning and Being a Planner: Employment and Education Challenges for the Australian Planning Profession

Deanna Grant-Smith and Severine Mayere

Tracing the History of Australian Planning Research and Its Influence on Practice

Jason Byrne


Neil Sipe and Karen Vella

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning