Following the successful 1st State of Australian Cities conference held in western Sydney in December 2003, the Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network convened the 2nd State of Australian Cities conference in Brisbane. The conference was hosted by the Urban Research Program from the 30th November to the 2nd December 2005 at the South Bank campus, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
- Review the condition of the contemporary Australian city based on the latest empirical evidence
- Identify research gaps and suggest areas that need priority for future and research
- Identify and showcase policy relevant research
- Provide a forum for dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policy makers
The principal intention of the conference was to lead a dialogue between leading researchers on the state of Australian cities and where they might be headed. State of Australian Cities conference 2005 was designed to lead to a better understanding of the research needs of Australian cities and to provide those in the public and private sectors with a better appreciation of the current state and capacities of researchers.
State of Australian Cities conference 2005 brought together participants from a wide range of fields, including:
- Policy makers
- Private and public sector practitioners
- Leaders in government
- Social commentators and the media