Cities Urban - Research Agenda 8pp - Designs FINAL - Flipbook - Page 3
Australia’s cities are built on Indigenous land inhabited for
thousands of years, which remains home to many Indigenous
people. The representation and recognition of Indigenous
perspectives could strengthen urban policies by meaningfully
involving local communities and cultures in urban spaces and
planning processes. There are opportunities to learn from
Indigenous knowledge of sustainable practices in shaping
the environment, reducing socio-spatial disadvantage and
strengthening the cultural heritage of Australia’s cities.
Australia’s major cities are fundamental to productivity. Urban
policies can have economic benefits through the development
of precincts - clustering jobs, transport and housing. The
structure of Australia’s cities has changed, in part due to a shift
from manufacturing to service- and knowledge-industries.
Attracting human capital, and the investment of global
companies to the central business districts is a cities policy
objective. In this context, digital connectivity and Smart Cities
technologies are increasingly important.
How can Australian cities be understood as Indigenous
places, and Indigenous connection to Country be
represented in urban areas?
How are urban precincts and economic agglomeration
approaches being implemented in Australia to deliver
What are success factors and challenges in Indigenous land
title claims in urban areas and their implication for urban
planning and governance?
How does the urban form of Australia’s cities facilitate
How do current policy frameworks (in Australia and
internationally) provide social and economic infrastructure
for Indigenous people in cities, and how could health,
economic and social outcomes be improved?
How can strategic urban and regional development support
strong economic outcomes and connectivity?
How are global economic transitions and transformations
likely to affect Australian cities?
In what ways could Smart Cities technology impact
economic growth and productivity?
How could local Indigenous people be involved in creating
and managing urban places?
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