The Primary objectives of this conference are:

  • Objective One:  to build a NUA and SDG community of practice
  • Objective Two: to create a culture of professional, academic and stakeholder collaboration across sectors and disciplines
  • Objective Three:  to facilitate a multi-level government approach to implementation in partnership with the private and community sectors
  • Objective Four: to create an outline implementation plan to provide guidance and strategic direction for all stakeholders in the implementation of the NUA and achievement of the SDGs.


The conference output will be a collated report identifying and contextualising the key outputs derived from the workshops and developing a ‘roadmap’ towards NUA implementation.

CLICK HERE to download the confirmed abstracts which will be presented during the conference. Please check back here regularly as more abstracts are added to the program.


The following is the list of the abstracts that have been included in the program [as at 4 April 2017].


Water is life - water's contribution to liveability.
Submitted by: Rhys Anderson, Water Business Leader Vic SA & Tas, Arup.

Aligning process and policy for sustainable and affordable housing provision.
Presented by:  Dr Tom Alves, The University of Melbourne.

Handling Urban limits – A Concern.
Presented by: Alka Bharat, Professor, Department of Architecture & Planning, MANIT, Bhopal ( MP), India  5

Infrastructure underpins a New Urban Agenda.
Presented by: Alice Boyd, Infrastructure Partnership Australia.

Leveraging partnerships - why+how Government should actively build the CHP sector.
Presented by: Amy Brown Partner, Infrastructure and Urban Renewal, PwC Australia.

University-Government Engagement: Bringing the New Urban Agenda to Life.
Presented by: Dr Iain Butterworth, Manager Population Health and Planning, Victorian Dept. Health & Human Services.

Getting the balance right.
Presented by: Dr. Penny Burns PhD (Adelaide), Master of Economics (ANU), B.A. (Hons 1st) (Adelaide) and Kerry McGovern, M.Phil., M.Pub.Ad., B.Com., B.Econ., PMIIA (Aust), ASDA, ASB (NZ), CPA.

Economic Development (Creative Cities)
Submitted by: Bronwyn Coate and Ian McShane RMIT:  Economic development (Creative Cities)

The New Urban Agenda and Health Equity
Submitted by:  Professor Jason Corburn, Director , Centre for Global Healthy Cities, Berkeley CA.

Turning high ambition into on-ground impact: A model for implementation of zero carbon building pathways
Presented by: Eli Court, ClimateWorks, Australia. 10

Greening the Greyfields
Presented by: Dr Stephen Glackin, Swinburne University (incl. CRCSI & CRCLCL)

The need for local action on housing- perspectives from a Melbourne council
Presented by: Mike Collins, Coordinator Social Planning, Moreland City Council, Melbourne, Australia

Unpacking the New Urban Agenda: challenges and opportunities for Pacific cities
Presented by: Prof Darryn McEvoy, RMIT University

Sustainable Forms of Housing for Formerly Homeless Persons

Presented by: Shai Diner, RMIT University

Markets and the local economy
Presented by: Elizabeth Cox: Independent Consultant

Using Plan Melbourne to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. 13
Presented by: Mia Davison, Rebecca Collins and James Mant, Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP)

Building Resilience, Liveability and Integrated Water Management in Victoria
Presented by: Abby Farmer, DELWP

The New Urban Agenda: Housing strategy in Myanmar
Presented by: Joe Flood, Community Housing Limited

Shaping the Great Neighbourhoods: A practical model for citizen-lead urban development
Presented By: Lucinda Hartley and Helen Rowe, CoDesign Studio

The role of catalytic innovation in governance to revitalize towns and cities
Presented by: Prof Janette Hartz-Karp, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), Western Australia

Localising global goals in Australia's Global City
Presented by: Alison Holloway: Principal and Partner SGS

Ethical Cities - a New Urban Agenda
Presented by:  Prof Ralph Horne, RMIT University

Alternative futures for Fishermans Bend: case study on the use of integrated city models
Presented by Brett Walters (‎Manager - Sustainability & Transport at City of Port Phillip) and Joan Ko (Environment & Sustainability Leader Vic/SA at Arup)

The role of the private sector as partners in the new urban agenda
Presented by: Justin Madden, ARUP, Consultant, Melbourne Office

Preparing for disruptions as a way of implementing the New Urban Agenda
Presented by: Dr Shirin Malekpour, Monash University

Affordable housing for family violence survivors
Presented by: Erika Martino, Australian Catholic University

Defining success: what does success look like for a transport network?
Presented by: Ben Mason, ARUP

Reviving the Democracity
Presented by: Simon Micmacher, DELWP and Dr Stephen Glackin, Swinburne University

Child-Centred Urban Resilience Framework
Submitted by: Luke Millar
Presented by: Kirsten McDonald, ARUP

Enabling Collaborative Approaches for Sustainable Urban Development
Presented by: Michael Nolan: Chair, UN Global Compact - Cities Programme

Multilevel approaches for climate change adaptation: A case study in South Australia
Presented by: Chandani Panditharatne PhD University of South Australia

Localising the global: Toward holistic indices that promote and measure One Planet Living
Presented by: Dr Rebecca Patrick, Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group, Deakin University

Implementing the New Urban Agenda through Territorial Development Contracts and City Deals.
Presented by: Lee Pugalis, Professor of Urban Studies, Institute for Public Policy and Governance, UTS

New Nordic Urban Solutions
Presented by: Regitze Marianne Hess, International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP)

“Strength in Diversity”: Democratic Practices for the New Urban Agenda
Presented by: Andreana Reale, Community Organiser (Housing Affordability), Urban Seed.

Creating Sustainable And Resilient Cities Through Interdisciplinary And Impact-Oriented Research
Presented by: Briony Rogers, Rob Skinner, Lara Werbeloff (Monash Sustainable Development Institute)

Food systems and the role of local government
Dr Nick Rose and Dr Adrian Hearne – RMIT University

Capacity building for implementation of the NUA: an Asia Pacific Framework
Presented by: Dr Jane Stanley, President EAROPH Australia

Emerging governance models to advance the New Urban Agenda and sustainable cities in Australia

Presented by: Giles Thomson and Peter Newman, Curtin University

Newly arrived Chinese migrants and housing consumption in Melbourne: Challenges and opportunity
Presented by: Dr Christina Ting, Swinburn University

A roadmap for affordable housing - working together on housing solutions
Presented by: Hong Young Tsao (Young)

City Resilience Index Development and Application
Submitted by: Rob Turk, Associate Principal and City Resilience Skills Leader, Arup
Presented by: Cathy Oke, Councillor, City of Melbourne

No New Urban Agenda Without A New Rural Agenda
Presented by:  David Week, Postdoctoral Fellow, Smart Villages Lab, University of Melbourne

Housing and Labour Market Influences on Homelessness
Presented by: Professor Gavin Wood, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

The New Urban Agenda and the Future of Human Settlements in the Tropics

Presented by: Dr Mark Ziembicki, James Cook University

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