We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of the lands on which we learn, research and teach.
We recognise that all urban areas in Australia are located on the unceded sacred lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We will support and advance urban scholarship that situates research in relation to Indigenous sovereignty and learning how to live and work together on Country.
ACRN acknowledges the mana whenua of the places in Aotearoa where we conduct our research and teaching.
The Australasian Cities Research Network (ACRN) was initially known as the Australian Sustainable Cities Network when it was first established in the early 2000s. The network’s fundamental aim is to promote, foster, champion, and disseminate research relevant to Australian cities and regions. This is achieved via the State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference which has been running since 2003 when the inaugural conference was held in Sydney.
Since then the SOAC conference has effectively toured the nation’s major metropolitan regions – Brisbane (2005), Adelaide (2007, 2017), Perth (2009), Melbourne (2011), Sydney (2013), Gold Coast (2015) and now back to Perth in 2019.
Membership of the ACRN is open to all those engaged in research which is relevant to Australian cities and regions.
The ACRN Committee is made up of academics from around Australia who volunteer their time to oversee the continuation of the SOAC conference and to lend advice and assistance to the host local organising committee.
In 2019 the ACRN is co-convened by Prof. Nicole Gurran (USyd) and Assoc. Prof. Paul Maginn (UWA). This joint convenorship reflects the ACRN’s commitment to geographical and gender diversity.
The current committee also includes: Prof. Emma Baker (Co-Chair, SOAC2017); Dr Matthew Rofe (Co-chair, SOAC 2017), Prof. Paul Burton (Chair, SOAC 2015); Prof. Jago Dodson (ex ACRN Chair); and Elizabeth Adamczyk (Newcastle, AECURN Representative).