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.

chapter 1|6 pages

Australian Urban and Regional Planning in the Twenty-First Century

ByKaren Vella, Neil Sipe

part I|26 pages

The Context of Urban and Regional Planning

chapter 2|12 pages

The Changing Population Geography of Australia

Implications for Planning and Policy
ByElin Charles-Edwards

chapter 3|12 pages

Employment, Income and (In)equality

Planning Issues Hidden in Plain Sight
ByDavid Wadley

part II|104 pages

Critical Debates in Australian Planning

chapter 4|10 pages

Planning and the Nirvana of Economic Development

ByGlen Searle

chapter 5|17 pages

Urban Design for a Sustainable Future

Heading in the Right Direction?
ByJohn Byrne

chapter 6|11 pages

Regionalization and Regionalism

Persistent Challenges and New Frontiers
ByJennifer Bellamy, Brian Head

chapter 7|13 pages

The Evolution of Australian Urban and Regional Planning

A Textual Analysis
ByRobert Freestone

chapter 8|12 pages

Northern Australia

A Contested Landscape
ByAllan P. Dale, Ruth Potts, Sharon Harwood

chapter 9|12 pages

Australian Planning System Reform

Tinkering at the Edges or Instrumental Change?
ByKristian Ruming, Nicole Gurran, Paul Maginn, Robin Goodman

chapter 10|13 pages

Physical Determinism and Australian Cities

ByPatrick N. Troy

chapter 11|14 pages

Getting Dense

Why Has Urban Consolidation Been So Difficult?
ByJoe Hurley, Elizabeth Taylor, Jago Dodson

part III|60 pages

Topics in Planning Policy

chapter 12|12 pages

Neoliberalism and the Housing Affordability Crisis

ByKeith Jacobs

chapter 13|10 pages


The “Good Life” for Life Hereafter
ByCaryl Bosman

chapter 14|11 pages

How Did We Get Here?

Plotting the Route to “Balanced” Mobility and Transport Planning
ByMatthew Burke, Jianqiang Cui

chapter 15|15 pages

Ports as Critical Infrastructure

Keeping Connected Requires a Long-Term View
ByGavin McCullagh, Douglas Baker

chapter 16|10 pages

Planning for Food Justice within Urban Australia

ByNicolette Larder

part IV|78 pages

Climate Change, Disaster Risk and Environmental Management

chapter 18|22 pages

Climate Change

Local Governments Adapting to the Wicked Problem of Sea-Level Rise
ByAnne Leitch

chapter 19|16 pages

Mainstreaming Urban Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction

Five Capabilities for Australian Urban Planning
ByAlan March, Stephen Dovers

chapter 20|13 pages

The Quality of Australian Regional NRM Plans

ByMichael Lockwood, Andrew Harwood

chapter 21|15 pages

In Pursuit of Effective Nature Conservation Planning and Delivery

ByMarc Hockings, Leslie Shirreffs, Robert Speirs

part V|48 pages

Engaging and Taking Planning Action

chapter 22|16 pages

Urban Planning and Indigenous Peoples

ByMelissa Nursey-Bray, Andrew Beer

chapter 23|9 pages

The Right to Contribute

The Dynamics and Dilemmas of Community Engagement in the Australian Context
ByJenny Cameron, Deanna Grant-Smith

chapter 24|21 pages

Creating Spaces for Action

Lessons from Frontline Planners in the Great Barrier Reef
ByKaren Vella, John Forester

part VI|38 pages

Planning Education and Research

chapter 25|10 pages

Doing Planning and Being a Planner

Employment and Education Challenges for the Australian Planning Profession
ByDeanna Grant-Smith, Severine Mayere

chapter 27|7 pages

The Future of Australian Urban and Regional Planning

ByNeil Sipe, Karen Vella