Conference format and themes

Format

The conference consisted of:

  • keynote presentations
  • plenary sessions
  • academic and practitioner led presentations
  • workshops
  • roundtable discussions.

Themes

Three overarching themes guided each session.

Securing Food, Water and the Environment in Peri-urban regions

Discussing the changing nature of land use and challenges to food and water security.

Topics

Agricultural production, wine production, greenbelts, land use planning, peri-urban landscapes (multi-functional, amenity, agricultural), urban forests, water supply and demand, peak oil, climate change, biodiversity, bushfires.


Providing for Community Change in Peri-urban regions

Discussing population change and community formation 

Topics 

Population movement, sustainable urban development, healthy communities, transport, commuting and dispersed work patterns, lifestylers and retirees sustainable infrastructure and development economics 


Peri-Urban Policy and Governance in Peri-urban regions 

Discussing policy responses and governance arrangements 

Topics

Cross sectoral decision-making,  growth management, service provision (education, health, welfare)