Critical urban infrastructure in Australia

Steele, W, Olvera-Garcia, J, Browne, E and Lotti, A 2013, 'Critical urban infrastructure in Australia', in K. Ruming, B. Randolph, N. Gurran (ed.) SOAC Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations, Sydney, Australia, 26 - 29 November 2013, pp. 1-11.

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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Critical urban infrastructure in Australia
Author(s) Steele, W
Olvera-Garcia, J
Browne, E
Lotti, A
Year 2013
Conference name State of Australian Cities Conference 2013
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 26 - 29 November 2013
Proceedings title SOAC Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations
Editor(s) K. Ruming, B. Randolph, N. Gurran
Publisher State of Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication Australia
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Abstract The provision and location of critical urban infrastructure (i.e. energy, water, transport and communications) are intimately connected with national security ambitions around settlement growth and development. Yet despite a broader 'infrastructure turn' within Australian cities (see Dodson, 2009), a detailed understanding of how and why critical urban infrastructure becomes framed as a key security issue has been little explored within Australian urban research. This paper positions the (national) security focus around critical urban infrastructure in critical tension with growing parallel imperatives for democratic governance processes that are able to reduce social vulnerability and build community resilience. Better understanding the democratic possibilities and dimensions of this agenda include a focus on the important role of non-state actors and empowerment of those most marginalised within the Australian city context.
Subjects Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
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