Critical urban infrastructure in Australia

Steele, Wendy, Olvera-Garcia, Jaime, Browne, Emma and Iotti, Anne-Sophie (2013). Critical urban infrastructure in Australia. In: Kristian Ruming, Bill Randolph and Nicole Gurran, State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings. SOAC 2013: 6th State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 26-29 November 2013.

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Author Steele, Wendy
Olvera-Garcia, Jaime
Browne, Emma
Iotti, Anne-Sophie
Title of paper Critical urban infrastructure in Australia
Conference name SOAC 2013: 6th State of Australian Cities Conference
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 November 2013
Proceedings title State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings
Place of Publication Hobart, TAS, Australia
Publisher State of Australian Cities Research Network
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Editor Kristian Ruming
Bill Randolph
Nicole Gurran
Total pages 11
Language eng
Abstract/Summary 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.
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