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Henry Halloran Trust Incubator Showcase

  • VSCC lecture theatre 208, Veterinary Science Conference Centre Regimental Dr The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006 Australia (map)

How to deal with troublemakers: Five lessons from stories around the world


Kurt and Amanda have studied citizen-led organising work in cities across the world. Frequently those campaigns have involved positive and negative engagement with planners and consultation processes. This presentation provides a 10 minute overview of lessons observed, and how they can be applied to improve the urban planning process.

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Speakers: Kurt Iveson; Amanda Tattersall

Associate professor Kurt Iveson is primarily interested in the question of how social justice can be achieved in cities. This has included looking at contests over different uses of urban public space, including the politics of protest, graffiti writing, cruising, hanging out, and outdoor advertising. He has also explored how urban planning might work better to achieve social justice in cities. In particular, he has considered the ways in which planners should conceptualise, and respond to, different forms of diversity in the city. 

Dr Amanda Tattersall is a scholar and a change maker. She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow as part of the Organising Cities Project in the School of Geosciences. 

She is the founder of some of Australia’s most interesting social change organisations, including the Sydney Alliance and GetUp.org.au, and she is the founder and Host of the ChangeMakers podcast, which tells stories about people trying to change the world. As an urban geographer, she focuses on questions of how the city can be a subject for democratic politics.  

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Policy success for whom? Defining policy success for Indigenous housing

What would policy success look like for Indigenous housing? Would it be good policy, effective processes, or successfully implemented programs? And on what grounds is policy success determined? ‘Good policy’ is good policy for whom? Housing for Health Incubator researchers Paul Torzillo, Allan MacConnell and Christen Cornell will tackle these rarely asked questions, in the context of the larger and ongoing conundrum of why it is so hard to incorporate cyclical repairs and maintenance into infrastructure programs for Indigenous housing.

Speakers: Christen Cornell; Paul Torzillo; Allan MacConnell

Dr Christen Cornell is a Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research spans cultural and urban studies, with particular interest in the relationship between cultural practices and urban planning.  

Professor Paul Torzillo is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous Health advisors. He has specific expertise on ARIs, housing and health and service delivery. Paul has been an advisor to the OATSIH (Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health) since its inception and has advocated strongly for a central role of evidence-based policy development. 

Professor Allan MacConnell is a political scientist whose main interests lie in various aspects of public policy making. This interest has taken him into research that addresses issues such as responses to crises and disasters, policy success/failure, policy evaluation, wicked policy problems, placebo policies, hidden policy agendas and the politics of policy inaction. 

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Refreshments served from 6pm, event starts 6.30pm sharp