Monash University is hosting a human geography public lecture and panel discussion on the theme of " "Re-thinking Melbourne in a network of world cities", on 7 Dec, 12-2pm, State Library of Victoria Village Roadshow Theatrette

Professor Ben Derudder, a leading international researcher on world city networks, will discuss different world city rankings and draw upon Melbourne as an example of how cities use livability rankings for marketing and to provide insights into how cities compare to other global urban environments:

Using the example of Melbourne, I will begin by distinguishing between using the various rankings of ‘world city-ness’ (1) for superficial purposes and (2) for delivering actual insight into a city’s position in the world. The latter approach allows identifying a city’s strategic assets in the world economy, which in turn gives policy and planning a more concrete idea of what focus is needed in strategic planning processes. Reviewing the position of Melbourne in some of the most well-known rankings suggests a focus on quality of life, strong linkages to Asia, and its higher education cluster in the planning process.

Chair: Professor Chris Nash, Foundation Professor of Journalism, Monash University

Panel participants: Professor Ben Derudder, University of Ghent, Belgium; Kate Vinot: Director of City Strategy and Place, City of Melbourne; Professor Roz Hansen: Independent chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Plan Melbourne Refresh  and Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, University of Melbourne; Vesy Deyanova: International student, Monash University Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Dr Ruth Lane

Human Geography
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts,
20 Chancellors Walk
Room W828
Monash University
Wellington Road, Clayton  Vic  3800

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