​ Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) newsletter June 2017
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Welcome to the AECURN Newsletter for June 2017

A huge thank you to our Board in 2017 so far who have continued to work tirelessly. Some of their achievements include: developing a SOAC PhD Symposium to boost the work and connections of our members, authoring a Practice Review that will document the short but successful history of AECRUN thus far, integrating AECURN in state networking and academic events, updating our website and streamlining across multiple social media platforms, working on defining our policies and procedures. 

A particular thank you to Anna Liedschke and Jasmine Palmer, working as AECURN’s SOAC PhD Conference Chairs to put together what promises to be an excellent and productive PhD Symposium in November. 

Congratulations to Jennifer Witheridge who is soon due to have a baby! Congratulations also to Rachael Cole-Hawthorne who has accepted a position in the Queensland Government and remains an Adjunct with Griffith University.

If you have any ideas of what you would like to see included, or could get involved in, please email the National Chairs (Rachael Cole-Hawthorne, Jennifer Witheridge, Liz Adamczyk) at aecurn@gmail.com


For the National Chairs

Welcome to Isaac Middle who joins us as WA Chair, and Kane Pham who joins us as NSW Chair. 

Isaac is an ECR who completed his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University in 2016. He is a lecturer in Curtin’s Department of Planning and Geography, and a research assistant at the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research. His research lies in the intersection between planning, recreation and place-making – promoting health, building inclusive communities and creating connections between humans and nature through landscapes as diverse as formal parks, nature trails, community gardens and off-the-leash dog exercise areas. 

Kane is an Associate at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. His research interests are at the intersection of urban studies, urban theory and public policy. He has published on public space development in global cities and socio-political conflicts surrounding megaprojects and is currently conducting research on the application of assemblage thinking within frameworks of urban governance.

Thank you to Dr Fiona Gray who has been an active Board member of AECURN, particularly as Victorian State Chair, Cities sub-group coordinator and in helping to get AECURN more active on social media. Fiona has accepted a role as the Manager of Central Geelong and Waterfront at the City of Greater Geelong and remains an Adjunct Associate Professor at Deakin. 
Board Members needed 
The Victorian State Chair role is currently vacant as Jennifer heads on maternity leave and Fiona pursues a career in Local Government. We also need someone to promote the activities and achievements of AECURN across social media. We need enthusiastic AECURNers to fill these Roles until at least the end of 2017. These roles include: 

State Chair
  • Organise or support other AECURN members to run, events, activities, projects and sub-groups that support the aims of the Network.
  • Represent AECURN members from the state and manage communication with members from their jurisdiction.
Social media coordinator 
  • Share information on social media about events or news (i.e. upcoming conferences, public lectures, etc) that are relevant to members 
  • Work to create an enjoyable, welcoming and inclusive social/networking environment within the network
  • Maintain the Network’s social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler
Please email aecurn@gmail.com if you would like to nominate for either position or with any questions. 
AECURN is excited to announcing upcoming events that may be of interest to members: 

Postgrad workshops at the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference, Brisbane. Both from 1pm 11th July 2017. Urban Geography PhD Day exploring papers, publishing and feedback from senior mentors, email to libby.porter@rmit.edu.au. Cultural Geographies PhD Day exploring urban illuminations with Tim Edensor, email to Michele.Lobo@deakin.edu.au.

‘Decolonising Settler Cities’: Australian Urban Theory Symposium. Perth, 26th – 27th September 2017. Visit the symposium webpage or send abstracts by 1st June to libby.porter@rmit.edu.au or Tod Jones t.jones@curtin.edu.au

State of Australian Cities (SOAC) PhD Symposium, Adelaide, 25th – 27th November 2017. Abstracts due by 12th June at http://soac2017.com.au/phd-symposium/.

‘Remaking Cities’ (Urban History Planning History Conference). Melbourne, 31st of January – 2nd February 2018. https://www.remakingcities-uhph2018.com/submit-abstract https://www.remakingcities-uhph2018.com/.

Join AECURN and keep up to date with announcements, AECURN events and activities at www.aecurnonline.com or by emailing aecurn@gmail.com.  

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