Welcome to the Globalisation and Cities Research Program (GCRP)
We are investigating the social, economic, political, and cultural changes of our cities in the context of contemporary globalisation. We seek to unravel the complexities of the concurrent processes of globalisation and urbanisation, their contributory and resultant factors, and their associated challenges for policy and planning. Our key research issues include global cities, urban competitiveness, urban planning and governance, migration, and space of flows in cities.
We are particularly interested in capturing the positioning of Australian cities in a global urban network or hierarchy, and the way Australia integrates with the world through its key urban centres. For example, we attempt to uncover the interrelationships between Australian cities and their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific, the internal and external dynamics of such interrelationships, and the resulting priorities for urban planning and policy. Understanding Australian cities in a global context will inform strategies and policies at global, national, regional, and local levels. They will help effectively address ‘globalised’ challenges, such as competitiveness, innovation, migration, sustainability, liveability, and social cohesion.