ReThinking Melbourne

Event Name ReThinking Melbourne
Start Date 7th Dec 2016 12:00pm
End Date 7th Dec 2016 4:00pm
Duration 4 hours


As the Victorian Government releases a new strategic plan for Melbourne, Plan Melbourne Refresh, Monash University’s Human Geography team host public lecture and panel discussion ‘Rethinking Melbourne’ on Wednesday 7 December, 12noon-2pm, at the State Library of Victoria – to consider the implications of the Plan and Melbourne’s vision as a world city.

‘Rethinking Melbourne’ questions what world city status means for Melbourne as an urban environment and for how it is experienced as a liveable place. How should it influence future visions for Melbourne and the values that underpin it? What kinds of lives, work and places should the city support?

In 2016 The Economist ranked Melbourne the world’s most liveable city for the sixth consecutive year. But global cities can have hidden local costs: increasing housing prices, transport stress and rising inequalities are some. Is Melbourne’s liveability threatened by its very success as a global city? If people can’t afford to buy a home in the city where they work, just what does liveability mean? Do world city networks only serve the interests of the big end of town or can they have positive spin offs for ordinary residents?

Professor Ben Derudder, a leading international researcher on world city networks, will discuss different world city rankings with Melbourne.

“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.”

ReThinking Melbourne features:

  • 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