Associate Professor Glen Searle | Exploring How Sydney’s Population Growth Impacts Its Governance
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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘Population growth and development: an outcome of Sydney’s metropolitan governance’, from Australian Planner, 2020. doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2020.1739095
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Rises in population and demographic changes can have significant effects on the development and governance of urban environments. Associate Professor Glen Searle of the University of Sydney recently published a paper that highlights the ways in which Sydney’s rapid population growth is supported by national immigration targets and the state government’s desire to keep Sydney ahead of other Australian cities as a global city. This population growth then drives important governance decisions at state and national levels, particularly relating to development. By prioritising rapid dwelling construction to accommodate Sydney’s rising population, but lacking adequate funding for new transport, the state government has had to reduce checks and balances needed for more democratic planning and sustainable development.
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