ECOCITY World Summit Conference, 12-14th July 2017


It is the start of another year and AECURN is very much looking forward to getting involved in some of the key urban research conferences happening across Australasia. First up, we have the ECOCITY World Summit Conference to be held in Melbourne from July 12 – 14 2017. This conference will address a number of unprecedented ecological, economic and social challenges and opportunities facing the world’s cities. It will bring together scholars and practitioners from across the world to discuss these issues together and there is already strong support for the conference from a range of international associations and Australian governmental organisations.

The conference offers a fantastic network opportunity for ECRs and PhD candidates researching the urban disciplines and who are looking to engage with scholars and practitioners. AECURN is currently discussing what it can do for it’s members at this conference- so please stay tuned for event details. Updates will be posted on this website, as well as AECURN’s social media sites (FB and twitter).

Please consider submitting papers and/or presentations for consideration through the website call for contributions that is closing this week on Friday 17th February 2017. Early bird savings are also available now. Student fees are also available for full time students only, however there is a limited number of student registrations so please book early!

For additional information please visit the Summit website – or contact




Upcoming Event: AECURN QLD 8th April

Hi QLD AECURN members!

We thought it would be good to arrange a get together for Queensland AECURN members, both for a bit of networking but also to canvas some ideas of what you, the members, would like the State Chairs to organise over the next year. We’ve got a few ideas to get feedback on, but it is better if the ideas come from you.

Date: Friday 8th April 2016
Venue: The Ship Inn, Southbank (we’ve booked a corner of the outside area)

Time: From 5pm
RSVP to (so we can get an idea for numbers)

The Ship Inn is at the Griffith University end of Southbank, close to Southbank station (buses and trains), Mater HIll station (buses) and Southbank Ferry terminal.

Hopefully this makes it fairly easy for everyone – although I know that those on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts (and further afield) always have a challenge.
We’ll make sure there’s a sign up so you can find us easily.
We hope to see you there!

Ed and Nigel
Queensland Co-chairs

P.S. Non-Queensland people who happen to be in Brisbane that day are of course more than welcome too.

Upcoming Event: WA Lecture 8th April 2016

Topics covered: 
– Forming a research team
 – Securing funding
–  Creating space and time for collaborations
– Making a difference!
8 APRIL 4:00 PM
Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography/Geology Building 225
University of Western Australia
(Networking drinks to follow)
To RSVP and for further information contact:
This event is co-sponsored by DEEtalks, School of Earth and Environment, UWA
Professor Petra Tschakert is a leading academic on climate change adaptation research. Her work engages multiple actors, from international agencies to local communities, in finding innovative ways to approach the complex challenges posed by climate change. Prof. Tschakert is the Centenary Professor of Rural Development in the School of Earth and Environment and
School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, at UWA. She was Coordinating Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2014).

Call for Nominations for the AECURN Board 2016-17

AECURN is calling for nominations for the 2016-17 Board, which will be elected at AECURN’s AGM on Thursday 10th December, 5:00pm (Room TBC),  Being an AECURN Board member is a terrific opportunity to build your network across Australia, New Zealand and internationally (through our connections with other ECR groups in America and Europe), and is also a great service to our discipline and the future of urban research. Current Board members are welcome to renominate, and we also strongly encourage new people to consider joining the Board. Many of the positions can be shared between two or more people, to spread the work-load and encourage involvement. Nominations are being sought for the following positions (see attached Position Descriptions for further details):
  • National Chairs (3 positions)
  • State Chair(s) (at least one for each Australian state and New Zealand)
  • Treasurer(s)
  • Secretary/Secretaries
  • Social coordinator(s)
  • Website administrator(s)
  • Newsletter coordinator(s)
To nominate, please send an email to, stating:
  • Your name
  • Institution and role (e.g. PhD student, research fellow, lecturer etc.)
  • The position(s) you wish to nominate for
  • Three to five sentences on why you would like to sit on the AECURN Board
The deadline for nominations is Friday November 27th 2015.

Upcoming event: AECURN SA

Navigating the ECR experience: tales from those who have been there. 

Whether your research relates to housing or heat islands, transport or tourism, planning history, sustainable futures or anything else ‘urban’, come along and meet other PhD and early career researchers.

This event is an opportunity to talk with urban researchers who have recently negotiated the ECR path and found their own foothold in the academic environment.

How did they do it? What tips will they share? 


Hans Pieters, PhD Flinders, UniSA Planning

Julie Nichols, PhD UofA, UniSA Architecture

Host / MC:

Anna Leditschke, PhD Scholar

When? Tuesday October 13th 2015 from 5.30

Where? West Bar 58 North Terrace (UniSA City West Campus)

RSVP via facebook event invitation or email

AECURN SA – In Conversation with Hans and Julie

Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network