Re-thinking Melbourne in a network of world cities – Public Lecture

Date/Time: Wed 07 Dec / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: State Library Victoria / Village Roadshow Theatrette

Re-thinking Melbourne in a network of world cities: place-making, livability and transformation


As the Victorian Government releases a new strategic plan for Melbourne, Plan Melbourne Refresh, it’s an ideal time to consider the implications of Melbourne as city in a network of world cities.

Monash Geographers invite you to a public lecture and panel discussion on 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?

Professor Ben Derudder, a leading international researcher on world city networks, will discuss different world city rankings and draw upon Melbourne as an example of how cities use livability rankings for marketing and to provide insights into how cities compare to other global urban environments:

” 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.”


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

This is a free event but please register your attendance here

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