The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference
Diversity & Urban Growth
25-28 November 2019
Western Sydney University, Parramatta City & South Campuses
GWS has one of the fastest growing populations in the country and has the third largest economy in Australia. It is home to nearly 10% of all Australians, with 35% of its almost 2 million residents born overseas. It is also home to the largest single Indigenous community in the country.
The combination of actors and capabilities in these spaces presents both successes and serious challenges for the region. The success of growth begs the questions of what gets expelled in the development and what are the causes of growing inequality. A little over 50 years since the sociologist Henri Lefebvre declared a ‘right to the city’ (le droit à la ville), the theme of Diversity & Urban Growth has never been more relevant, and will form the theoretical, conceptual and empirical basis for this TASA conference.
There will be keynotes/plenaries from extraordinary scholars such as Maggie Walter, Rob Stones, and Deborah Stevenson. There will also be a number of innovative features at this year’s conference, including sessions with Indigenous peoples and events which seek to engage with the communities and civic structures of the region.