Aerial view of city houses

Spatial inequality and Australian cities in a warming world

There are many dimensions to spatial inequality in Australia. This forum will probe the uneven distribution of the country's economic and environmental resources, with a particular focus on cities.

What does residence in ‘hot Sydney’, mean for your life chances, for those of your children, and for the elderly in your community? How do poorer schools, less green space, fewer trees, reduced public transport, fewer libraries and areas of public airconditioned space work together to exacerbate inequality? How does ‘hot Sydney’ compare to life in suburbs with good health and transport infrastructure, more public space, moderating sea breezes and reduced levels of crime and risk?

This event is part one of the Living in a Warming World series convened by Dr Frances Flanagan.

This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 7 May 2018. There is no podcast for this event.


  • Ollie Jay, Associate Professor in Thermoregulatory Physiology, and Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, and Lead Researcher of the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) Research Node on Climate Adaptation and Health. 
  • Kurt Iveson, Associate Professor in the School of Geoscience at the Unviersity of Sydney, is primarily interested in the question of how social justice can be achieved in cities. Within this broad interest, his previous research has focused on two main areas. Kurt’s current research is focused on the governance of the outdoor media landscape, and on the spatial politics of urban informatics systems.
  • Dr. Abby Mellick Lopes, Senior Lecturer in the design program in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. She is a member of the Digital Humanities Research Group and joined the Institute for Culture and Society in 2016. As a key member of the pioneering research and educational consultancy The EcoDesign Foundation from 1996-2004, she researched design strategies for adaptation to climate change and the ecological impacts of information technologies and infrastructures.
  • Christopher Wright (chair), Professor of Organisational Studies and a member of the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School. His research explores organizational and societal responses to climate change, with particular reference to how managers and business organizations interpret and respond to the climate crisis. He has published on this topic in relation to issues of corporate citizenship, emotionology, organizational justification and compromise, risk, identity and future imaginings. He is the author of the book Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction (Cambridge Uni Press, 2015).

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