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Think tanks such as the Economist Intelligence Unit routinely rank Australia’s major cities as amongst the world’s most liveable, but how well are we faring, really, from one neighborhood to the next? This Salon will tackle this question with two leading experts in healthy liveable communities: Professor Billie Giles-Corti and Dr Iain Butterworth.

Some recent quotes from the mainstream press suggest that perhaps Australia’s cities don’t deserve those top ratings:

While the criteria the Economist Intelligence Unit uses to determine “livability” mentions indicators like public healthcare and education, it’s very quiet on things like public housing, social welfare and inequality… I doubt the judges that keep putting Melbourne on top of their list pay much attention to the city’s record number of homeless people, or the fact that begging is illegal there

Melbourne's population boom masks Victoria's economic woes… ‘Let me put it this way, economic growth that's only driven by population growth is not really worth having, as it is not improving people's living conditions’

Are Melbourne's sprawling outer suburbs destined to become ghettos?

Until recently, limited systematic research has examined the influence of ‘liveability’ on health and wellbeing, and even less attention has been paid to how best to measure ‘liveability’ within a policy context. Global liveability rankings of whole cities mask the extreme differences in liveability from one precinct to the next.

Drawing on her world-leading expertise and ground-breaking research, Prof Billie Giles-Corti will share her research findings and recommendations for addressing the urban development issues and opportunities facing Australia’s capital cities. Acting as discussant, Dr Iain Butterworth will explore this topic (i) from his perspective as a research broker, knowledge translator and one of Prof Giles-Corti’s key industry partners; and (ii) from his impending Fulbright Alumni research grant to build links between Liveability, WHO Healthy Cities Program, the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and the UN Global Compact- Cities Programme.

The event commences at 6 pm with a fully-catered cocktail reception. We proudly thank the University of Melbourne for sponsoring this event.

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