Preliminary Program

With the theme of ‘Beyond the City: Who’s out there?’ this Conference covers a range of population and housing issues relevant to industry and Government alike.  We will share research results, review the latest models and techniques, and discuss new data releases. The program will inspire attendees to strive for better outcomes, to build better partnerships and innovative approaches to planning for our future.

On this page, we have two versions of the conference program. The first is the detailed program which is downloadable as a Microsoft Word file (1.6MB). This program is updated as we get closer to the conference and will be finalised just before the conference. If you have any comments about the program please email An overview of the conference is provided in the table below and is designed to provide you with an easy to read a summary of sessions and activities over the three days.

Why ‘Beyond the City’?

Our theme captures the tensions of planning for an urbanising Australia, of the volatility in many of our regions and populations outside the big cities and of issues of growth, transport and planning in the suburbs of our cities. As we’re in Northern Australia, Beyond the City is also about the north of the country and its people, where the largest cities are under 200,000 people. Demography and population studies are the ideal lenses for debate, new research, ideas and theories on these issues as we go ‘Beyond the City’ in looking to the future.

Conference abstracts

Beyond the City 2018: Conference program outline

14:00-17:00Registration desk open - Darwin Convention Centre
09:00-09:20MC welcome and welcome to Larrakia Country
09:20-09:35Welcome from dignitaries (TBA)
09:35-10:20Plenary 1 - Professor Sharon Sassler (Cornell University)
10:20-10:50Morning tea
10:50-12:30Concurrent sessions #1
12:30-13:30   Lunch (served outside of Waterfront 1 and 2 rooms)
13:30-15:10Concurrent sessions #2
15:10-15:35Afternoon tea
15:35-17:15Plenary 2 – Australia at tewnti Five Million: How did we get there and where to next - Andrew Howe (Australian Bureau of Statistics) and Tom Wilson (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)
18:30-20:30Welcome reception at Crocosaurus Cove ( including the Borrie Lecture by Professor Daniel T. Lichter, Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University
09:00-09:45Plenary 3 – Professor Peter McDonald (University of Melbourne)
09:45-11:00    Concurrent Session #3
11:00-11:25Morning tea
11:25-13:05Concurrent session #4
13:05-14:05Lunch and APA Council meeting
14:05-15:45Concurrent session #5
15:45-16:05Afternoon tea
16:05-16:55Concurrent Session #6
18:15-21:30Conference Dinner – open-air Territory style (Bicentennial Park, the Esplanade, Darwin CBD)
Friday 20 JULY
07:30Hugo Memorial Fun Run (organised by Ann Evans)
09:15-10:00Plenary 4 – Associate Professor Andrey Petrov (University of Northern Iowa)
10:00-10:10Announcing the winner of Australian Population Studies data visualisation competition
10:10-10:35Morning tea
10:35-12:15Concurrent sessions #7
13:15-14:15Tour of Darwin's historic and secret WWII tunnels
14:20-14:40Closing session
14:40-15:10Afternoon tea

Paper presentations are 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions/discussion