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 attached here as a Microsoft Word file (1MB). 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 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.

Beyond the City 2018: Draft conference outline

13:00-17:00Registration desk open - Darwin Convention Centre
09:00-09:15MC welcome and welcome to Larrakia Country
09:15-09:35Welcome from the Northern Territory Chief Minister (or Northern Territory Treasurer), Vice Chancellor of Charles Darwin University and/or Darwin Lord Major
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 – 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
08:45-09:30Plenary 3 – Professor Peter McDonald (University of Melbourne)
09:30-10:45    Concurrent Session #4 (3 papers per session)
10:45-11:05Morning tea
11:05-12:45Concurrent session #4
12:45-14:05Launch and APA Council meeting
14:05-15:45Concurrent session #5
15:45-16:05Afternoon tea
16:05-17:20Concurrent Session #6 (3papers per session)
18:30-21:30Conference Dinner – open air Territory style (Bicentennial Park, the Esplanade, Darwin CBD)
Friday 20 JULY
09.00-09:45Plenary 4 – Associate Professor Andrey Petrov (University of Northern Iowa)
09:45-10:00Announcing the winner of Australian Population Studies data visualisation competition
10:00-10:20Morning tea
10:20-12:00Concurrent sessions #7
12:00-13:00Lunch and poster session
14:15-14:45Closing session
14:45-15:30Afternoon tea and departures

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