Australian Urban Planners: Hybrid Roles and Professional Dilemmas?

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Title Australian Urban Planners: Hybrid Roles and Professional Dilemmas?
Author Steele, Wendy Elizabeth
Journal Name Urban Policy and Research
Editor Glen Searle
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract ABSTRACT This article argues that a hybrid role for urban planners has emerged within the largely neoliberalised spaces of contemporary Australian governance. This role is one that transcends previously rigid or clearly defined sectoral positions to blend public, private and community responsibilities in novel and complex ways. The first section of the article briefly sketches the historical shifts that have led to this hitherto unseen hybrid role. The second section explores the notion of hybridity as a paradoxical professional 'third space' where dominant ideological discourses shaping planning practices such as neoliberalism can be both resisted and/or reinforced. Whilst the third section of the article shifts to ground the hybridity metaphor in real people and places through selected narratives from case study research into the shift to performance-based planning in Queensland under the 'Integrated Planning Act 1997'. Finally, the future of this hybrid professional role is considered within the context of an uncertain global financial climate. KEY WORDS: Hybridity, urban planner, neoliberalism, professionalism
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111140902908873
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in Urban Policy and Research Volume 27, Issue 2 June 2009 , pages 189 - 203. Urban Policy and Research is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 27
Issue Number 2
Page from 189
Page to 203
ISSN 0811-1146
Date Accessioned 2009-07-31
Date Available 2010-08-02T07:16:50Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Urban and Regional Planning
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28574
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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