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About the authors

Scott Baum
Scott Baum has had a long standing interest in understanding the social conditions that shape local communities and the lives of their residents. He is an Australian Research Council Fellow in the Urban Research Program at Griffith University. His work has appeared in international journals including Urban Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Accident Analysis and Prevention and The Journal of Sociology. Scott Baum is on the editorial board of Urban Policy and Research and is the secretary of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association.

Kevin O'Connor
Kevin O’Connor is an economic geographer and Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on understanding economic systems and their impacts on cities and regions, and he has published widely in international and Australian journals. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, and is co-author of Australia’s Changing Economic Geography: A Society Dividing (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Melbourne 2030: Planning Rhetoric Versus Urban Reality (Monash University ePress, 2005).

Robert Stimson
Robert Stimson is Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Research into Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (CR-SURF) at the University of Queensland, and is convenor of the Australian Research Council Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science. He has published widely on urban, economic and behavioural geography, housing and housing policy, and urban and regional development and planning. He is president of the Regional Science Association International and is on the editorial board of several international journals including Papers in Regional Science.