Integrated Planning with Social Logics in Melbourne and Buenos Aires

Hayley Henderson - PhD Completion Seminar

Melbourne School of Design Japanese Room

This research was concerned with integrated planning practices that aim to reduce disadvantage in Melbourne, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Disadvantage is reflected through increased socio-spatial polarisation in both cities, with worsening spatial clustering of households on relatively low incomes. Integrated planning has been used in both cities since the early-1990s in ways that seek to overcome the shortfalls of traditional urban policy, for example through programs that spatially target inequality and bring together multiple stakeholders, in an effort to produce more coordinated and effective policy responses. Through qualitative and comparative methods, this doctoral study examined multiple experiences of integrated planning that aimed to reduce disadvantage in both contexts.

Specifically, it employed a conceptual framework for understanding how to reduce disadvantage through planning by marrying the Theory of Social Logics (Fincher and Iveson, 2008) and understandings of practical wisdom (Davoudi, 2015; Hillier, 2002; Flyvbjerg, 2001). This thesis reports the research findings, commencing with a localised and grounded understanding of integrated planning and then expounding the conditions necessary for integrated planning with social logics to occur and be sustained over time. It also reports in detail the common barriers to the formal policy and governance structures required for integrated planning to reduce disadvantage, as well as the informal strategies and tactics of urban planners in pursuing social logics despite unfavourable conditions. Finally, it offers recommendations for the design of policy and urban governance structures to pursue integrated planning for reducing disadvantage, as well as a theoretical proposition for a phronetic Theory of Social Logics.

Hayley Henderson is an urban planner and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne. Her research explores the formal structures and informal dynamics of urban governance, in particular, experiences of integrated planning with a focus on reducing disadvantage.

Dr David Nichols

Professor Brendan Gleeson
Dr Sophie Sturup

Advisory Committee:
Professor Ruth Fincher
Dr David Nichols
Mr Daniel Kozak