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Building Stronger Communities: Learnings, Governance, Directions

Organized by the
PASCAL International Observatory
July 13-14, 2006, Melbourne Australia



Conference announcement

This fourth international conference hosted by the PASCAL Observatory aims to examine the roles played by place management, social capital and learning regions in building stronger communities, through the themes of New Learnings, Better Governance and Future Directions.

The Conference will consider issues concerned with governance and implications for learning and social capital. It will look at how researchers and practitioners can partner to learn, evaluate, extend and deepen good practice.

The Conference line up draws on PASCAL's global network, and includes national and international speakers:

Plenary session – Contemporary Social and Economic Priorities and Practices: How they are Changing – An International Perspective, led by Professor Barry McGraw, University of Melbourne.

Plenary Thematic Discussion – led by Professor David Adams, Executive Director, Strategic Policy & Research Division, Department for Victorian Communities.

Call for papers

The Conference format includes two sessions of concurrent papers.

Researchers from a range of disciplines, practitioners and policy makers are invited to contribute to this discussion to further the understandings and development of Stronger Communities. We invite you to consider your experience and learnings in the context of the conference themes and the resources located on the PASCAL website at http://www.obs-pascal.com/

Abstracts are due by May 22, 2006.

Paper submission

Papers should be submitted in either word or rich text format electronically or by 3.5" floppy disk or CD.

The final date for the submission of papers is the 22 May 2006. It will not be possible to include papers submitted after this date in the conference proceedings.

Papers should be sent to:

Professor Bruce Wilson
Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476V
Melbourne 3001
Email: [email protected]

Please check the paper submission page on the Conference's official web site for further details.


To register, please download the registration form and fax the completed form with payment details by May 22nd to:

Sue Grundy
Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
RMIT University
GPO Box 2476V
Melbourne 3001
Fax: +61 3 9925 2985

Email: [email protected]



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