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    Cities & Successful Societies

    November 28 - December 1, Fitzroy, Melbourne
    Hosted by The Australian Catholic University


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You can now access the *Conference Program as well as the Program at a Glance and the Concurrent Program documents separately. The November 29 12:10pm, 2016 Addendum Sheet can be accessed here. 

The Conference Proceedings are available here (4MB Pdf) and the Conference Book of Abstracts here. For a separate, alphabetically ordered Index of the Book of Abstracts content, please click index

*the Concurrent Program document, that sits within this Conference Program, is not up-to-date. Please refer to the separate Concurrent Program.

About TASA 2016

The Australian Catholic University is proud to host The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference for 2016. This year’s conference, which will explore the theme ‘Cities and Successful Societies’, will take place at ACU’s Fitzroy Campus in the heart of Melbourne City between 28 November and 1 December. Melbourne is a fitting location for TASA 2016. As the ‘World’s Most Livable City’ (The Economist) and the ‘Second Best Student City in the World’ (QR University Rankings), Melbourne is frequently cited by politicians, economists and planners as an exemplar 21st century global city. Yet despite its reputation as a cultural hub and tourist destination, the city is also home to many social problems found in ‘less successful’ societies. From record housing unaffordability, growing inequality to a domestic violence epidemic, Melbourne provides a unique lens through which to study the byproducts faced by so-called successful societies.

If Australia is the ‘lucky country’ and Melbourne the world’s most livable city, then just what do we mean when we label a city or society successful? What are the preconditions of human flourishing? Are Melburnians and Australians ‘happy’? Is there such a thing as an acceptable level of housing and income in/equality? To what extent must environmental and sustainability concerns be central considerations of daily life? What is the base level of respect and dignity with which we must treat our most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society? How do we overcome differences of belief to build a socially cohesive and inclusive society? These are the questions at the heart of the intellectual programme of this year’s TASA conference.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. You can follow Michèle on Twitter.

Michèle Lamont






Professor Bryan S. Turner, Director of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University and Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York. Winner of the 2015 Max Planck Award.

Bryan S. Turner






Professor Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology and Political Economy at the University of Sydney. You can follow Sujatha on Twitter.

Sujatha Fernandes







Scholarship donations: TASA’s Executive is committed to assisting postgraduate students to be active members of the Australian sociological community. We can do this by contributing to their conference registration for TASA 2016 in Melbourne, and we ask for your financial support to help us do so.

TASA has partnered with Goodwill Wines to raise funds to support member activities, specifically thematic group events. All wines are vegan, and all are – we have it on good authority – delicious! TASA receives 50% of the profits of wine purchased through the Goodwill site. So, please feel free to support TASA!

To access the abstracts and papers from the 2015 conference in Cairns, please go to the TASAweb page here.