This paper considers the changing relationship between economic prosperity and Australian suburbs, noting that what has been termed “the first suburban nation” in experiencing an intensification of suburban growth in the 2000s, in the context of economic globalization. The paper reports on a three-year Australian Research Council funded project into “Creative Suburbia”, identifying the significant percentage of the creative industries workforce who live in suburban areas. Drawing on case studies from suburbs in the Australian cities of Brisbane and Melbourne, it notes the contrasts between the experience of these workers, who are generally positive towards suburban life, and the underlying assumptions of “creative cities” policy discourse that such workers prefer to be concentrated in high-density inner urban creative clusters.
|Keywords:||Cities, Suburbs, Creative Industries, Creative Workforce, Urban Cultural Policy, Networks, Representation, Globalization, Suburbanization|
Professor of Media and Communication, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia