By 2050, almost three quarters of the world’s population will live in cities.

It’s the best cities that offer their residents a great quality of life; a vibrant and creative vibe with an appetite for debate and new ideas. Great public spaces that people enjoy, safe walking and cycling, reliable and efficient transport. Clean streets, quality affordable housing, meaningful jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. Magnificent buildings and urban infrastructure that engender civic pride, plenty of healthy trees and gardens and a strong sense of connection among residents, young and old from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Based in Adelaide, the Australian Institute of Urban Studies – South Australia (AIUS-SA) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that exists to provoke rich conversation, deep discussion and rigorous debate about urban life in South Australia.

Opportunities to participate in shaping the conversation, discussion and debate about urban life in South Australia, is offered through a range of forums, seminars, events, essays and social media.


President’s Message

Welcome to the AIUS SA.

Adelaide and South Australia’s quality of life and prosperity were born from our desire for the good life.

However, many of the urban issues we grapple with are not unique in the world. In our ambition to genuinely strengthen local conversation, discussion and debate about all aspects of urban life, the AIUS SA endeavours to contribute to better understanding some of the worlds grittiest urban issues.

Established in 1967 and now celebrating its 50th year, the Australian Institute of Urban Studies – South Australia (AIUS SA) is an independent, not-for-profit, member based organisation that exists to provoke rich conversation, deep discussion and rigorous debate about urban life in Adelaide and South Australia.

Opportunities for you to participate in shaping the conversation, discussion and debate about urban life in Adelaide and South Australia, is offered through a range of platforms including forums, seminars, events, essays and social media.

Our theme for 2017 is PIVOT; to identify and influence the key points of impact for each topic, understand the mindset shaping the issue, governance and regulation, public perceptions and information, potential future industry and job opportunities in the endeavour to contribute to building the prosperity of Adelaide and SA.

Throughout 2017 the AIUS SA will be exploring some of the grittiest urban issues for Adelaide, South Australia and beyond including:

  • the future of our energy
  • Adelaide/SA’s mindset – civic and business confidence, ambition and determination
  • the link between inequality and the rise of protest politics
  • cities/urban centres for young people to flourish
  • hemp and medicinal cannabis industries
  • the importance of quality media editorial in democracy
  • housing innovation
  • homelessness/ social innovation economy.

If urban life matters to you, please join us.

Trish Hansen
President, AIUS-SA

Join us at our next event on Wednesday 26th July, 2017

IMPLICATIONS OF HERITAGE/ PLANNING REFORM

Tickets released soon!