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 efficent transport, clean streets, quality affordable housing, meaningful jobs and entreprenial opportunities, magnificent buildings and urban infrastructure, plenty of healthy trees and gardens and a strong sense of connection among residents, young and old from diverse 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 and social media.

President’s Message

Welcome to the AIUS-SA.

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.

Trish Hansen
President, AIUS-SA