City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Overturning perceptions: migration, renewal and the new Western City

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Event details


June 5, 2017, 3 p.m. - June 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m.


Blacktown Civic Centre 62 Flushcombe Road Blacktown, NSW 2148

A rare, ‘must attend’ event for anyone involved in migrant services, community development or social planning took place on June 5. The seminar explored a range of misconceptions about the nature and impact of multi-cultural diversity.

Drawing the insights from recent research on Western Sydney’s diverse communities, the seminar offered critical perspectives on the central role that migrant communities play in the process of place making, renewal and suburban growth in Western Sydney.

Western Sydney is renowned for its multi-cultural social character and is home to the most diverse mix of communities in Australia. This long-standing diversity has brought with it both positive and negative perceptions from elsewhere in the Sydney region.

Hosted by Blacktown City Council, the event featured two speakers from UNSW’s world leading City Futures Research Centre. Dr Hazel Easthope will present her research on “Affordability barriers to migrant settlement in Australia’s ‘gateway suburbs'” and Assoc Prof Ryan Allen, currently visiting from the University of Minnesota, will present his current research on “Religious and ethnic residential segregation in Western Sydney".

Their presentations was followed by a Q&A session with a panel including Kerry Robinson (General Manager, Blacktown City Council), Heather Nesbitt (Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission) and the researchers.

If you would like to see the presentations, please click below:

Affordability barriers to migrant settlement in Australia’s ‘gateway suburbs - Dr Hazel Easthope

Religious and ethnic residential segregation in Western Sydney - A/Prof Ryan Allen