A reader of my OpEd in today’s The Age (Problems with fringe-dwellers are peripheral) asked for more information on sources. That sort of technical detail is not welcomed by newspapers. So I’ve set out some of the key sources I’ve used over the fold. I’ve only included those where there is a link on the web (i.e. no gated academic journals).
The data on jobs is from my own research – see this presentation to the Creative Suburban Geographies conference at QUT last year
Data on the relative density of cities can be found here at Demographia and in this OpEd in The Age last year by Dr Paul Mees, We can keep our leafy backyards and save the planet. See also this more detailed paper by Dr Mees.
Information on the level of dwelling construction in the metropolitan area can be found in Chapter 3 of Looking back, looking forward: urban policy for metropolitan Melbourne, by Birrell et al
The Public Transport Users Association has an analysis of population density in inner vs outer suburbs, here
The Australian Natural Resources Atlas provides an estimate of the area of agricultural land in Australia
The discussion of car ownership in the suburbs relied largely on the analysis of Currie and Sensberg and Currie and Delbosc. Travel distances were calculated from data collected for the Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity
The contention that inner city households have a bigger environmental footprint than suburban households is supported by ACF’s Consumption Atlas. See also Household environmental pressure from consumption: an Australian environmental atlas by Dey et al.