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RESEARCH | Infrastructure Governance

We are pleased to report that Linda has now completed her Master of Planning (Professional) from Deakin University, receiving a grade of 90% or High Distinction for her thesis. Titled Infrastructure governance: a policy and discourse analysis of intergovernmental relations in two major infrastructure projects in South East Queensland, the thesis examined infrastructure decision making and intergovernmental dynamics through a discourse and policy analysis to investigate intergovernmental dynamics. The intention is to consider the ways in which infrastructure decision-making is embedded in narratives of urban governance so as to investigate governance practice. The research is grounded in a phronetic approach and developed through two case studies in South East Queensland urban centres: Gold Coast Rapid Transit and Brisbane BaT Tunnel.

Decision and policy making in relation to major infrastructure continues to hinge on political influences and intergovernmental relations. Drawing on complexity theory, planning theory and policy analysis, intergovernmental dynamics and power relations of infrastructure decision-making, as revealed through the case studies, will be examined. This will highlight the ways in which urban infrastructure projects are negotiated among government stakeholders and how governance processes take shape. A comparative examination of the case studies reveals that governance practices involving the levels of government tend to be hierarchical and political rather than networked. This thesis is principally concerned with the interactions and relations between Federal and State government with a view to ascertaining whether deliberative and discursive relations are impacting the processes of infrastructure governance; a changing narrative of infrastructure and governance is acknowledged. There is consideration of how policy deliberation can reframe infrastructure governance as well as trigger assessment of the role of government.

Networked governance is of particular interest to Linda in her consideration of the complex relations and conditions of urban and infrastructure planning and development in the Federal system and as it involves a wide range of stakeholders. The research paper is available online at Academia.edu.



  Sue wrote @

Congratulations Linda. Sounds like interesting and worthwhile research.

  lcarroli wrote @

Thanks Sue. It is a pleasing result and I am looking forward to continuing my research in this field.

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