Master Classes

Crafting Australian Innovation Precincts: Leadership, Strategy, and Place Making

Fri 1 November 2019Professor Richard HuUniversity of Canberra

Every participant will receive a free copy of our book Crafting Innovative Places for Australia’s Knowledge Economy

COST: $1,200.00 + GST

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm 

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Who Should Attend and Why?

  • Officials and policy makers in areas of innovation, economic development, and smart cities and communities
  • Practitioners and consultants in urban policy and planning, economics, and innovation and entrepreneurship

The Australian Government released Statement of Principles for Australian Innovation Precincts in October 2018 to pursue ‘place-based innovation’ and to encourage ‘bottom-up leadership’ to drive precinct development. This master class is timely to develop best practice leadership, strategy and place making into an art of ‘crafting Australian innovation precinct’.


This master class integrates leadership, policy, planning, economics, and urban design into an approach to crafting innovative places. Exploring new paradigms of innovative places under the framework of globalisation, urbanisation, and new technology, it argues against state-centric policies to innovation and focuses on how a globalised approach can shape innovative capacity and competitiveness. It notably situates the innovative place making paradigm in a broader context of globalisation, urbanisation, the knowledge economy and technological advancement, and employs an international perspective that includes a wide range of case studies from America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Developing a co-design and co-creation paradigm that integrates governments, the private sector and the community into shared understanding and collaborative action in crafting innovative places, it discusses place-based innovation in Australian context to inform policy making and planning, and to contribute to policy debates on programs of smart cities and communities, and the art of ‘crafting Australian innovation precincts’.


  • To have a comprehensive understanding of international best practices of innovation precincts;
  • To have an in-depth understanding of Australian leading innovation precincts, and how they perform in an international comparative context;
  • To develop a suite of ‘crafting’ approaches and tools in terms of leadership, strategy, and place making for Australian innovation precincts.

This one-day master class is built upon the latest book Crafting Innovative Places for Australia’s Knowledge Economy (2019) co-authored by Prof. Edward J. Blakely and Prof. Richard Hu. Each participant will obtain a free copy of the book. Here are several reviews of the book by international leaders and thinkers in innovation precinct:

‘Blakely and Hu have laid out a map of how the driving global trends of innovation and urbanisation are transforming the “Lucky Country”’

Professor Christopher B Leinberger, George Washington University

‘The ‘crafting’ of the title is a carefully and thoughtfully executed act, one the authors have chosen wisely and placed properly in pole position.’

Professor Michael Neuman, University of Westminster

‘This is a “go-to” book (and a wonderful complement to their prolific writings in the urban space), for authorities and aspiring practitioners in Australia and elsewhere.’

Professor Peter M J Fisher, Deakin University

‘Blakey and Hu show how Australian cities can leverage their competitive advantage as highly urbanised and globalised centres to develop the next wave of human ingenuity and commerce that will support vibrant communities and a higher standard of living for our citizens.’

David Borger, Director of the Western Sydney Business Chamber

‘I am excited about how this book legitimises the role of place across all sizes of communities and geographies in growing the knowledge economy that is so vital to the future prosperity of cities and towns.’  

Sandy Burgoyne, Principal of Citizen Cities Australia

‘Synthesising their unparalleled knowledge and experience, Blakely and Hu lay an important foundation for Australian place-led development, governance, and innovation.’

Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces New York


Professor Richard Hu is an urban planner (Australia and US registered) with a wide range of professional experiences in urban policy, planning, and property development and management in multi-national contexts. He is currently a professor at Faculty of Business, Government and Law and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. His research cuts across urban design, urban science, and urban policy to investigate important contemporary issues concerning design excellence, global cities, urban competitiveness and sustainability, and place-based innovation in an environment of increasing uncertainty and change. Richard’s latest projects include ‘Designing the Global City’, ‘Global Shanghai’, ‘Relational Global Cities’, ‘Smart Work and Smart Cities’, and ‘Knowledge Cities in Australia’.

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