Infrastructure Management

Managing markets to reduce gender bias and maximize community benefits

“It is crucial that local governments ensure markets are safe spaces for women. Many marketplace vendors are women. Marketplaces offer women the opportunity to advance their socioeconomic status, protect their livelihoods and improve overall well-being. But the gender bias built into markets’ organizational structure and management culture impedes women from taking these opportunities. In fact, …

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Achievements in 2020 #3

Dr Penny Burns hosted the Talking Infrastructure Workshop, in Adelaide in February 2020 on ‘Modern Monetary Theory and its relevance for Infrastructure Decision Making’.  She contributed to the “Reshaping Infrastructure” issues Paper May 2020 by Climate Works Australia and to the United Nations Manual on Local Government Asset Management in August 2020. She gave a …

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Nuclear Disarmament, a case for inverted thinking? – Dr Penny Burns

With the Honduras, 50 countries have now ratified the UN Global Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty and there was much celebration. There are 84 signatories, so 34 are still to ratify. None of the 84 have nuclear weapons. Meanwhile countries that do, like the USA, Russia, the UK, France and China, India, Pakistan and North Korea …

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Infrastructure: Its full cost and benefits

Infrastructure is very expensive. And it brings to us and to the next generations enormous benefits. What are we prepared to pay for it? The Productivity Commission has released two volumes of a draft report recommending a “comprehensive overhaul of processes in the assessment and development of public infrastructure projects”. Overhauls are vulnerable moments in …

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Waste Management – a key city infrastructure

Waste is generated by the residents of cities in a manner that continues to change. The last fifty years have brought widespread use of plastics, vast numbers of manufactured chemicals and hazardous waste that extend across land, throughout our oceans and into outer space. Cities’ response to this challenge is on-going and requires an ability …

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