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MCHG 2021 webinar series: Webinar 4 - Bureaucratic power: city planning minus the politics


Patrick Harris


Online Event


Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 12:30 to 13:30

In Webinar 4 of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance, RegNet, Power and the People’s Health series, Patrick Harris will discuss how bureaucratic power has played out in the urban planning sector in Australia and what this means for the people’s health and health equity. Using examples from his research into urban planning in Sydney, Patrick will focus on the practice of ‘post-political’ urban planning. As the name suggests, post political planning removes politics from input into decisions about cities and urban infrastructures. The power of bureaucratic and technical expertise excludes less powerful but more politically diverse experiences with urban places and spaces. Patrick will offer evidence based and theory informed insights into making bureaucracies great again.

About the speaker
Dr. Patrick Harris is deputy director at the Centre for Health Equity Training Research at Evaluation (CHETRE). He is co-located at UNSW and South Western Sydney Local Health District, where he represents CHETRE on the population health directorate. His research focuses on ‘healthy’ public policy, specifically cities, urban and regional planning and infrastructure. He is the president of the NSW Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia.
This event will be delivered online only via Zoom.
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Other events in the MCHG 2021 webinar series:


Webinar 1 - Power and the people's health: a health equity power analysis of multisectoral policy 

Thursday 4 November | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Sharon Friel

Webinar 2 - The politics of regulating baby food in global context

Thursday 11 November | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Phil Baker


Webinar 3 - Theory of action underpinning people’s power: the case of the People’s Health Movement

Thursday 18 October | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Speaker: Fran Baum




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