Greater Cities Podcast

A podcast about the future of cities. Join leading thinkers from Australia and around the world as we talk about what makes a city great.

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Join us in conversation with Australian and international city experts. Over six episodes, these experts share how we can live in greater cities if we reimagine them. How can we make cities more equitable, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to live, work and visit?

This podcast was produced by the Greater Cities Commission in partnership with The Business of Cities.

Join us in conversation with Australian and international city experts. Over six episodes, these experts share how we can live in greater cities if we reimagine them. How can we make cities more equitable, productive, sustainable and enjoyable places to live, work and visit?

This podcast was produced by the Greater Cities Commission in partnership with The Business of Cities.

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Episode 1

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

This episode explores how, where and why the multi-city region approach can create happier and healthier cities. How does connecting cities help address the challenges affecting cities today, like affordable homes?

Episode 2

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

For a city to be truly great, everyone needs to feel they belong. In this episode, leaders from diverse communities share their insights into how we can rebalance social and economic opportunity and improve access and inclusion and housing affordability to develop fairer cities that benefit everyone. 

Episode 3

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

This episode talks about sustainable cities – the pressing need to adapt to our changing climate and how reducing emissions is critical to our future. Australian and international experts discuss the roadmap to net zero emissions and highlight innovative case studies that are already reducing our cities’ impacts.

Episode 4

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

This episode talks more about sustainable cities – how we are navigating our changing climate, adapting to extreme weather events and reducing the impact of flooding, fires and heatwaves. Australian and international experts discuss how cities are transforming how they use resources and energy to reduce our collective environmental impact. 

Episode 5

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

How do some cities become centres of innovation? What is their secret to success, and what economic and social benefits can follow?

Cities with strong ideas industries were more economically resilient and rebounded faster from the pandemic. This episode explores the global phenomenon of innovation districts and how, with careful nurturing, they can foster new ideas, attract talent, and enable creative collaborations between research, education and industry. 

Episode 6

Greater Cities is a podcast series about the future of cities. Each episode will challenge listeners to look at the big issues facing our cities, with insights from leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.

City regions around the world are thriving through adversity, continuing to draw people to them with their unique combinations of activities and opportunities. What can we learn from their experiences to shape the cities of the future?

This episode focuses on the international experiences of city regions and explores how they are busting myths about cities and offering new opportunities for resilience and prosperity for their communities.