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Dr Jason Prior

Associate Member, Centre for Social & Cultural Change in China Investment

Architect, MPIA CPP, BArch (hon) (UTS), PhD (UNSW)

Member, Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand

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Email: Jason.Prior@uts.edu.au
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Biography

Jason Prior is a planner, architect and social researcher who researches improved decision-making, governance and planning for institutional, urban and regional futures. He builds on his trans-disciplinary background in planning, urban design, architecture, property development and property rights, geography and sociology to obtain a clearer understanding of the role of social and cultural processes within these futures.

His doctoral research, for example, explored the interplay of built form, governance, planning and social identity within the 20th- century urban context.

Jason’s portfolio of current research includes the NextGen Affordable Housing Project; creating a sustainability indicator framework for Australian tourism and studying the relationship between communities and technologies. He uses a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, supported by such technologies as Nvivo, SPSS and GIS, and has developed recognised skills in problem solving and the facilitation of processes.

Jason is also an associate member of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Complex Real Property Rights (APCCRPR), the China Research Centre and the Centre of Contemporary Design Practice (CCDP).

Teaching areas

Jason’s area of expertise is in research that supports improved decision-making, governance and planning for institutional, urban and regional futures through a clearer understanding of the role that social and cultural processes play within these futures.

Jason works across the broad spectrum of the Institute’s ‘research areas’ with a particular focus on:

  • Cities and buildings
  • Local government
  • Resource futures
  • Social dimensions of sustainability.

Research

Research areas
  • Cities and buildings
  • Local government
  • Resource futures
  • Social dimensions of sustainability

Research supervision: Yes

Projects

Publications

Research book chapters

Prior, J.H. & Harfield, S. 2012, 'Health, well-being and vulnerable populations' in Smith, S.J., Elsinga, M., O'Mahony, L.F., Eng, O.S., Watcher, S. and Hamnett, C. (eds), International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier, London, UK, pp. 355-361.
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Prior, J.H. 2012, 'Neighbourhood disadvantage' in Smith, S.J., Elsinga, M., O'Mahony, L.F., Eng, O.S., Watcher, S. and Hamnett, C. (eds), International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier, London, UK, pp. 43-49.
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Prior, J.H. 2012, 'The manifestation of queer theology: The act of 'promulgating universal joy and expiating stigmatic guilt' through the (re)inscription of rituals, artefacts, devotional practices and place' in Cusack, C.M. and Norman, A. (eds), Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 705-736.
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Crofts, P. & Prior, J.H. 2011, 'Oscillations in the regulation of the sex industry in New South Wales, Australia: Disorderly or pragmatic?' in Dalla, R.L., Baker, L.M., DeFrain, J. and Williamson, C. (eds), Global Perspectives on Prostitution and Sex Trafficking, Lexington Books, Plymouth, United Kingdom, pp. 257-275.

Prior, J.H. & Crofts, P. 2011, 'Queerying urban governance: the emergence of sex industry premises into the planned city' in Doan, P. (eds), Queerying Planning, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, New York, pp. 185-208.
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Cusack, C.M. & Prior, J.H. 2010, 'Religion, sexuality and retribution: placing the other in Sydney' in Cusack, C. and Hartney, C. (eds), Religion and Retribution logc: Essays in Honour of Professor Garry W. Trompf, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 347-368.
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Ossher, M. & Prior, J.H. 2007, 'Expanding the spaces of the self' in Meares, R.; Nolan, P. (eds), The Self in Conversation Volume VI, ANZAP Books, Sydney, pp. 57-67.
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Book chapters (other)

Prior, J.H. & Cusack, C.M. 2010, 'Ritual, liminality and transformation: secular spirituality in Sydney's gay bathhouses' in Hunt, S. (eds), New Religions and Spiritualities, Ashgate, Surrey, UK, pp. 271-281.

Ossher, M. & Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Self and Susceptibility to Ruination' in Russell Meares & Pauline Nolan (eds), The Self in Conversation Vol VII, ANZAP Books, Sydney, pp. 139-151.

Prior, J.H. 2007, 'Baths, Public: West, Middle Ages - Present' in Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Macmillan Reference USA, Farmington Hills, Mississippi, pp. 119-121.

Refereed journal articles

Giurco, D., Prior, J.H. & Boydell, S. 2014, 'Industrial ecology and carbon property rights', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. June, no. June.
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Bartel, R., Graham, N.G., Jackson, S., Prior, J.H., Robinson, D.F., Sherval, M. & Williams, S. 2013, 'Legal geography: An Australian perspective', Geographical Research, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 339-353.
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Crofts, P., Prior, J.H. & Hubbard, P. 2013, 'Policing, planning and sex: governing bodies, spatially', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 51-69.
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Hubbard, P., Boydell, S., Crofts, P., Prior, J.H. & Searle, G.H. 2013, 'Noxious neighbours? Interrogating the impacts of sex premises in residential areas', Environment and Planning A, vol. 45, pp. 126-141.
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Hubbard, P. & Prior, J.H. 2013, 'Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind? Prostitution Policy And The Health, Well-being And Safety Of Home-based Sex Workers', Critical Social Policy, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 140-159.
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Prior, J.H., Crofts, P. & Hubbard, P. 2013, 'Planning, law, and sexuality: Hiding immorality in plain view', Geographical Research, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 354-363.
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Prior, J.H., Hubbard, P. & Birch, P. 2013, 'Sex worker victimization, modes of working, and location in New South Wales, Australia: A geography of victimization', Journal of Sex Research, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 574-586.
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Crofts, P., Maher, J., Pickering, S. & Prior, J.H. 2012, 'Ambivalent Regulation: The Sexual Services Industries in NSW and Victoria - Sex Work as Work, or as Special Category?', Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 393-412.
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Crofts, P. & Prior, J.H. 2012, 'Home Occupation or Brothel? Selling Sex from Home in New South Wales', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 127-143.
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Crofts, P. & Prior, J.H. 2012, 'Intersections of Planning and Morality in the Regulation and Regard of Brothels in New South Wales', Flinders Law Journal, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 329-357.
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Prior, J.H. & Crofts, P. 2012, 'Effects of sex premises on neighbourhoods: Residents, local planning and the geographies of a controversial land use', New Zealand Geographer, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 130-140.
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Prior, J.H. & Cusack, C.M. 2012, 'Identity and ruins: Personal integration and urban disintegration understood through a touristic lens', Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 156-170.
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Prior, J.H., Boydell, S. & Hubbard, P. 2012, 'Nocturnal rights to the city: Property, propriety and sex premises in Inner Sydney', Urban Studies, vol. 49, no. 8, pp. 1837-1852.
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Prior, J.H. & Tavano Blessi, G. 2012, 'Social capital, local communities and culture-led urban regeneration processes: the Sydney Olympic Park experience', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 78-96.
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Prior, J.H. & Cusack, C.M. 2010, 'Spiritual dimensions of self-transformation in Sydney's gay bathhouses', Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 71-97.
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Prior, J.H. & Herriman, E.J. 2010, 'The emergence of community strategic planning in New South Wales, Australia: influences, challenges and opportunities', Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, vol. 7, no. November 2010, pp. 1-33.
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Boydell, S., Sheehan, J.B. & Prior, J.H. 2009, 'Carbon property rights in context', Environmental Practice, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 105-114.
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Prior, J.H. 2009, 'Experiences beyond the threshold: Sydney's gay bathhouses', Australian Cultural History, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 61-77.
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Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Planning for Sex in the City: urban governance, planning and the placement of sex industry premises in inner Sydney', Australian Geographer, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 339-352.
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Prior, J.H. & Cusack, C.M. 2008, 'Ritual, liminality and transformation: secular spirituality in Sydney's gay bathhouses', Australian Geographer, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 271-281.
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Prior, J.H. 2008, 'The role of local government in redressing neighbourhood disadvantage: a case study from Penrith City Council', Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-22.
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Journal articles

Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Community hubs: thinking strategically about the future role of community organisations and social services in urban centres', New Planner, vol. June 2008, pp. 16-18.

Refereed conference papers

Prior, J.H., Lederwasch, A.J. & Plant, R.A. 2011, 'From liability to value: Analysis of land remediation decision-making processes in two Australian cities', State of Australian Cities National Conference, Melbourne, November 2011 in Proceedings of the Fifth State of Australian Cities National Conference 2011, ed Whitzman, C. and Fincher, R., Australian Cities and Regions Network (ACRN), Melbourne, pp. 1-12.

Searle, G.H., Boydell, S., Crofts, P., Hubbard, P. & Prior, J.H. 2011, 'The local impacts of sex industry premises: Imagination, reality and implications for planning', World Planning Schools Congress, Perth, Western Australia, July 2011 in Proceedings of the World Planning Schools Congress 2011, ed Maginn, P., Global Planning Education Association Network (GPEAN), University of Western Australia, Perth.

Harfield, S. & Prior, J.H. 2010, 'A bright new suburbia? G.J. Dusseldorp and the development of the Kingsdene Estate', Green Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields: Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 2010 in Green Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields: Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference (CD-ROM)., ed Nichols, D., Hurlimann, A., Mouat, C. and Pascoe, S., Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-13.
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Prior, J.H. & Boydell, S. 2010, 'Understanding property rights in carbon: a methodological inquiry', COBRA Legal Research Symposium, Dauphine Universite, Paris, France, September 2010 in CIB W113 Papers on Law and Dispute Resolution in Property, Construction and the Built Environment, ed Working Commission on Law and Dispute Resolution (W113),, CIB Working Commission on Law and Dispute Resolution in Property, Construction and Built Env (W113), Paris, France, pp. 45-61.
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Prior, J.H. & Harfield, S. 2010, 'Urban purity and danger: the turbulence associated with contamination in suburban Australia', Green Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields: Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference, Melbourne, Australia, February 2010 in Green Fields, Brown Fields, New Fields: Proceedings of the 10th Australasian Urban History, Planning History Conference (CD-ROM)., ed Nichols, D., Hurlimann, A., Mouat, C. and Pascoe, S., Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-15.
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Boydell, S., Sheehan, J.B., Prior, J.H. & Hendy, S. 2009, 'Carbon property rights, cities and climate change', Urban Research Symposium, Marseille, France, June 2009 in Fifth Urban Research Symposium: Papers and Presentations Website, ed World Bank, Urban Research Symposium, World Bank, France, pp. 1-16.
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Boydell, S., Crofts, P., Prior, J.H., Jakubowicz, A.H. & Searle, G.H. 2009, 'Sex in the city: regulations, rights and responsibilities in Sydney', State of Australian Cities Conference, Perth, Australia, November 2009 in State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, ed Maginn P. J., Jones R., Haslam-Mackenzie F., Boruff, B., Clifton, J., Giles-Corti, B., Khan, S., Martin, G., Paulin, S., Perkins, T., Shaw, B.J., Tonts, M. and Van Niel, K, Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd and DiskBank, Perth, Australia, pp. 1-24.
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Giurco, D., Prior, J.H. & Boydell, S. 2009, 'Future Latrobe Valley scenarios for a carbon-constrained world: industrial ecology, environmental impacts and property rights', Solutions for a Sustainable Planet, Melboune, Australia, November 2009 in SSEE 2009 International Conference Website, ed Nair, J., Mudd, G. and Collins, D., Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (SSEE), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-13.
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Prior, J.H. & Partridge, E.Y. 2009, 'Experiencing the toxic city: effects of contamination and its remediation on individuals and communities in urban Australia', State of Australian Cities Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November 2009 in State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, ed Maginn, P. and Jones, R., Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd and DiskBank, Western Australia, pp. 1-16.
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Prior, J.H. & Partridge, E.Y. 2009, 'Practitioners' views on the past, present and future of social planning in Australia', State of Australian Cities Conference, Perth, Australia, November 2009 in State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, ed Maginn P. J., and Jones R. and Haslam-Mackenzie F.with Boruff, B., Clifton, J., Giles-Corti, B., Khan, S., Martin, G., Paulin, S., Perkins, T., Shaw, B.J., Tonts, M. and Van Niel, ., Promaco Conventions, Perth, Australia, pp. 1-18.
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Prior, J.H. & Harfield, S. 2009, 'Towards a philosophy of social planning: cities and social planning', State of Australian Cities Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November 2009 in State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, ed Maginn, P. and Jones, R., Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd and DiskBank, Western Australia, pp. 1-22.
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Harfield, S. & Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Imagining Suburbia as the Roots of Sea-Change and Tree-Change: A Study of Sydney and Melbourne Media', Urban History Planning History (Australasia), Caloundra, February 2008 in Proceedings: 9th Australasian Urban History / Planning History Conference, ed Finch, L., CD-ROM / University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, pp. 1-11.
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Prior, J.H. & Harfield, S. 2008, 'A vexed terrain: exploring assumptions and preconceptions around planning education in universities', Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning schools, Sydney, Australia, September 2008 in Conference Proceedings, ANZAPS Conference 2008, ed Thompson, S; Gurran, N; Phibbs,P; Searle,G, Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools, Sydney, Australia, pp. 35-45.
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Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Creating 'sustainable' communities: new directions for community development within Australia's master planned communities', Community Development and Ecology: engaging ecological sustainability through community development, Deakin University, Melbourne, March 2008 in Community Development and Ecology: engaging ecological sustainability through community development conference proceedings, ed Clarke, M., Connors, P., Dillon, J., Kelly, M. & Kenny, S., Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 330-352.
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Prior, J.H. 2007, 'Amongst the ruins: a study of urban decay and sexuality', Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries, Sydney, February 2007 in Queer Spaces: Centres and Peripheries - Conference Proceedings, ed Prior, J; Stead, N, UTS, Sydney, Sydney, pp. 1-5.
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Prior, J.H. 2007, 'Redressing neighbourhood disadvantage: towards a sustainable partnership model driven by local government', State of Australian Cities Conference, Adelaide, November 2007 in State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, ed Causal Productions, SOAC, Adelaide, pp. 1-12.
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Prior, J.H. 2006, 'Sexuality, governance and urban space: the sexual restructuring of Sydney', Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, September 2006 in Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, ed McMinn, T., Stephens, J. and Basson, S., Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 447-452.
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Conference papers

Lederwasch, A.J., Prior, J.H., Boydell, S., Chong, J. & Plant, R.A. 2011, 'Opportunities for value creation: An institutional analysis of remediation decision-making processes at three Australian sites', CleanUp 2011, Adelaide, South Australia, September 2011.

Boydell, S., Sheehan, J.B., Prior, J.H. & Hendy, S. 2009, 'Beyond the bundle: expanding our understanding of contemporary property rights', Pacific Rim Real Estate Conference, Sydney, Australia, January 2009 in Pacific Rim Real Estate Society 15th Annual Conference, ed Newell, G., PRRES, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-19.

Prior, J.H., Partridge, E.Y., Plant, R.A. & Ison, N.M. 2009, 'Community experiences, perceptions of and attitudes to contaminated land and its remediation: an analysis of metropolitan and local newspapers in Australia', Australian Technology Park, Sydney NSW, April 2009.

Prior, J.H., Partridge, E.Y. & Plant, R.A. 2009, 'Community perceptions of contaminated land and associated remediation processes', 'Cleanup 09': 3rd International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference, Adelaide, Australia, September 2009 in 3rd International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference: Program and Proceedings, ed CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 62-63.

Boydell, S., Sheehan, J.B. & Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Neoliberal Nature - the carbon property rights conundrum', Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2008, University of Tasmania, Hobart, June 2008 in Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2008 Abstracts, ed Head, L., Institute of Australian Geographers / University of Tasmania, http://www.iag.org.au/conferences-events/past-iag-conferences/, pp. 1-187.

Prior, J.H. & Blessi, G.T. 2008, 'Measuring wellbeing in a (sub)urban future built around urban cultural centres', European Sociological Association's Art, Culture and Public Sphere: Expressive and Instrumental Values in Economic and Sociological Perspectives Joint Conference, Venice, Italy, November 2008 in Art, Culture and Public Sphere: Expressive and Instrumental Values in Economic and Sociological Perspectives (CD-ROM), ed Caliandro, C., IUAV University of Venice, Venice, Italy, pp. 1-20.

Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Sex workers health and safety: safety outcomes', Roundtable on NSW Sex Industry Legislation, Sydney, July 2008.

Prior, J.H. & Boydell, S. 2008, 'The nocturnal landscape of property rights: 'Sex in the City'', The 4Rs Conference: Rights, Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility: Planning a socially inclusive future for Australia, Sydney, September 2008 in The 4Rs Conference: Rights, Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility: Planning a socially inclusive future for Australia, ed Jakubowicz, A. & Alshams, M., UTS, Sydney, Sydney, pp. 1-21.

Prior, J.H., Holden, J. & Miles, A. 2008, 'Violence against sex workers and designing out vulnerability', The 4Rs Conference: Rights, Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility: Planning a socially inclusive future for Australia, Sydney, September 2008 in The 4Rs Conference: Rights, Reconciliation, Respect, Responsibility: Planning a socially inclusive future for Australia, ed Jakubowicz, A., UTS, Sydney, Sydney, pp. 72-72.

Prior, J.H. 2008, 'Violence against sex workers, urban planning and designing out vulnerability', Sex @ work: the ordinary, extraordinary lives of sex workers. The Consortium for Social and Policy Research on HIV, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases, Sydney, Australia, October 2008.

Prior, J.H. 2007, 'Innovations and transformations in urban governance: an analysis of local action planning initiatives with Penrith City and the City of Sydney', State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, Adelaide, November 2007 in State of Australian Cities (SOAC) Conference, ed Causal Productions, SOAC, Adelaide, pp. 1-11.

Prior, J.H. 2007, 'Queer Spaces: Centres and Peripheries - Conference Proceedings', Queer Spaces: Centres and Peripheries, Sydney, February 2007 in Queer Spaces: Centres and Peripheries - Conference Proceedings, ed Prior, J; Stead, N, UTS, Sydney, Sydney, pp. 1-17.

Reports

Moore, D.D. & Prior, J.H. 2013, 'NSW Planning White Paper: Environment & Sustainability Independent Working Group engagement report', Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-43.

Kuruppu, N., McGee, C.M., Murta, J., Prendergast, J., Prior, J.H., Prior, T.D., Retamal, M.L., Usher, J.S. & Zeibots, M.E. 2011, 'Sustainability strategy for the North Ryde Station Precinct Project: Infrastructure and subdivision', Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, Australia.

Plant, R.A., Chong, J., Prior, J.H. & Boydell, S. 2010, 'Value-based land remediation: Improved decision-making for contaminated land. Discussion Paper', Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney, Australia.

Prior, J.H., Partridge, E.Y. 2010, 'The Australian experience: A comparative analysis of the effects of contamination and its remediation on individuals and communities at two Australian sites (CRC CARE Technical Report no.17)', Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 1-108.
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