The Great Green Debate: Is Urbanisation Sustainable?

Is Urbanisation Sustainable? The Great Green Debate returns for the tenth year in a row to debate one of the most important challenges of the decade.

In 2014, the United Nations reported that 54 per cent of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas. Estimates suggest this number is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. The global implications of such a movement of people present both opportunities and challenges as urbanisation manifests differently across the globe.

This year, the Great Green Debate casts a critical lens on the meaning and effects of urbanisation. What does urbanisation mean for Australia’s already urbanised cities? What kinds of effects will urbanisation have on health, the environment, culture and wellbeing? Can our cities support larger populations? Fundamentally, is urbanisation sustainable?

Please join the ANU Sustainability Learning Community and ANU Global Challenges Learning Community as the question, 'is urbanisation sustainable?' is debated with our esteemed panel of speakers:

Dr Nick Rose (Sustain: The Australian Food Network, William Angliss Institute)

Prof Markus Brueckner (ANU College of Business & Economics)

Prof Michael Buxton (RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies)

Caroline Le Couteur (ACT Greens Candidate for Murrumbidgee)

Frank Fenner Foundation (pending)

Other pannelists TBC.

Chair: Rod Campbell (The Australia Institute)

There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

All are welcome to this free, public event.

Refreshments will be available after the debate. Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Please register at Eventbrite for catering purposes.

Please note that the Law Lecture Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Please contact Elena or Karan ( or if you have any questions or concerns about access or the event generally.