Title: The Smart State test: a critical review of the Smart State Strategy 2005-2015's Knowledge-Based Urban Development

Authors: Timothy Hortz

Addresses: Queensland University of Technology, 2 George St., Brisbane QLD, Australia

Abstract: The State of Queensland has matured through its puberty as a resources-driven regional economy into a diversifying public and professional services economy. The former Beattie Government's Smart Queensland: Smart State Strategy 2005-2015 vision represented the beginning of a transgenerational approach to planning for economic development that was unprecedented in Queensland. At its expiration it is now appropriate to review the effectiveness of the strategy and whether it achieved its vision and to what extent the strategy catalysed Knowledge-Based Urban Development in Brisbane its spinoff policies aspired to, and contemporary economic development theory suggested. This paper examines the effectiveness of the Smart State Strategy; identifies and analyses the shortcomings and barriers for Knowledge-Based Urban Development in Brisbane; ascertains the limitations of public policy development for urban planning; and summarises a number of lessons learned that may inform improved frameworks for intelligent urban planning for globalised economic development.

Keywords: Smart Queensland; Smart State Strategy; knowledge-based development; intelligent urban development; economic development; Australia; public policy; urban planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2016.075434

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2016 Vol.7 No.1, pp.75 - 101

Received: 26 Oct 2015
Accepted: 18 Nov 2015

Published online: 22 Mar 2016 *

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