Understanding the role of a given place in the network of human activities is critical when considering regional policies or local strategies. This paper applies a network lens to the spatial pattern of service provision in Australia. It considers the locations of services and their distribution in order to approximate catchment populations, develop population thresholds for each service, and order each service type. From there, the paper establishes a hierarchy of cities, towns and villages and uses this to explore connections between them.
- Experimental analysis of networked service provision and hierarchies