Reports and Presentations


The SA Creative Bureaucracy Survey (2018) – for the SA Institute for Public Administration – I created this survey for the annual public sector Intrapreneurs Forum. More than 84% of public employees want to contribute more creatively – but a combination of factors make this hard. There is huge untapped potential.

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SA Creative Bureaucracy Survey -2018 by Margie Caust

Smart Sustainable Market District

A project with Climate KIC Australia, the University of Adelaide and Trixie Smith to develop a road map for Adelaide’s Market District as a ‘smart, sustainable district’. Trixie and I also did a preliminary scoping study of the district.

Smart District





Smart Sustainable Market District Report_2020

The SA Bike Economy (2017) – a report exploring how the development of the ‘bike economy’ is creating multiple opportunities for bike related entrepreneurs

‘...this report..provides a vision that’s been lacking in our state but also leads Australia in its scope and ambition’

The Bicycle Institute SA

‘The SA Government commissioned a report by renowned urban strategist Margaret Caust who examined how we can make the most of our established reputation as the key cycling destination in Australia….we have the capacity to better position ourselves as global leaders and to develop local industry on the back of our current success. We are starting to see green shoots already. Start-ups and small businesses in the cycling industry are establishing themselves in SA, but we are keen to make sure that we give them every possible chance to take full advantage of where we currently stand and where we are headed……

Globally, a cycling boom is underway, with future-focused cities making cycling a key mode of transport. This in turn is spurring on new manufacturing industries that focus on design of materials and production. E-bikes—bicycles with an integrated electric motor which can be used to supplement pedalling—are a game changer.’

Kyam Maher, Minister for State Development to SA Parliament

SA Bike Economy Report- Margie Caust (2017)

SA Bike Economy Report – Margie Caust 2017

Creative Boom (2015) – a report for the Arts Industry Council of SA that explores the potential around the Screen, Festivals, Theatre for Young People and Crafts sectors. This work was done in collaboration with Brecknock Consulting and supported with expert contributions from Adam Smith (Screen), Tom Flemming (UK Creative Economy), Andrew Bleby (Festivals)

Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Jack Snelling said “I am pleased that the Arts Industry Council has worked across the arts sector to deliver strategies to grow our creative economy.  The Government, through Arts SA, looks forward to working with the Arts Industry to increase jobs and opportunities for makers and presenters, across these important arts sectors”.

Gail Kovatseff, Chair of the Arts Industry Council of SA, said “We know that we lead the nation in many of our arts and cultural endeavours.  To focus on growth opportunities for four of these has been motivating and extremely positive for the sector.  As the report indicates, there is opportunity for collaboration with other industries, as well as working to be the best in the world at what we do”.

Creative Boom

Creative Boom (2015)


The Future City meets the Creative Economy – can Adelaide compete? Closing Keynote UDIA State Conference 2015

UDIA conference – 2015

Thames Gateway Economic Development and Investment Plan (2008)

I led the development of this significant strategy and wrote much of it, for the three South-East Regional Development Agencies in the UK (London, South-East and East of England).