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Dry zones and other temperance hangovers

Anti-alcohol measures like dry zones are not just a part of history: their legacy continues to feed into our approach to urban planning today.

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Social housing in Australia must triple to meet demand: report

Australia needs to triple the amount of social housing built over the next 20 years if it is to meet future demands, a new study has found.

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The small patch of bush over your back fence might be key to a species’ survival

It may not look like a pristine expanse of Amazon rainforest or an African savannah, but the patch of bush at the end of the street could be one of the only places on the planet that harbour a particular species of endangered animal or plant.

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RMIT urban research wins at Victorian planning awards

RMIT urban academics and students have been recognised at the Awards for Planning Excellence – Victoria for their leadership in planning.

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How can high-density living house Victoria’s growing population?

As our state’s numbers grow, we need plan how we accommodate every person. Here, our experts provide their insights on the critical challenges facing Melbourne’s housing needs.

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How can we manage congestion on Victoria’s roads?

Congestion is a key issue affecting Victoria’s transport sector. Here, our experts provide their insights on how we can better manage our roads.

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How can we make Victoria more walkable and bike-friendly?

The benefits of cycling and walking are many and well-known. Here, our experts provide their insights on how to get Victorians moving.

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Upcoming Events

2019 Transport research symposium: Ethics and transport planning

2 February 2019, 9:00AM-5:00PM

The 2019 Transport Research Symposium brings together activists, academics, and built environment professionals currently working and thinking critically about the ‘state of transport planning’ in Victoria and beyond. 

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Current Projects

Optimising apartment design policy to equitably enhance mental health

This study will generate evidence on the key health enhancing design requirements that should be entrenched in the new Design WA Apartment Design Guidelines.

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Current Projects

Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries

The project aims to investigate the representation of histories and cultures of migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the National Library and select state library collections.

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Current Projects

Persistent Energy Hardship

Understanding prevalence and demography of long-term energy hardship via analysis of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics longitudinal dataset.

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Current Projects

Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs

The project will produce evidence and tools to assist both the public and private sectors provide transport options to residents of Melbourne’s new suburbs as soon as they move in.

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Current Projects

The Urban Observatory

The RMIT Urban Observatory is a portal currently under development at RMIT that enables policy makers, planners and members of the general community to access a wide range of indicators relating to the built environment.

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Current Projects

Understanding diversity in electricity customers

Ethnographic household research to inform future electricity pricing strategies an infrastructure planning in Victoria.

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Current Projects

Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates the impacts on the lived experience of people in major Australian cities, focusing on the effects of land-use, diffuse air pollution, transport, urban heat and the interconnections between them.

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Current Projects

Network of Integrated Study Sites

This project aims to establish a network of integrated urban greening study sites to understand, quantify and qualify the multiple benefits of urban greening, including for biodiversity outcomes and for human health and wellbeing.

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