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Business as usual? The Sustainable Development Goals apply to Australian cities too

We are still settling Australian cities on unceded Aboriginal lands. With the global agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, development has finally come home to the developed world.

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Melbourne or Sydney? This is how our two biggest cities compare for liveability

The question of which city is the most liveable is an annual hot topic. Competition is fierce, especially between Melbourne and Sydney.

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Past Events

Creating liveable cities in Australia: Launch of the Melbourne Scorecard

10 September 2018, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Join us for this informal networking event hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia for the presentation of  A Scorecard and Priority Recommendations for Melbourne – a new report measuring Melbourne’s true liveability progress. 

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RMIT research inspires community gardening for wildlife state-wide

The new community initiative Gardens for Wildlife, based on RMIT research, will serve as a role-model across Victoria to encourage gardening to support local wildlife.

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Ask not what nature can do for you

In our recent paper, we ponder whether the increasingly prevalent trend for framing nature in terms of ecosystem services is actually helping to build public engagement in conservation.

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Implementing sustainability in the built environment

Why we should be challenging the status quo to increase the role and effectiveness of the building and planning system in delivering sustainable cities

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Filling the space between trams and place

How is movement and place represented across Melbourne’s tram network?

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Buy, protect, resell: Revolving natural heritage protection?

Finding ways to conserve and protect heritage assets on privately owned and managed property is an ongoing challenge for policy makers.

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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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