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One in three Australian kids exposed to disadvantage

Almost a third of Australian children experience some form of disadvantage that can have a lasting impact on their development, a new study of more than 5,000 children released today has found.

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New report settles the score on Perth’s liveability

A new report measuring Perth’s liveability progress has found that despite the city’s improvements, it is struggling to meet its targets for policy implementation.

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RMIT experts available for comment on State Budget

Experts from RMIT are available to talk to media from 6am this morning about a range of topics and issues relating to the 2018-19 State Budget.

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Expert comment on Melbourne Airport train link

RMIT University infrastructure and urban planning expert Professor Jago Dodson says a new rail link for Melbourne’s airport is welcome news, but needs to be part of a broader transport plan if it is to have major benefit.

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Expert comment on Infrastructure Australia priority list

RMIT University infrastructure expert Dr Ian Woodcock says the Victorian projects in Infrastructure Australia’s 2018 priority list will “lock Melburnians into increasingly toll-paying car dependence”.

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New report raises serious concerns about West Gate Tunnel

The West Gate Tunnel Project could worsen Melbourne’s traffic congestion, increase car dependency and should be rolled back, according to a new report from six leading planning academics.

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Unfair access to air leaves the vulnerable feeling the heat

Rising electricity prices and vague public messaging put vulnerable households at greater danger from extreme heat, new research from RMIT University shows.

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Urban hotspots: why poorer suburbs can be 10C hotter

Poor and disadvantaged Australian suburbs risk having urban hotspots that are more than 10 degrees higher than those found in greener, wealthier areas, an RMIT University study has found.

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Poor policies block green housing goals: study

Australian states are failing to deliver sustainable housing because of poor building and land-use planning policies, and a lack of enforceable standards, according to a new RMIT University report

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Smart home technology: not the brightest way to save energy

A new study by RMIT University has found smart home control devices may actually increase energy use rather than cutting it, with households using them more for lifestyle benefits than to save power.

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New study urges for housing to be better recognised in economic policy

A new study led by RMIT researchers calls for stronger coordination between governments on housing policy to better understand the $6 trillion sector’s contributions to national economic productivity.

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The Urban Observer – a new magazine by CUR

We are delighted to announce the release of our first edition The Urban Observer - a bi-monthly bulletin of CUR’s cutting edge and policy-relevant research that provides an easy to read snapshot of our work, and offers opportunities for you to contact and collaborate with our researchers.

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Flight to safer land post NZ quakes increases housing prices: study

Higher awareness of earthquake risks among residents in Christchurch, New Zealand, has led to increased prices for houses on safer land, a new RMIT study suggests.

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Poor lending reforms may deprive most vulnerable of home basics: study

Changing lending rules to restrict access to financial services could deprive low-income people of home basics like white goods, furniture and internet access, a new RMIT study suggests.

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Public WiFi users choose convenience over cybersecurity: report

Around two million Australians are risking data breaches each day doing their banking and conducting other financial transactions on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, a new study has found.

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New study examines heatwave health risks on vulnerable households

As global warming makes heatwaves more frequent, longer and hotter, how do we help households who are most vulnerable to health and financial impacts?

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RMIT shapes UN’s New Urban Agenda with Massive Open Online Course

RMIT University today launches a first-of-its-kind Ethical Cities open online course at the UN’s global cities summit to connect people around the world with ethical concept and practice for cities.

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New book connects urban planners to Indigenous communities

A new book revealing the critical role planning plays in delivering land justice for Indigenous peoples will be launched today at RMIT by Wurundjeri Tribe Council Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson.

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Expert Comment on Port of Melbourne lease

Director of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research Professor Jago Dodson is available to talk about the State Government’s proposal to spend the proceeds of the $9.7 billion deal to lease the Port of Melbourne.

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Community politics remains central to transport planning: study

A new study by RMIT offers valuable lessons for community participation in controversial transport projects, examining how citizens respond to the politics of transport decision-making.

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Research Officer (Social Sciences)

The Centre for Urban research is looking for a new Research Officer to join its thriving Beyond Behaviour Change program.

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Green homes offer financial relief for vulnerable families: study

New research by RMIT urban experts on low-carbon housing in Horsham has found that households could be better off by A$1,000 per year and boost their health and living conditions.

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Expert comment on Victoria’s zero emissions target

RMIT University’s Alan Pears AM is available to comment on the Victorian State Government’s plan to work towards a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Playgroups offer vital support for mothers and benefits for community

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, according to new research.

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