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New bus route improves well-being and social connection in Melbourne’s new communities

Research exploring the impact of a bus route a new housing development on Melbourne’s south-east growth corridor has revealed the positive effects on community well being with the early delivery of bus services in new greenfield developments.

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Testing public transport policies with travel and health outcomes

Public transport is a marker of a city’s liveability and an important social determinant of health.

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Energy pricing policy review finds gaps for heat vulnerable residents

A review of electricity pricing policy by RMIT academics has found little consideration of the health and financial risks to vulnerable groups during heatwaves or hot weather.

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Are conservation covenants a secure way to protect nature on private land?

Recent RMIT research has revealed that conservation covenants in Australia are proving an enduring way to protect nature on private land.

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Living on the edge: How can we make it better?

New research by RMIT urban academics calls for greater collaboration between urban planners and social workers to deal with new and emerging forms of poverty and spatial disadvantages affecting Australians.

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The price for abundant free car parking is greater than we think

Car parking - we all use it and expect it everywhere, but the hidden cost it has on our cities is huge.

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Arts spending brings in the bucks for the Creative City

For the first time, a new study led by RMIT University and the City of Melbourne has quantified the economic and social impact of investment in the arts.

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Rethinking the relationship between educational and urban planning

New research by RMIT academics calls for education and planning authorities to widen current policy discussion over the community use of school facilities and rethink how schools engage with their urban surroundings.

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August edition of The Urban Observer – a new magazine by CUR

Welcome to the second issue of the Centre for Urban Research Urban Observer magazine.

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What the baby bonus boost looks like across ten years

The baby bonus did its job, encouraging people to have more children at a time when fertility rates were low, our research finds. Given Australian men and women desire 1.5 more children than they actually have, it might be time to consider policies like this again.

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‘Smart home’ gadgets promise to cut power bills but many lie idle – or can even boost energy use

“Smart” home control devices promise to do many things, including helping households reduce their energy bills. However, our research published today suggests that these devices are not the “easy” answer to energy management.

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Smart home control – is the reality as bright as its promise?

A new RMIT study finds that ‘smart home’ devices may not be as bright as we thought.

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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 exposes the sacrifices families make to pay energy bills

A new report by the Victorian Council of Social Service and the RMIT Centre for Urban Research shows the struggles and sacrifices Australians on low-incomes are making to stay connected to power.

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This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities’ commuter crush

In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning.

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Cultivation of a food sharing culture in Barcelona

RMIT and Trinity College Dublin researcher Dr Ferne Edwards has spent the past few months harvesting food, distributing organic goods and joining strangers around communal dinner tables.

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The National Electricity Market has served its purpose – it’s time to move on

Despite the creation of a new Energy Security Board to try to hold regulators and policy makers to account, the ability of the present structure to deliver is uncertain.

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Low-energy homes don’t just save money, they improve lives

Household energy use is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. International policy is firmly moving towards technology-rich, low- and near-zero-energy homes.

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Five lessons from Tokyo, a city of 38m people, for Australia, a nation of 24m

The release of 2016 Census data provides a good opportunity to reflect on the future growth of Australian cities. And what better example of the future to use than Tokyo?

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Australians are working longer so they can pay off their mortgage debt

Rising mortgage debt is affecting everything from employment to spending, as Australians approach retirement, our study finds. Higher levels of housing debt among pre-retirees are linked to them working for longer.

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Airport rail link can open up new possibilities for the rest of Melbourne

Melburnians have been talking about a train to Tullamarine Airport since well before it opened. Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his enthusiasm for an airport rail line, with or without state government support.

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RMIT inspires Bangkok city planners tackling livability issues

RMIT has hosted delegates from Bangkok Metropolitan Government, with the University’s urban experts helping guide innovative solutions for livability challenges facing the Thai capital.

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Who’s responsible? Housing policy mismatched to our $6 trillion asset

Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock?

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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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