Associate Professor Martin Mulligan

Associate Professor Martin Mulligan is a senior lecturer in Sustainability and Urban Planning in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and a senior researcher in the Centre for Urban Research.

Martin Mulligan is a senior lecturer in the Bachelor of Environment and Society and the Master of International Urban and Environmental Management degree programs at RMIT. He is the author of an international Introduction to Sustainability textbook published by Earthscan/Routledge (UK) in 2015. With a background in human geography and sociology, his research interests focus on the social, cultural and political transformations necessitated by the onset of global climate change and other major global challenges.

Before joining the Sustainability and Urban Planning program, he was the Director of RMIT’s Centre for Global Research and he completed a series of research projects on the ways in which local communities in Australia and Sri Lanka deal with major changes and challenges. He has published extensively on the meaning of community in the contemporary world and he has used his research to advocate strongly for a community development approach to disaster recovery work.

He is currently exploring the social dimensions of the keyword ‘resilience’ and is working with others to develop a better conceptual framework for the notion of ‘community resilience’, in particular. Within the Centre for Urban Research he is leading a ‘Hopeful Living Project’ aimed at fleshing out links between resilience and ‘informed hope’ in the face of the profound challenges we are facing.

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Resilience thinking; community engagement; living hopefully in turbulent times.

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Investigating Phase 1 of the Resilient Melbourne project

An exploration of the early stages of the roll-out of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project in Melbourne showed that it has generated considerable enthusiasm.

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Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience

Lauren Rickards, co-leader of the Climate Change and Resilience (CCR) research program, and Raven Cretney, PhD student, represented the CUR at a recent workshop at the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) at Virginia Tech, in Arlington, Virginia.

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Rockefeller Foundation elevates Melbourne’s commitment to resilience

Melbourne’s new resilience project is helping local government frame conversations about resilience beyond emergency management to social and urban vulnerability, according to an RMIT study.

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Has the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge benefited Melbourne?

The selection of Melbourne to participate in the international 100 Resilient Cities program sponsored by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation generated a mix of hopes, expectations and concerns.

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Publications

Looking at emergent and multi-scale governance through the lens of community formation

This article argues that a dynamic and multilayered understanding of community can ensure that resilience discourses will continue to pose difficult-to-answer questions about what resilience seeks to achieve and for whom.

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A new model for effective post-disaster housing reconstruction: Lessons from Gujarat and Bihar in India

This paper critiques the traditional project management (PM) approach for post-disaster reconstruction work in relation to long-term effectiveness at strengthening disaster resilience of communities.

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Implementing the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Project in Melbourne

How can a framework for urban resilience emanating from the US be adapted to suit the city governance structures operating in Melbourne?

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Keywords in planning: what do we mean by ‘community resilience’?

This paper offers a framework for ensuring that these important considerations are openly negotiated within transparent normative frameworks of planning policy and practice.

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On Ambivalence and Hope in the Restless Search for Community: How to Work with the Idea of Community in the Global Age

Mulligan, M 2014, 'On ambivalence and hope in the restless search for community: How to work with the idea of community in the global age', Sociology, vol. online, pp. 1-16.

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