Dr Joe Hurley

Dr Joe Hurley is a Senior Lecturer with the Sustainability and Urban Planning program in RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and is a member of the Centre for Urban Research.

Joe’s research focuses on the policy dimensions of cities, examining issues of efficiency, equity and sustainability. Recent research topics include planning systems performance, historical urban analysis, urban sustainability performance assessment and research-practice exchange.

In 2013, he received the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies Early Career Research Excellence Award.

Joe is the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours), and the Deputy Leader of the Urban Systems theme of the federally funded Clean Air and Urban Landscapes research hub.

He currently teaches HUSO2165 Urban Planning Research and research thesis courses ARCH1403 Planning Thesis 1/ARCH1404 Planning Thesis 2.

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Planning Systems, Strategic Urban Planning, Planning Research-Practice Exchange, Urban History, Housing Supply and Affordability, Sustainable Cities, Sustainability Performance Assessment.

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Implementing Sustainability in the Built Environment

An analysis of the role and effectiveness of the building and planning system in delivering sustainable cities.

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Improved Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates how major cities function and the effects of their land-use, housing and infrastructure systems on the humans that live in them.

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Melbourne at 8 Million: Matching Land Supply to Dwelling Demand

This project investigated available land supply for residential development in Melbourne to test the city’s capacity to cater for a projected population of 8 million by 2050.

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Sustainable cities? Australia’s building and planning rules stand in the way of getting there

Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities.

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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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When will the democracy deliver ‘car independence’ day in Yangon

At the dawn of the 21st century, planners around the world will consider a new agenda for cities. They would shrug off the dimly remembered nightmare of snaking concrete highways and smog-occluded horizons.

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High school students’ innovative urban solutions rewarded at RMIT

RMIT’s Urban Futures competition has showcased Victorian high school students’ best and brightest ideas to improve the liveability and sustainability of cities.

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Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem

Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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Students re-imagine sustainable cities

RMIT’s Urban Futures Competition showcased the ideas of Victorian High School students surrounding the development of vibrant, liveable cities.

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‘Not a lot of people read the stuff’: how planning defies good theory

Research into the way cities do – or do not – work can make a critical contribution to urban policy and practice.

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Ethiopian urban research delegation visits RMIT

A visiting delegation has told of the great urban challenges Ethiopia faces due to rapid population growth, during a presentation at RMIT.

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Do objections count? Estimating the influence of residents on housing development assessment in Melbourne

This paper explores relationships between community opposition, planning assessments and local political processes.

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Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research–practice exchange

Hurley, J and Taylor, E 2016, 'Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research-practice exchange', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 5-14.

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“Not a Lot of People Read the Stuff”: Australian Urban Research in Planning Practice

Taylor, E and Hurley, J 2016, '"Not a lot of people read the stuff": Australian urban research in planning practice', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 116-131.

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Melbourne at 8 Million: Matching Land Supply to Dwelling Demand

This report proposes one approach to preparing for a doubling of the population of Melbourne without assuming the desirability or other of such an increase.

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The making of modern cities: Examining long term urban land use characteristics in Melbourne

Hurley, J, Groenhart, L, Wood, G and Meen, G 2013, 'The making of modern cities: examining long term urban land use characteristics in Melbourne', in Steven Rowley, Rachel Ong & Sanna Markkanen (ed.) 7th Australasian Housing Researchers: Conference: Refereed Proceedings, Bentley, Western Australia, 6 - 8 February, 2013, pp. 1-13.

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