A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.

  • Project dates: 2018
  • Funding: $629,331.00

Adopting a unique cross-disciplinary approach, the project is investigating how to best plan, design, govern and manage facilities and infrastructure to enable schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, encouraging the development of resilient and connected communities.

Working with a number of partner organisations in education, local and state government, who are providing additional cash and in-kind support, the project’s outcomes are expected to provide a robust and coherent development framework for maximising schools as hubs to meet the emerging needs of Australian communities.

Key People

Lead researchers

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs

Dr Ben Cleveland

LEaRN, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

Dr Ian McShane

Dr Ian McShane

CUR Deputy Director & Convenor of Urban Cultures and Technologies Program

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Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs

Professor Tom Kvan

LEaRN, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs

Associate Professor Clare Newton

LEaRN, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs

Professor Janet Clinton

Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Partner Investigators

    • Mr Patrick Barrett – Catholic Education Office Diocese of  Parramatta
    • Mr Simon LeNepveu – ClarkeHopkinsClarke

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