Current Projects

Hidden energy poverty: Case studies research project

Investigating energy and water under-use by households in order to afford utility bill payments which may have adverse effects on health and quality of life.

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Smart Home Control: Exploring the potential for enabling technologies in households

RMIT researchers are trialling ‘smart’ home control devices in 40 households in Victoria and South Australia – to assess the potential of these devices to help manage home electricity consumption.

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Heatwaves, Homes & Health

The heatwaves, homes and health project is seeking to understand the experiences of households during very hot weather.

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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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Infill Developments: Housing Outcomes Metrics and Evaluation (Project Home)

The project links housing outcomes to metrics and evaluation of housing design in the rapidly growing infill multi-residential sector.

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Building research infrastructure for urban policy research

Australian Policy Online is curating an open access collection of historic urban policy resources in collaboration with University partners.

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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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Australian demographic trends and their implications for housing subsidies

Policymakers are concerned that demographic changes will threaten the viability of Australian housing subsidy arrangements.

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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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New statistical approaches for analysing foodwebs and species distributions

A new generation of Bayesian species distribution models will provide improved predictions of species occurrence in the landscape.

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Evaluating environment policy that has immediate costs but long-term gains

Evaluating environment policy that has immediate costs but long-term gains.

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Automating the smart home

This project will be the first Australian investigation of how automated technologies are being incorporated into household practices, and the expectations they promote, sustain and transform.

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Embedding sustainability in food practices: Investigating spaces of food provisioning and consumption for students at RMIT city campus

As large scale participants in food provisioning and consumption practices, academic institutions like universities have a crucial part to play in food sustainability transitions

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A New Look at the Channels from Housing to Employment Decisions

This project broadens the research around housing and labour supply by addressing the work incentive implications of rising real house values and the fungibility of assets following mortgage innovation and deregulation.

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An Investigation into the Drivers of Housing Supply Responsiveness in Australia

This project estimates and maps the price elasticity of housing supply at a local government area level, providing insights into how various factors affect the speed of housing supply responsiveness to market pressures in Australia.

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Analysing the Social and Economic Value of Community Playgroups

Community playgroups (CPs) are unique in Australia’s early years education and care environment. This project fills knowledge and policy gaps by appraising the social and economic value of CPs.

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Australian Environmental Justice: RMIT– FoE (Australia) partnership

Exploring and enhancing environmental justice (EJ), including contributing Australian case studies to the international EJ atlas.

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Building resilience through translocality

Exploring translocality as a different perspective of the climate change-migration nexus.

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Collecting Institutions, cultural diversity and the making of citizenship in Australia since the 1970s

This project will analyse the innovative role played by the Australian collecting sector in documenting, promoting and managing cultural diversity.

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Enabling social innovation for local climate adaptability

This research critically investigates tensions and potentialities between risk-based assessments by local governance agencies and innovations by local groups and NGOs.

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Enhancing networks for resilience

Developing an understanding of how social networks influence social resilience to natural disasters and climate change.

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Exploring the socio-institutional dimensions of transformative adaptation

This project aims to better understand drivers and limitations of ‘new forms of governance and practice’ in different policy sectors, and the implications of these insights for theories of adaptation and learning in public policy.

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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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