Current Projects

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities

The Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities investigates cost-effective built environment interventions to create healthy, liveable and equitable communities in Australia

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The National Liveability Study

This project has developed a set of liveability indicators for alcohol, food, public open space, transport, walkability, affordable housing and access to employment which are now being calculated and mapped for Australian major cities.

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Changing Children’s Chances

Bringing together leading national and international child equity researchers to identify potential ways to reduce early developmental inequities in Australian children.

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Creating liveable and healthy neighbourhoods for young children and families

Does neighbourhood design make a difference to early childhood development (ECD)? This project connects urban design and planning disciplines with ECD to explore the impacts of where we live on young children and families.

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Developing a Pilot Victorian Urban Liveability Index

Researchers are developing a composite indicator of urban liveability for use in policy. It has been conceptualised from a social determinants of health lens and allows for flexible assessment within and between neighbourhoods.

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The High Life: Could apartment design policy improve residents’ health and wellbeing?

The project examines the interplay between apartment design policy, design outcomes, and residents’ health and wellbeing outcomes in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

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Understanding how local and regional accessibility are associated with active travel, and related health and economic impacts

This project models the physical activity and health economic impacts of the ease of walking and cycling to essential destinations within neighbourhoods and commuting in Melbourne.

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Enabling sustainable management of our natural resources under a changing climate

This project is co-producing climate change adaptation pathways plans and action in natural resource management.

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Contextualising liveability within a low to middle income country’s city

RMIT urban health experts will help Bangkok city planners tackle liveability challenges facing their city.

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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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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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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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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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