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Creating Liveable Cities in Australia – Scorecards

A scorecard and priority recommendations for Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane developed using results from the 'Creating Liveable Cities in Australia' (2017) report.

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Electricity relationships and strategies for the Future Grid

Qualitative household and industry research focusing on demand management and new energy technologies to inform the design and delivery of Australia’s ‘Future Grid’.

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Housing energy efficiency transitions

This project aims to provide an analysis of housing retrofit and its links with household energy costs.

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Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs

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.

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Optimising apartment design policy to equitably enhance mental health

This study will generate evidence on the key health enhancing design requirements that should be entrenched in the new Design WA Apartment Design Guidelines.

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Persistent Energy Hardship

Understanding prevalence and demography of long-term energy hardship via analysis of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics longitudinal dataset.

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Understanding diversity in electricity customers

Ethnographic household research to inform future electricity pricing strategies an infrastructure planning in Victoria.

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Possibilities and practicalities of more inclusive urban governance

Research on the governance of selected wicked problems in Melbourne, Bristol and Mannar (Sri Lanka) aim to flesh out a workable understanding of emergent, inclusive and multi-scale governance.

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Network of Integrated Study Sites

This project aims to establish a network of integrated urban greening study sites to understand, quantify and qualify the multiple benefits of urban greening, including for biodiversity outcomes and for human health and wellbeing.

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Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs

The project will produce evidence and tools to assist both the public and private sectors provide transport options to residents of Melbourne’s new suburbs as soon as they move in.

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Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries

The project aims to investigate the representation of histories and cultures of migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the National Library and select state library collections.

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Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates the impacts on the lived experience of people in major Australian cities, focusing on the effects of land-use, diffuse air pollution, transport, urban heat and the interconnections between them.

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The Work / Life Ecologies Project

The Work / Life Ecologies Project aims to understand staff and students’ broader lifestyles as part of a work-life ecology, occurring across a range of spaces, both physical and virtual.

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Enabling sustainable emergency volunteering

This co-designed project is a collaboration with the University of Western Australia and key emergency management organisations for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

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The Urban Observatory

The RMIT Urban Observatory is a portal currently under development at RMIT that enables policy makers, planners and members of the general community to access a wide range of indicators relating to the built environment.

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Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health

The Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) aims to identify cost-effective policies that improve the health of people with disabilities in Australia.

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Creating Liveable Cities in Australia

Creating Liveable Cities in Australia is the first “baseline” measure of liveability in Australia’s state and territory capitals.

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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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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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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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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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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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