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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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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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Lifetime Affordable and Tenable City Housing

Research into homebuyer decision making and lived experience of households.

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Making Connections: Housing, Productivity and Economic Development

This study considers the national scale but then focuses on local approaches, reviewing plans and interviewing officials in 13 agencies, to assess how housing are meshed with economic development in strategy formation and monitoring.

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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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Planning in a state of panic: Did the economic crisis transform city making practices for the long term?

This projects is investigates the tensions that exist between urban infrastructure planning and broader conceptions of urban democratic planning in Australian and Canadian cities.

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Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure – the Australian Case

This project is researching the current surge in government, market and community investment in public Wi-Fi in Australia.

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Seeing the good from trees: remotely sensing the urban forest

We are trying to understand how to efficiently measure the benefits of the urban forest in Australian cities.

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The Little Things that Run the City

How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and promote ecosystem health?

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The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001-2011

Examination of the impact of housing and labour market factors, demographics and service availability on rates of homelessness across Australia over the past decade.

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Who owns the Sustainable City?

Cities are central to achieving sustainability, yet urban redevelopments – often justified as sustainable – have displaced 15 million people. This research asks how we can find socially sustainable paths of urban development.

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