Past Projects

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heatwaves, Homes & Health

The Heatwaves, Homes & Health project investigated the impacts of electricity pricing and energy policy on heat vulnerable households.

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Balmoral Fire Connect

The Balmoral Fire Connect bring together leaders from community by working in partnership with Balmoral Bush Nursing Centre and CFA to track the flow of information and the changed practice in the community.

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Inquiry into Housing Policies, Labour Force Participation and Economic Growth

This inquiry will develop coherent conceptual frameworks and empirical evidence to guide housing policy reforms that promote Australia’s economic development

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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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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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Constructions and practices of ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ meat: implications for meat consumption and the treatment of animals

Reflecting the ethical turn in consumption, meat promoted and labeled as ethical, humane and/or sustainable has emerged as an apparent solution to increasing concerns.

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Work/life ecologies: lifestyles, sustainability practices

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

RMIT researchers are trialling ‘smart’ home control devices in 46 households in Victoria and South Australia – to assess the potential of these devices to help manage home electricity consumption.

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