The Urban Observer

The Urban Observer – May 2017

An independent bi-monthly magazine analysing current urban events and showcasing the research and work of academics from the RMIT Centre for Urban Research.

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Local Government Guide to Fostering Corporate Responsibility

This guide suggests that local governments have a significant role to play in helping business to be more socially and environmentally responsible, and that a well-conceived corporate responsibility program for their jurisdictions can lead to better relationships with their business community, as well as improved efficiencies, environmental and social performance.

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Enabling climate change adaptation across Gippsland local governments: Staff perceptions of adaptive capacity and regional collaboration

This report presents the findings of all project evaluation activities carried out as part of the project ‘Enabling Gippsland Councils to integrate climate risk and adaptation into local and regional strategies’, which concluded in August 2016.

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Practicing safe public wi-fi: Assessing and managing data-security risks

Dr Ian McShane, Mark A Gregory, Chris K Wilson

Public wi-fi is becoming a key part of Australia’s communication system. However, the convenience and accessibility that make public wi-fi so popular also make it vulnerable to malevolent or illegal activities, particularly targeted at intercepting sensitive or valuable personal information.

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2015 Annual Report

2015 was the Centre for Urban Research’s third full year of establishment, with a significant increase in research income and an especially busy program of events.

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Horsham Catalyst Research and Evaluation Final Report

This study led by RMIT's Centre for Urban Research and funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, investigates the economic, social and environmental performance of low-carbon houses in comparison with 'standard' residences in Horsham, Victoria.

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On the Frontline: Climate Change & Rural Communities

A new report reveals that climate change is likely to worsen the systemic disadvantages suffered by rural and regional communities, and further widen the gap between rural and urban areas.

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Dwelling in the biosphere: exploring an embodied human– environment connection in resilience thinking

Cooke, B, West, S and Boonstra, W 2016, '(In press) Dwelling in the biosphere: Exploring an embodied human-environment connection in resilience thinking', Sustainability Science, pp. 1-13.

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Implementing the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Project in Melbourne

How can a framework for urban resilience emanating from the US be adapted to suit the city governance structures operating in Melbourne?

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Relationships Matter: The Social and Economic Benefits of Community Playgroups

The study has sought to fill a knowledge gap in the understanding of the value of community playgroups by analysing the social and economic value of participation in community playgroups, with a particular focus on parents and carers.

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Level crossing removals: learning from Melbourne’s experience

This project continues research into better land use and public transport integration, using historical legacies of level crossing removals in Melbourne, international precedents and design research.

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Utilising Mixed Methods Research to Inform Low-carbon Social Housing Performance Policy

Moore, T, Strengers, Y and Maller, C 2016, 'Utilising mixed methods research to inform low-carbon social housing performance policy', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 240-255.

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(Re)constituting urban research in a neoliberal planning climate

Legacy, C, Lowe, M and Cole-Hawthorne, R 2016, '(Re)constituting urban research in a neoliberal planning climate', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 1-4.

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Associations of public transport accessibility with walking, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes

Barr, A, Bentley, R, Simpson, J, Scheurer, J, Thornton, L, Krnjacki, L and Kavanagh, A 2016, 'Associations of public transport accessibility with walking, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 141-153.

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Incorporating natural and human factors in habitat modelling and spatial prioritisation for the Lynx lynx martinoi

Laze, K and Gordon, A 2016, 'Incorporating natural and human factors in habitat modelling and spatial prioritisation for the Lynx lynx martinoi', Web Ecology, vol. 16, pp. 17-31.

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Influencing urban development through government demonstration projects

Moore, T and Higgins, D 2016, 'Influencing urban development through government demonstration projects', Cities, vol. 56, pp. 9-15.

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Interactions Between Biodiversity Offsets and Protected Area Commitments: Avoiding Perverse Outcomes

Maron, M, Gordon, A, Mackey, B, Possingham, H and Watson, J 2016, 'Interactions between biodiversity offsets and protected area commitments: Avoiding perverse outcomes', Conservation Letters, pp. 1-6.

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Relationship of thermal performance rating, summer indoor temperatures and cooling energy use in 107 homes in Melbourne, Australia

Willand, N, Ridley, I and Pears, A 2016, 'Relationship of thermal performance rating, summer indoor temperatures and cooling energy use in 107 homes in Melbourne, Australia', Energy and Buildings, vol. 113, pp. 159-168.

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Cities are hotspots for threatened species

Ives, C, Lentini, P, Threlfall, C, Ikin, K, Shanahan, D, Garrard, G, Bekessy, S, Fuller, R, Mumaw, L, Rayner, L, Rowe, R, Valentine, L and Kendal, D 2016, 'Cities are hotspots for threatened species', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 117-126.

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Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research–practice exchange

Hurley, J and Taylor, E 2016, 'Australian early career planning researchers and the barriers to research-practice exchange', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 5-14.

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Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK

Wood, G, Smith, S, Cigdem, M and Ong, R 2015, 'Life on the edge: a perspective on precarious home ownership in Australia and the UK', International Journal of Housing Policy, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 201-226.

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The ethics of offsetting nature

Ives, C and Bekessy, S 2015, 'The ethics of offsetting nature', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 13, no. 10, pp. 568-573.

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Facilitating local climate change adaptation through transnational municipal networks

Fuenfgeld, H 2015, 'Facilitating local climate change adaptation through transnational municipal networks', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 12, pp. 67-73.

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Making connections: Housing, productivity and economic development

Maclennan, D., Ong, R., Wood, G. (2015) Making connections: housing, productivity and economic development, AHURI Final Report No. 251, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/final-reports/251.

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