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Strengthening Wellbeing in Urban Communities Through Wildlife Gardening

We investigate a municipal wildlife gardening program run by a community group-local government partnership in Melbourne, Australia whose purpose is to conserve the municipality’s indigenous biodiversity.

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Transforming urban gardeners into land stewards

This qualitative study explores how urban gardeners were supported to become land stewards through a wildlife gardening program in Melbourne Australia, and how this process occurred.

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Book

How to gain traction? From theoretical scholarship to applied outcomes in energy demand research and housing research

This collection advances our understanding of the ethics, values, opportunities and challenges that emerge in the making of engaged and interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Charting the emergence of a ‘knowing system’ for climate change adaptation in Australian regional natural resource management

Phillip J. Willis, Dr Karyn Bosomworth, Andrew Harwood, Peat Leith

n this paper we reflect on knowledge practices among a partnership of researchers and NRM planners, under a federal program of NRM investment intended to ‘deliver information’ to regional NRM planners to support planning for climate change.

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Book

Living on the Edge: New Forms of Poverty and Disadvantage on the Urban Fringe

This chapter considers the impact of the built environment in generating new forms and locations of poverty and disadvantage.

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Reports

Balmoral Fire Connect

Associate Professor Hartmut Fünfgeld, Maedeh Aboutalebi Karkarvandi

A case study of social networks and the diffusion of bushfire preparedness information in a rural community.

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Institutional Tipping Points in Organizational Climate Change Adaptation Processes

The paper reviews the conceptual value-add of the institutional tipping points concept, while also discussing its epistemological and methodological limitations.

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Beyond the School Fence: Rethinking Urban Schools in the Twenty-first Century

Dr Ian McShane, Chris K Wilson

This article discusses some challenges for the provision of schools and schooling in twenty-first century cities.

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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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Studying social practices and global practice change using scrapbooks as a cultural probe

Our goal in this paper is to contribute to the growing field of social practice research, specifically in regard to studies of globalisation and change.

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Dealing with Conflict in Local Planning: Reflections from Australian Planners

This paper reports on interviews conducted with local government planners in Melbourne, Australia, in which they discuss their experience with conflicts and reflect on their preparation for this challenging aspect of their profession.

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Exploring the permanence of conservation covenants

We examined release and breach data from all 13 major covenanting programs across Australia.

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Wildlife gardening for collaborative public–private biodiversity conservation

We explored how a purposively chosen wildlife gardening program in Melbourne, Australia engaged and supported residents to augment local government efforts to conserve indigenous biota.

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Social transit as mass transit in Australian suburban greenfield development

Alexa Delbosc, Graham Currie, Dr Larissa Nicholls, Dr Cecily Maller

This study explored the impact of a new bus service on a new development on the fringe of Melbourne, Australia: Selandra Rise in Clyde North.

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Critical Urban Infrastructure

The paper raises questions about how contextual frames reproduce certain rationalities and motivations, over other frames that might inspire more just and ecologically centered responses.

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Looking at emergent and multi-scale governance through the lens of community formation

This article argues that a dynamic and multilayered understanding of community can ensure that resilience discourses will continue to pose difficult-to-answer questions about what resilience seeks to achieve and for whom.

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Reports

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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When growth collides: conflict between urban and airport growth in Melbourne, Australia

This paper examines the failures of Commonwealth, State and local policy and planning systems to prevent extensive urban encroachment over the past 50 years in the green belt surrounding Melbourne Airport and the reciprocal impacts from this development.

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Wellbeing at the edges of ownership

This paper offers a complementary view, rooted in a literature which embraces the diversity of health and wellbeing within, as well as between, tenure sectors, yet which explains that diversity with reference to the operation of the housing system itself.

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