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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

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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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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Intercity: How Regional Rail can be Rebalance Population Growth and Create a ‘State of Cities’ in Victoria

This report has been prepared by a team of transport and planning experts at the Rail Futures Institute. It provides a blueprint for the next thirty years of regional rail development in Victoria, to support projected population growth.

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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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Alternative Futures for Melbourne’s Peri-Urban Region

Alternative futures for Melbourne’s peri-urban region is a collaborative research project by researchers from RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Spatial Vision and La Trobe University’s School of Humanities.

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

Connecting to the biosphere is not only about a mental understanding argues a recent study.

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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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Melbourne at 8 Million: Matching Land Supply to Dwelling Demand

This report proposes one approach to preparing for a doubling of the population of Melbourne without assuming the desirability or other of such an increase.

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

This paper presents both qualitative and quantitative analyses from a multi-year mixed methods evaluation of four new low-carbon social houses in regional Victoria, Australia.

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(Re)constituting urban research in a neoliberal planning climate

This special issue shares how early career researchers (ECRs) are using their scholarship to think through how the research-practice nexus might be differently negotiated and understood to build potential for change.

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

We examine associations of public transport system accessibility with walking, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes/impaired glucose regulation.

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Incorporating natural and human factors in habitat modelling and spatial prioritisation for the iLynx lynx martinoi/i

We show how natural and human factors can be incorporated into spatially prioritising conservation areas on a landscape level.

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Influencing urban development through government demonstration projects

We examined the influence of a government backed development on building industry.

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

We examine how using offsets to meet a state or organization's genuine commitments, which are not contingent on the offsets, results in no additional conservation benefit.

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

The findings confirm the results of simulation studies that found increased fabric insulation may be associated with increased summer indoor temperatures, risk of heat stress and cooling energy in a mild temperate climate.

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Movie towns and sitcom suburbs: building Hollywood’s ideal communities

Based upon his PhD thesis, this densely argued, scholarly text focuses on the way television and cinema in this period both presented images of idealised communities and also responded to growing criticisms of such movements as New Urbanism in the USA.

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Cities are hotspots for threatened species

This research highlights the importance of Australian cities for the conservation of threatened species, and that the species assemblages of individual cities are relatively distinct.

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

We examine the institutional contexts and differing career trajectories of Australian ECRs and the relationship to professional practice, drawing on interviews, secondary data sources and our own ‘early career’ experiences.

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

By modelling matched datasets from panel surveys in Australia and the UK, this paper considers how home-buying households in these financially similar, institutionally distinct, countries coped with the ups and downs of housing and mortgage markets in the first decade of the millennium.

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