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Climate change adaptation in public policy: frames, fire management, and frame reflection

From a new institutional perspective, this paper argues therefore that a frame reflective practice can aid policy sectors in building their capacity for adaptive, robust approaches to adaptation planning.

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The ethics of offsetting nature

We argue that biodiversity offsetting aligns most easily with a utilitarian ethic, where outcomes rather than actions are the focus.

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Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne

This paper presents a critical review of multi-level climate governance and adaptive capacity building in the context of Melbourne, Australia.

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Housing markets, economic productivity, and risk: International evidence and policy implications for Australia

This project, funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), aimed to examine key concepts and identify key indicators of housing system efficiency, responsiveness, and risks, relevant to Australia.

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Housing older Australians: Loss of homeownership and pathways into housing assistance

Using Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey data we analyse pathways into housing assistance. A transition model is estimated that specifies older Australians’ pathway to housing assistance status as a function of key socioeconomic and demographic determinants such as wealth and debt, health, marital status, tenure and employment history programmes.

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Making connections: Housing, productivity and economic development

This is a scoping study with the immediate aim of reviewing links between housing and productivity. It uses scans of existing literature, assessments of local strategies for planning, and interviews with key practitioners involved in metropolitan and local economic development strategies.

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The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes

This project explores the role of intergenerational wealth transfers on housing and related economic outcomes, quantifying transfers from Australian parents to their children, models their impact in aiding home ownership for recipients, and estimates its impact on broader economic outcomes such as wealth distribution.

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Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne

This paper presents a critical review of multi-level climate governance and adaptive capacity building in the context of Melbourne, Australia.

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Unsettling planning’s paradigms: towards a just accommodation of Indigenous rights and interests in Australian urban planning?

We analyse urban native title applications as a key example of the challenges of recognition and the responsibility this lays down to planning and we make some suggestions for how the planning profession, practitioners, scholars and educators might proceed.

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Housing Equity Withdrawal in Australia: Prevalence, Patterns and Motivations in Mid-to-late Life

This article assesses the extent to which Australians aged 45 years and over withdraw housing equity through in situ mortgage equity withdrawal (MEW), downsizing and selling up.

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Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne

This paper reflects on the characteristics of institutional responses to climate change and the extent to which local government 'climate change alliances' constitute an emergent and effective form of adaptive and integrative governance.

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Peak demand and the ‘family peak’ period in Australia: Understanding practice (in)flexibility in households with children

Our analysis finds that the family peak is tightly coordinated and routinised. Interlinked bundles of practices were meaningful beyond their commonly assumed functions.

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Entries and exits from homelessness: A dynamic analysis of the relationship between structural conditions and individual characteristics

This report examines the relationship between structural factors, individual characteristics and homelessness. The research approach estimates three models that include the individuals' static homeless state, as well as the dynamics of individuals' homelessness through an examination of entry into and exit out of homelessness.

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The coexistence of amenity and biodiversity in urban landscapes

We argue that amenity is an underutilised vehicle for achieving biodiversity goals in line with new urban greening paradigms because of its long-standing currency with planning professionals.

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Schrödinger’s microbe: implications of coercing a living organism into a coherent quantum mechanical state

Here, we comment from a biological perspective upon experiments in quantum mechanics proposed by physicists that are likely to feasible in the near future. In these experiments, an entire living organism would be knowingly placed into a coherent quantum state for the first time, i.e. would be coerced into demonstrating quantum phenomena.

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Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne

This paper reflects on the characteristics of institutional responses to climate change and the extent to which local government 'climate change alliances' constitute an emergent and effective form of adaptive and integrative governance.

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Do Urban House Prices Converge?

We investigate two aspects of housing market price dynamics. Firstly, whether the spatial pattern of house prices in a metropolitan housing market converge or diverge over time and secondly, whether suburbs with relatively low (high) house prices 20 years ago continue to occupy the same relative position in the house price distribution.

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Five Years of Declining Annual Consumption of Grid-Supplied Electricity in Eastern Australia: Causes and Consequences

The authors review reasons for declining consumption, the failure of planning authorities to forecast this structural change, and ongoing consequences. Fuel switching from oil and gas offers one means of partly arresting the rapidly declining use of electricity grid infrastructure.

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Peak demand and the ‘family peak’ period in Australia: understanding practice (in) flexibility in households with children

Smart grid technologies enable introduction of time-of-use (TOU) tariffs which aim to reduce peak demand. TOU tariffs are presented as financial opportunities but outcomes depend on flexibility in household practices. Households with children have higher peak electricity consumption and this paper investigates how and why practices performed during the weekday peak ‘hang together’.

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Spatial planning and changing landscapes: a failure of policy in peri-urban Victoria, Australia

Building on the scientific literature, this article first summarises the socioenvironmental impacts of land-use change expected to occur in high amenity Australian peri-urban areas, involving in particular, the effects of land development on agriculture, biodiversity, landscape character, bushfire risk and social factors.

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Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice

This article discusses the need for definitional clarity and understanding of the component elements of amenity that are integral to ecological management and reviews the literature on the perceptions and definitions of amenity in varied contexts.

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Re-thinking rural-amenity ecologies for environmental management in the Anthropocene

We extend from Tim Ingold’s work on wayfaring to position people and plants in environmental management as cohabitants who are traversing a world that is continually in the making.

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Unpacking the politics of natural capital and economic metaphors in environmental policy discourse

This article discusses how metaphors have been analysed in environmental policy research, surveys the use of prominent economic metaphors in environmental policy, and considers the politics associated with such terms.

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Categories of flexibility in biodiversity offsetting, and their implications for conservation, Biological Conservation

Biodiversity offsets (‘offsets’) are an increasingly widespread conservation tool. Often, offset policies have a like-for-like requirement, whereby permitted biodiversity losses must be offset by gains in similar ecosystem components.

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