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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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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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Increasing biodiversity in urban green spaces through simple vegetation interventions

Caragh G. Threlfall, Dr Luis Mata, Jessica A. Mackie, Amy K. Hahs, Nigel E. Stork, Nicholas S. G. Williams, Stephen J. Livesley
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Towards socially integrated housing in Chile: Assessing conviviality through two key housing projects

B. Maturana Cossio, Professor Ralph Horne

This paper argues that materially interspersing different socioeconomic groups within housing developments is insufficient on its own to achieve the objectives of social integration espoused in the national urban policy.

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A new model for effective post-disaster housing reconstruction: Lessons from Gujarat and Bihar in India

This paper critiques the traditional project management (PM) approach for post-disaster reconstruction work in relation to long-term effectiveness at strengthening disaster resilience of communities.

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Privatising the suburbs: examining the trends and implications of 20 years of private residential development in Sydney, Australia

Therese Kenna, Professor Robin Goodman, Deborah Stevenson

This research suggests that there has been a quiet revolution in residential development and postulates that the extent of privatisation of essential neighbourhood infrastructure has been considerable.

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Adapting to ‘extreme’ weather: mobile practice memories of keeping warm and cool as a climate change adaptation strategy

In this paper, we are interested in reconceptualising adaptation as a series of everyday and remembered experiences with weather, which are situated within and carried by bodily social practices that contribute to keeping warm and cool.

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Convenience and energy consumption in the smart home of the future: industry visions from Australia and beyond

This paper analyses the industry vision for a ‘simple life’, and asks what energy implications it is likely to generate.

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Planning transport infrastructure: examining the politics of transport planning in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth

Crystal Legacy, Carey Curtis, Dr Jan Scheurer

Using a case study based approach this paper examines three controversial inner city road projects in three Australian capital cities: Melbourne’s East West Link, Sydney’s Westconnex and Perth’s Freight Link.

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Conserving herbivorous and predatory insects in urban green spaces

Dr Luis Mata, Caragh G. Threlfall, Nicholas S. G. Williams, Amy K. Hahs, Mallik Malipatil, Nigel E. Stork, Stephen J. Livesley

We investigated the response of herbivorous and predatory heteropteran bugs to differences in vegetation structure and diversity in golf courses, gardens and parks.

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Indigenous People and the Miserable Failure of Australian Planning

This paper details the contemporary position of planning practice in Australia with regard to Indigenous people and considers the changes required to more justly engage with Indigenous rights.

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Performance measures for public transport accessibility: Learning from international practice

Carey Curtis, Dr Jan Scheurer

This paper explores the use of accessibility performance measures, both to assess the extent of current public transport accessibility and as a potential metric for future planning and investment.

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How intermediate capacity modes provide accessibility and resilience in metropolitan transit networks: Insights from a global study of 19 cities

This paper introduces comparative results of public transport network performance measures in 19 metropolitan regions in developed countries.

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Risk management, financial evaluation and funding for wastewater and stormwater reuse projects

Casey Furlong, Saman De Silva, Kein Gan, Lachlan Guthrie, Robert Considine

This paper has considered risk management, financial evaluation and funding in seven Australian wastewater and stormwater reuse projects.

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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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The ethical city: A rationale for an urgent new urban agenda

This article draws on examples of existing practices in cities that reflect a principled and ethical approach to leadership, governance, planning, economic development, sustainability and citizen engagement.

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