The Planning and Transport in City Regions Program seeks to understand processes of urban development and patterns of mobility at the metro-regional scale, and the policy measures needed to improve the productivity, livability and sustainability of city-regions.

The program is focused on the case of Melbourne as a mega-city in the making and addresses the problems and challenges faced by planners in grappling with the city’s transformation.

The program’s work is nonetheless positioned within a national and international context and looks toward experience elsewhere in metropolitan scale land-use and transport planning to inform its research agenda.


Improved Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates how major cities function and the effects of their land-use, housing and infrastructure systems on the humans that live in them.

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The Benefits of Elevated Rail: Lessons from the graduate design studio “Rail UP!”

The Victorian state government has committed to removing 50 level crossings in two terms of office: a faster rate of removal than in any other period in the history of railways in Melbourne.

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Public Transport Accessibility in the City of Port Phillip

Spatial Network Analysis for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems (SNAMUTS)

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Key People

Lead researcher

Professor Jago Dodson

Professor Jago Dodson

Director of the Centre for Urban Research

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We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

As with Uber and the taxi industry, public sector planners and regulators will be forced to respond to the anger of those displaced by the new products the IT and automobile industries will bring to the market. But can we afford to wait?

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This is the final article in our series Making Cities Work. It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges.

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The Victorian Planning System: Practice, Problems and Prospects

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Student designs on the right track for future rail crossing removals

A collaborative research project between RMIT University and the University of Melbourne explores new ways to improve the integration of public transport and urban design in Melbourne.

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Victoria needs a big-picture transport plan that isn’t about winners vs losers

There has been no shortage of ideas about how to spend the A$9.7 billion the Victorian government will receive from selling a 50-year lease for the Port of Melbourne.

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New book plans out quality public transport system for Melbourne’s future

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Expert Comment on Port of Melbourne lease

Director of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research Professor Jago Dodson is available to talk about the State Government’s proposal to spend the proceeds of the $9.7 billion deal to lease the Port of Melbourne.

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Commuters help regions tap into city-driven growth

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The Conversation’s experts respond to what the Coalition’s agenda will mean for key policy areas.

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Are regional commuters getting sick of the daily travel grind?

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Ideas for Australia: City v4.0, a new model of urban growth and governance for Australia

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