Researchers in this program focus on digital innovation, the expansion of information and cultural economies, the increasing globalisation of cities, and the diversification of forms of urban surveillance, securitisation and regulation.

The program also researches how we understand, interpret and conserve the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of our cities.

Projects

Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs

A new research project which aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities has been funded by the Australian Government through the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.

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Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries

The project aims to investigate the representation of histories and cultures of migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the National Library and select state library collections.

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Analysing the Social and Economic Value of Community Playgroups

Community playgroups (CPs) are unique in Australia’s early years education and care environment. This project fills knowledge and policy gaps by appraising the social and economic value of CPs.

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Collecting Institutions, cultural diversity and the making of citizenship in Australia since the 1970s

This project will analyse the innovative role played by the Australian collecting sector in documenting, promoting and managing cultural diversity.

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Opportunity Spaces – Schools as Community Hubs

This project looks at renewed interest in developing schools as community hubs, analysing policy and practical dimensions of opening up schools for wider community use.

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Practicing Safe Public Wi-Fi: Assessing and Managing Data and Security Risks

This project will produce the first Australian analysis of public Wi-Fi use, and the security and legal risks associated with the use patterns of public networks.

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Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure – the Australian Case

This project is researching the current surge in government, market and community investment in public Wi-Fi in Australia.

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The impacts of internationalising universities on urban transformation

This research outlines the development of university towns in China, using a case study of the Dushu Lake Higher Education Town, Suzhou in China.

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Where do the Children Play? Facilities and Venues for Community Playgroups

This project analyses trends in the provision and management of community facilities impacting on the organisation of community playgroups in Australia.

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Key People

Lead researcher

Dr Ian McShane

Dr Ian McShane

CUR Deputy Director & Convenor of Urban Cultures and Technologies Program

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Events

Gentrification and Local Democracy: the Experience of Two European Cities

In gentrification processes, inhabitants and local businesses are displaced as the middle class move into formerly deprived central city areas. Studying how such processes of change are handled by local authorities gives interesting insights on democratic governance. Who influences decision-making and implementation in urban redevelopment processes, and how? How do interest groups work to influence […]

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“Is there Wi-Fi?” The Roles of Public Wi-Fi in a Mobile Society

Many of us carry our smartphones everywhere we go, enjoying the immediate access to information and services these devices afford us. Yet many of us also seek out and use Wi-Fi as we move around the spaces we inhabit. Join us for a special presentation by Dr Catherine Middleton, Professor in the Ted Rogers School of […]

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News & Blog

RMIT research inspires community gardening for wildlife state-wide

The new community initiative Gardens for Wildlife, based on RMIT research, will serve as a role-model across Victoria to encourage gardening to support local wildlife.

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Why public Wi-Fi? The rise of public networks in Australia

Investment in public Wi-Fi provision by Australian local government authorities (LGAs) has surged in recent years. But why do LGAs choose to operate public networks, and what are these networks used for?

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August 2018 edition of The Urban Observer out now

With Australia’s population reaching 25 million this month, the liveability of our cities has become critically important for our national prosperity and sustainability.

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Remaking Cities: 14th Urban History Planning History Conference Proceedings

Remaking Cities was the theme of the 14th Urban History Planning History conference, a biennial and multi-disciplinary gathering of scholars and practitioners with interests in the histories of cities and urban planning.

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Bright lights, smart city: Connecting our cities to a wireless future

In recent years, Australian municipal governments have significantly expanded their investment in digital infrastructure and services, adding to their responsibility for physical infrastructure and community services.

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Rethinking the relationship between educational and urban planning

New research by RMIT academics calls for education and planning authorities to widen current policy discussion over the community use of school facilities and rethink how schools engage with their urban surroundings.

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Public WiFi users choose convenience over cybersecurity: report

Around two million Australians are risking data breaches each day doing their banking and conducting other financial transactions on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, a new study has found.

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Playgroups offer vital support for mothers and benefits for community

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, according to new research.

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Playgroups offer vital support for mothers and benefits for community

Community playgroups have significant social and economic benefits not just for children but also for their parents, particularly mothers, according to new research.

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Hot cities: the ‘smart’ response to urban heat threats

Significant urban policy and planning efforts have been directed at the problem of rising heat in cities.

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Researchers explore benefits of free public WiFi

The Victorian free public WiFi initiative is an unknown commodity but the potential benefits could be great for all Victorians, according to RMIT researchers.

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RMIT researchers win funding for public WiFi security project

RMIT researchers will study public WiFi data security and legal risks for consumers in Australia following a recent grant success.

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RMIT wins $6.37m in ARC research funding

RMIT researchers have been awarded $6.37 million in funding, in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding schemes.

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Assessing the creativity of cities

Dr Ian McShane knows what makes creative cities tick - and he's putting that knowledge to good use for UNESCO.

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