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

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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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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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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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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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

Deputy Director, Senior Research Fellow

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Program Researchers

  • Dr Chris Wilson, Research Fellow
  • Dr Peta Malins (Senior Lecturer, Legal and Justice, RMIT)
  • Dr Natsuko Akagawa (Senior Lecturer, Interpreting and Translating, RMIT)
  • Dr Pablo Fuentenebro (United Nations Environment Program)
  • Viktor Grechyn (PhD scholar, Public Wi-Fi project)

Related Content

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

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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