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Think taxing electric vehicle use is a backward step? Here’s why it’s an important policy advance

26 November 2020

The South Australian and Victorian governments have announced, and New South Wales is considering, road user charges on electric vehicles.

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Report shows our homes must change for better health and living

25 November 2020

A new study examining Victorians’ lived experience during COVID-19 points to the design and quality of homes and neighbourhoods as a key mitigating factor in people’s capacity to cope with disasters.

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RMIT urban academic wins 2020 Sir James Barrett Memorial Medal

19 November 2020

Distinguished Professor Billie Giles-Corti has been awarded the 2020 Sir James Barrett Memorial Medal for her outstanding contributions to developing healthy, sustainable and liveable communities.

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RMIT experts call for rethink of how Australians finance their retirement

24 November 2020

RMIT economists are calling for a rethink in retirement financing in a new first of its kind report which reveals that more older Australians are using reverse mortgages to pay off debt.

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Assessing the impact of the Bushfire Royal Commission final report

09 November 2020

Set-up in the wake of the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, the Royal Commission has delivered its final report into national natural disasters. RMIT experts point to crucial gaps.

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Libraries and the Community Symposium

27 February 2020, 8:00AM-5:30PM

Representing and Reflecting Cultural Diversity in Library Research, Policy and Practice (Thursday 27 February to Friday 28 February 2020).

Past Events

Living in a climate of change: Shaping cities to adapt to uncertain futures

19 February 2020, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Join RMIT lecturers and researchers to discuss how we can shape the future of our cities

Past Events

Lessons from Vancouver: Transport success and a new mobility agenda

17 March 2020, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Cornerstones of transport success and enabling an innovative new mobility agenda

Past Events

Climate Update 2020 – Melbourne

12 March 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Co-hosted by ANU and RMIT University, Climate Update Melbourne will present an overview of how our climate is changing, how it is impacting us, and how we need to respond.

Our Research

Past Projects

Innovative responses to urban transportation: current practice in Australian cities

2019–2020

This project investigates drivers and processes of change within Australian metropolitan transport systems to identify future options and directions for policy development.

Current Projects

Democratic Urban Development in the Digital Age (DEMUDIG)

2019–2021

This international research project is examining citizens’ use of the Internet and social media to participate in urban development processes, and city governments’ efforts to engage and respond to citizens through these channels.

Current Projects

Benchmarking, monitoring, modelling and valuing the healthy liveable city

2019–2020

Along with our Department of Health and South Australia Health partners, this project builds on our national liveability indicator work to improve understandings of the relationship between built environments, daily activities and travel choices.

Current Projects

Optimising apartment design policy to equitably enhance mental health

2018 (ongoing)

This study will generate evidence on the key health enhancing design requirements that should be entrenched in the new Design WA Apartment Design Guidelines.

Past Projects

Emergency volunteering 2030: Adapting the sector

2017–2020

This co-designed project is a collaboration with the University of Western Australia and key emergency management organisations for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.

Current Projects

Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries

2018 (ongoing)

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.

Current Projects

Early delivery of equitable and healthy transport options in new suburbs

2018–2020

The project will produce evidence and tools to assist both the public and private sectors provide transport options to residents of Melbourne’s new suburbs as soon as they move in.

Current Projects

Onsets not offsets for real biodiversity gains

2020–2022

This project will make conceptual and methodological advancements required to develop a working approach for onsets. Case studies in urban development and agriculture will highlight how the approach work s in practice.

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Meet the women helping to improve how we live in cities and with nature

05 March 2020

As our cities evolve, so too should our approach to building and planning our urban habitats. Here, six RMIT urban researchers share how their work is shaping how we live in our cities and with nature.

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Meet Jodie Boyd: Expert in cultural history and policy

24 February 2020

What role do libraries have in the 21st century in shaping our national narrative? Dr Jodie Boyd explains how libraries are vital to preserving our story as a multicultural society.

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Meet Tamzin Rollason: Expert in sustainable fashion

03 September 2019

Sustainable apparel is in vogue but is it the answer to fashion’s environmental footprint? Researcher Tamzin Rollason delves deeper into the eco-style trend.

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Meet Mittul Vahanvati: Expert in housing and community resilience

23 May 2019

The homes we live in, and the homes we’re building, are not what we need in a changing climate. Dr Mittul Vahanvati explains what this means and what we need to change to support climate resilience in Australia.