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Five ways we can reimagine our streets for our health

06 July 2020

As families embrace the joys of walking and cycling in their neighbourhoods, how can we use the shake-up from coronavirus as an opportunity to keep this going for our own and our children’s health?

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Footy is back, but what will it look like for die-hard fans during a global pandemic?

10 June 2020

As AFL fans across the country get excited for the return of footy on Thursday night, there is still an air of nervous anticipation as to what lies ahead. How do we enjoy our national sport in a time of COVID-19?

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Top ten ways you can help boost Australia’s biodiversity

05 June 2020

On Word Environment Day, we take a look at some of the simple ways we can individually and collectively help boost biodiversity in our own backyards and beyond.

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Fostering biodiversity on World Environment Day

04 June 2020

Can fostering native plants and animals in our neighbourhoods help stem the loss of biodiversity? Is sustainable fashion achievable? Our experts examine the possibilities ahead of World Environment Day.

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Pop-up bike lanes beyond CBD needed to cope with cycling rise

02 June 2020

Pop-up cycling infrastructure is needed across Melbourne to cope with coronavirus-induced shifts in commuting habits, new modelling shows.

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New project investigates how COVID-19 impacts housing stress

28 May 2020

RMIT urban researchers have received funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute to investigate COVID-19’s impact on housing stress in Melbourne.

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New digital tool provides green solutions for city planners

26 May 2020

A European funded research project has released an online decision-making tool to identify suitable Nature-Based Solutions according to a city’s specific environmental challenges.

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Australian and UK urban experts partner to build better cities

26 May 2020

A new project brings together Australian and UK urban experts to virtually model and test the benefits of transport planning in creating healthier and sustainable cities across both countries.

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Risky driving accelerates crashes among Vietnamese motorcycle taxis

18 May 2020

New research shows almost one-third of app-based motorcycle taxi drivers in Vietnam have had a road crash, with an astounding 80% attributing the cause to their own risky driving.

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Urban fringe critical to future food supply

05 May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis reinforces the vital need for cities to protect food-producing rural areas on the urban fringe to retain options and avoid the risk of future shortages, RMIT urban experts warn.

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Bringing offices to suburbia is the next step post COVID-19

04 May 2020

Creating new co-working office spaces in our suburbs could be accessible to 97% of Melburnians with just a short ride or walk, helping manage risk post COVID-19, finds new RMIT research.

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Earth Day 50th anniversary turns up heat on climate crisis

22 April 2020

With global carbon emissions set to fall in the short-term due to coronavirus lockdowns, our experts look to long-term action needed to tackle climate change on Earth Day 2020.

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Centre for Urban Research welcomes new deputy director

20 March 2020

The RMIT Centre for Urban Research is delighted to announce the appointment of urban health expert Associate Professor Hannah Badland to the role of Deputy Director.

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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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New digital platform maps liveability in our major cities

05 February 2020

A groundbreaking new digital platform is set to transform how we map liveability in major cities across the country, in an Australian first.

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Rewilding cities: How bringing nature back to cities is good for our health

27 January 2020

The rise around the globe to bring nature back into cities has clear links to individual and community health and wellbeing, according to RMIT researchers at the Centre for Urban Research.

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Seven ways the 1969 Transportation Plan shaped Melbourne

12 December 2019

December 12 2019 marks 50 years since the landmark 1969 Transportation Plan. Here, we take a look back on the plan that brought Melbourne its network of freeways and roads, and how its legacy stacks up in 2019.

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Smart city tech keeps Bendigo residents cool by mapping hot spots

11 December 2019

A new smart technology platform launched today in Bendigo will help residents keep cool this summer by mapping the location of urban hot spots in the city to avoid on hot days.

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Can apocalyptic games prepare us for future sustainability threats?

10 October 2019

What can playing apocalyptic games teach us about climate change or energy security? Urban resilience expert Dr Anthony Richardson explores how games can tackle future challenges at the global gaming festival PAX in Melbourne.

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Six emotions shared by young people living with climate change

19 September 2019

Today, thousands of Australian students will protest government inaction on climate change. Sustainability expert Dr Blanche Verlie explains how climate change is emotionally impacting young people.

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Circular economy plan neglects corporate buy-in at its peril

11 September 2019

Sustainability experts say the Victorian government’s circular economy strategy will sink if not opened up to business and innovation sectors as an economic development plan, rather than a narrowly-defined waste management issue.

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What you really need to know about Melbourne being named the world’s second most liveable city – again

05 September 2019

Melbourne has retained second place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index but what, if anything, does it all mean? Our experts explain.

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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.