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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.

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War on waste: A tale of two cities

01 September 2019

From edible cities to plastic pollution – two RMIT experts share their thoughts on sustainability issues across two continents.

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Five liveability challenges Melbourne and Bangkok must face together

19 August 2019

What can Melbourne and Bangkok learn from each other to improve liveability and wellbeing for their residents?

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Food selfies show an appetite for flexible student eating spaces

14 August 2019

Food selfies taken on campus can offer a whole new way to rethink flexible student spaces and help combat food waste, suggests a new study.

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Tackling urban heat

13 August 2019

Students on an RMIT Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) study tour in Barcelona have developed strategies to tackle urban heat – a growing challenge for cities around the world as urban populations increase.

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Meet Claire Boulange: Expert in urban analytics for healthy cities

20 June 2019

Can video games like SimCity help smart city design? Dr Claire Boulange explains how planning can be playful to build healthy liveable cities for all.

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What’s your favourite animal? Researchers want to know

28 May 2019

As part of efforts to bring back nature into our cities, researchers are asking people across the globe about their favourite animals to determine which creature is ahead of the pack.

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Willum Warrain Gathering Place: Connecting Country, culture and community

27 May 2019

A new RMIT project celebrates the powerful story of an Indigenous gathering place and how it connects cultures, communities and Country.

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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.

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Landmark liveability research wins at national planning awards

17 May 2019

Pioneering RMIT research that delivered the first true measurement of liveability in Australia’s capital cities has been recognised with a top planning award.

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Seven ways climate change affects key Federal Election issues

06 May 2019

Climate action is rated as a top priority among voters in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election. How does it affect other key campaign issues?

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Social and spatial characteristics of the future urban vehicle fleet

05 April 2019

Innovative data use and modelling is helping uncover important questions around social justice in our urban vehicle fleets.

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A sustainable future is in our hands

14 March 2019

From climate science to agricultural upcycling, and food packaging to urban farming, meet four researchers from around the world working towards a sustainable future.

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Meet the women helping plan the cities of tomorrow

05 March 2019

As Melbourne grows, we need to better plan how we build healthy, equitable and liveable cities. Here four RMIT researchers talk about how their work is helping deliver better cities.

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Study reveals economic and health benefits of denser suburbs

19 February 2019

Denser and more walkable suburban developments keep chronic diseases at bay and deliver lifetime economic and health gains of $4,500 for every resident, new research shows.

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Study reveals economic and health benefits of denser suburbs

Denser and more walkable suburban developments keep chronic diseases at bay and deliver lifetime economic and health gains of $4,500 for every resident, new research shows.

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How could degrowth tackle environmental issues and social inequities?

18 February 2019

Successful economies are characterised by growth, so how can “degrowth” in our cities and housing possibly be good for us? Urban academic Anitra Nelson explains.

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Livin’ on the edge: How to plan a new suburb on Melbourne’s fringe

With the Victorian Government releasing 50,000 housing lots for 12 new suburbs on Melbourne’s urban fringe, how can we ensure new areas like these are liveable and thrive?

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Six ways to keep Melbourne moving at 8 million

11 February 2019

More people living in Melbourne means more trips across our transport network. RMIT experts share their views on how to plan for this pressure and keep our city moving.

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Drunk history: Bottle shops, urban life and public order

06 February 2019

From colonial times to our suburban spread, the humble bottle shop has been surprisingly central in urban attempts to create order and contain violence - but it’s a complicated history.