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You are now one of 8 billion humans alive today. Let’s talk overpopulation – and why low income countries aren’t the issue

15 November 2022

There are now 8 billion people in the world. Do we have enough food? What does this mean for nature? Are more humans a catastrophe for climate change?

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28 October 2022

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Urban policy and infrastructure planning

07 October 2022

The election of a Labor Government at the 2022 federal election has brought new attention to policies for climate change mitigation and energy transition, with an accelerated minimum target of 43 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 now legislated. Cities and suburbs will be central to achieving the climate target as concentrated sites of […]

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‘Too hard to get to work’: climate change is making workers’ lives more difficult

20 September 2022

“Work” – broadly defined – is what allows society to function. Like other old certainties, it is under threat from climate change.

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Will 7-star housing really cost more? It depends, but you can keep costs down in a few simple ways

10 September 2022

Trivess Moore, RMIT University and Nicola Willand, RMIT University The required energy-efficiency rating of new housing in Australia will increase from 6 to 7 stars from October next year. Some claim this will greatly increase housing costs. But is this true? Costs for new home owners are the sum of three things: capital costs to […]

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Forum for Dwelling Justice

06 September 2022

On Friday August 26, the Centre for Urban Research hosted the Forum for Dwelling Justice, at the Capitol Theatre, organised by David Kelly and Libby Porter. The Forum brought together more than 600 scholars, grassroots campaigners, activists, people with lived experience, and practitioners to identify the radical potential for resistance to dispossession, displacement and precarity […]

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Rebuilding homes in Ukraine

01 September 2022

The consequences of Russian military aggression on Ukraine has led to considerable loss of life and the devastation of many homes, livelihoods, services and infrastructure.  Millions of civilians have been displaced. Most people want to return but they cannot, as this requires having safe, secure and adequate home and neighbourhood to return to. Realizing these […]

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RMIT joins Social Sciences Week

23 August 2022

This year the Centre for Urban Research, Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platforms and Social Change Enabling Capability Platform are presenting a number of events as part of Social Sciences Week. With online and in-person events, these sessions look at how social sciences help us make sense of an uncertain future. How to live in a […]

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Homelessness all but disappeared in 2020, but it should disappear for good

31 July 2022

It’s Homelessness Week and this year the theme is “To end homelessness we need a plan.” The right plan is in reach.

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Protecting 30% of Australia’s land and sea by 2030 sounds great – but it’s not what it seems

28 July 2022

Benjamin Cooke, RMIT University; Aidan Davison, University of Tasmania; Jamie Kirkpatrick, University of Tasmania, and Lilian Pearce, La Trobe University You would have heard Australia’s environment isn’t doing well. A grim story of “crisis and decline” was how Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek described the situation when she launched the State of the Environment Report last […]

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New project examines neighbourhood influence on early childhood development

08 July 2022

A new project led by the Centre’s Deputy Director Hannah Badland has just been awarded a VicHealth Impact Research Grant

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Melbourne ranked 10th most liveable city, but what does it mean?

24 June 2022

This year, Melbourne was the only Australian city to take a top-10 spot in the Economist Intelligence Unit liveable cities index, sharing tenth place with Osaka. But how meaningful are these rankings?

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Green interventions, and blue bees: rethinking what we know about gardens

19 May 2022

There is a growing understanding that bees are crucial to food security, biodiversity and a healthy environment, but bees are much more than stripey, hive-dwelling, honey-makers. This World Bee Day, open your eyes to the rich world of bees!

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THAT-Melbourne wins national PIA Award for Planning Research

18 May 2022

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) last night awarded the Planning Research award to the Centre for Urban Research project “Measuring the health impacts of transport modelling” and the Transport Health Assessment Tool for Melbourne (THAT-Melbourne), led by Dr Lucy Gunn. The award recognises an outstanding achievement in planning research. PIA noted that the research was an “innovative […]

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I want my vote to count for nature: how do the major parties stack up?

18 May 2022

The animals and plants at risk of extinction finally made it onto the political agenda last week, as Labor and the Greens launched biodiversity policies ahead of the federal election.

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Australian cities out of step on walkability, transport: study

13 May 2022

A new series, part of the Global Healthy and Sustainable City-Indicators Collaboration and led by Distinguished Professor Billie-Giles Corti, has been published in The Lancet Global Health. The ‘Urban Design, Transport and Health Series 2’ assesses city planning policies and the urban design and transport features of 25 cities across Australasia, Asia, Europe, USA, Central […]

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A passion project to make the heart sing: Urban planning for healthier lives

22 April 2022

Professor Billie Giles-Corti was a “lone wolf”, she says, when she started her research career. In 2022, the time has come for public discourse about the direct links between city planning and health. She is part of a global network making the connections between liveability and health outcomes.

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Five maps that show why free public transport benefits the affluent most

28 March 2022

As high global oil prices, spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, drive up the price of fuel and many other things too, there’s pressure on Australian politicians to offer some relief.

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Informal settlements and the threat of climate change

17 March 2022

To ensure that shelters in informal settlements across the Pacific Island region are disaster resilient, policymakers and relief agencies must work closely with local communities to implement sustainable solutions, Darryn McEvoy, Mittul Vahanvati, Deb Kuh, and Usha Iyer-Raniga write.

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Climate Resilient Honiara helping bring safety and dignity to Honiaran women

08 March 2022

This International Women’s Day calls for gender equity today, for a sustainable tomorrow. Researchers on the Climate Resilient Honiara project are seeking to contribute to just these issues, in a city struggling against the realities of rapid urbanisation and climate change.

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Sustainability and Urban Planning students recognised as semester begins

03 March 2022

With the beginning of a new semester and a new year, students of the Sustainability and Urban Planning program could finally gather on campus to celebrate their achievements and look ahead to the new year. The welcome and awards event held yesterday presented an opportunity for current students and recent graduates to meet and mingle […]

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New IPCC report shows Australia is at real risk from climate change, with impacts worsening, future risks high, and wide-ranging adaptation needed

28 February 2022

Climatic trends, extreme conditions and sea level rise are already hitting many of Australia’s ecosystems, industries and cities hard.

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Everything is connected and climate change can unravel the lot

25 February 2022

Interconnected systems are what keep cities functioning. But climate change can undo one part, and unravel the whole system.

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ARC Discovery project takes a new approach to understanding precarious living situations

30 January 2022

An Australian Research Council Discovery grant has been awarded to Professor Libby Porter and Dr David Kelly.