The PhD project is informed by an interpretivist theoretical approach, to look at the comparative case studies of Melbourne and Dhaka. The findings will be informed by semi-structured interviews, secondary document analysis, and a literature review.

  • Project dates: 2018–2022

The purpose of this research is to: 

  • Understand how the concepts of liveability, sustainability and their interconnections are being translated into urban development policies and practices 
  • Understand urban governance challenges and opportunities in liveable and sustainability city transitions in two contrasting socio-political contexts  
  • Draw important lessons for both developed and developing cities about their opportunities and challenges in terms of sustainability transition while maintaining liveability. 

This project aims to: 

  • Understand theoretical and practical meanings of liveability, sustainability and their interconnections constructed in the academic literature and practices respectively. 
  • Understand whether the urban development planning regime can ensure cities’ long-term sustainability while maintaining current liveability  
  • Identify urban governance challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of liveable and sustainable city transitions  
  • Generate policy lessons for a developed and a developing country city on how to maintain cities’ liveability and sustainability simultaneously.  
  • Identify actor and spatial dynamics of urban governance with reference to urban liveability and sustainability transitions.  
  • Generate a structure of governance that can promote urban liveability and sustainability transitions.  

This research will generate new knowledge about the challenges and opportunities of cities in ensuring liveability and sustainability simultaneously. 

Key People

Associate Director & Deputies

Can cities be liveable and sustainable? a comparative study of Melbourne and Dhaka

Tareq Zahirul Haque

PhD RMIT Centre for Urban Research

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