Current Projects

Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Wet Market Reforms

2021

The goal of this rapid assessment project is to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted wet markets in Vietnam, Kenya and the Philippines, specifically on biosecurity reforms and policies.

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Fight Food Waste: Consumer Fridge Behaviour and Waste Reduction of Red Meat

2021 (ongoing)

This project aims to provide new temperature and consumer data to understand how red meat wastage could be reduced in Australian households.

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Building materials in a circular economy

2021–2022

This project uses a circular economy framing to investigate use and waste in material supply chains to contribute knowledge so that the housing construction sector can reduce, reuse, recycle and recover resources and rely much less on virgin material

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Global Healthy and Sustainable City-Indicators Collaboration

2018 (ongoing)

Good city planning produces co-benefits for individual and planetary health and wellbeing

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Codesigning urban nature stewardship: Gardens for Wildlife Victoria

2018 (ongoing)

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria is a participatory research project, involving a network of council and community members pooling their knowledge and skills to engage their communities in wildlife gardening.

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What happened to the outside? Exploring ‘nature’ in household retrofit

2021 (ongoing)

This project explores the intersections between household low carbon retrofit, energy vulnerability and local environments to place ‘natures’ more firmly into discussions and governance of retrofit for energy vulnerable households.

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Upper Stony Creek transformation: Impact on health, liveability, and connection to nature

2021–2023

This project will collect qualitative data after the transformation of the Upper Stony Creek, to better understand how urban greening projects impact resident perceptions of wellbeing, especially in disadvantaged areas with a lack of greenspace.

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People and Environment Program Online Seminar Series

2021 (ongoing)

This is a series of online talks hosted by the People and Environment Program, on the broad theme of people-environment relations.

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People and Place at Minta Farm

2020 (ongoing)

People and Place at Minta is a longitudinal study exploring the long-term impacts of place-making and innovation initiatives at Stockland’s Minta Farm estate on residents’ sense of wellbeing and active connections to place.

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Australian Urban Observatory

2020 (ongoing)

The Australian Urban Observatory launched in Feb. 2020. This ground-breaking digital platform is set to transform how we map liveability in Australia. Register now to view FREE liveability indicators across LGAs!

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Understanding and planning for the health and wellbeing impacts of climate change in the City of Greater Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula Shire

2021 (ongoing)

This project brings together researchers and practitioners planning for equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for all in the context of a changing climate.

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Joining Impact models of transport with spatial measures of the Built Environment (JIBE)

2020–2023

Bringing 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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Communities for Walkability: A citizen science project to connect local spaces and place

(ongoing)

Although much is known about walkability, physical activity and health in large cities, new research is needed to understand the unique context of walkability and health in small rural towns.

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Data to Decisions: Using big data for designing neighbourhood built environment indicators for early childhood development

2020 (ongoing)

Does neighbourhood design make a difference to early childhood development (ECD)? This project connects urban design and planning disciplines with ECD to explore the impacts of where we live on young children and families.

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Rethinking Research Impact

2019 (ongoing)

Researchers and research institutions are increasingly required to demonstrate research impact, but what exactly is research impact and how should we approach it, given the complex challenges the world faces?

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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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Planning for the 21st Century Municipal Markets in Victoria

2020 (ongoing)

The aim of this project is to draw on local and international expertise to develop and disseminate new models and planning guidelines for 21st century municipal markets in Victoria.

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Labour Nature Relations in Australia: Experiments in Collective Agency by Workers in the Climate Change Era

2019–2022

In an economic hegemony underwritten by the burning of fossil fuels – the fossil fuel regime – meeting the challenge of climate change will alter patterns of production and consumption and have far-reaching consequences for workers.

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How Well Are We Adapting

2017–2021

A climate change adaptation monitoring, evaluation and reporting tool, designed with and for Victorian local governments.

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Enhancing urban resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters: Honiara

2019 (ongoing)

The overarching aim of this project is to enhance the resilience of the city and its inhabitants to current and future climate impacts and natural disasters.

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The Climate Change Exchange

2019 (ongoing)

The Climate Change Exchange is a project that is establishing a collaborative climate change research-practice network to meet the knowledge sharing, capacity building, and research needs of various government and policy stakeholders.

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

2018–2022

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.

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Talking Country: Sharing Indigenous stories of place through mobile media

2019–2023

This project aims to investigate how media technologies can facilitate cross-cultural engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

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Digital innovations, PropTech and housing – the view from Melbourne

2019 (ongoing)

This research is concerned with the collection, digitisation and use of housing information in Australia.