This seminar questions the assumptions underlying such practices and argues that more needs to be done to ensure the digital is sustainable, rather than a contributing agent to the Anthropocene
From a community-informed, community-based descriptive approach to the launch of a randomised controlled trial Community greening efforts are lauded for their potential to beautify neighborhoods, increase opportunities for nature contact, improve outlook and health, purify the air, and cool the local climate, among many other benefits. Community gardens, as one example of community greening, offer […]
What can Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific region learn from the European experience?
This seminar draws on two examples of climate experimentation in Berlin and Philadelphia to examine how urban climate experiments seek to govern futures in the present, and the political implications of this process, by understanding them as heterotopic sites.
Join us for an evening with renowned Australian environmental designer and permaculture co-originator David Holmgren together with Professor Ralph Horne and Associate Professor Anitra Nelson as they posit model futures and intervene in the current debate.
Coming from different areas of law, our four eminent speakers will discuss the relationship between law and climate change in their particular area focusing on the ways law might currently be a hindrance to climate change action and ways it is or could be a powerful, positive tool.
This seminar considers the interrelationship between regional characterisations of fire-prone landscapes including scientific portrayals of wildfire and their associated risks.
The aim of this presentation is to examine flood risk management in England as a combined environmental, socio-technical and socio-cultural process, using a specific case study of the Don Valley in South Yorkshire. Flooding is a recurrent threat in England. Moreover, according to various authors, governments in England as in many other countries have increasingly favoured […]
Resilience and climate adaptation are concepts increasingly used in urban policies and plans. In the context of cities and towns with high levels of inequality, one might argue that building resilience and investing in adaptation is of urgent important to reduce exposure and sensitivity of vulnerable groups, particularly as these groups frequently have a low […]
The assumption that urban disaster risk is set to rise is increasingly acknowledged and shared by academics and practitioners. However, the existing scholarship has largely focused on rising hazard exposure resulting from urbanisation, while the urbanisation effects on other risk factors such as societal sensitivity or the urban capacity to deal with disasters and crises have […]
Universities are catalysts of change as sites of innovation, creating solutions for global problems. RMIT is committed to engaging with its community of passionate people to embed sustainability across Learning &Teaching, Research and operations. Join the RMIT Student Union’s Sustainability department, Careers and Employability, and RMIT’s Sustainability Committee and Property Services at the Sustainability Showcase. A […]
Join us for a seminar by David Smith, our guest from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, as he present his work on urban resilience in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The research develops a systemic understanding of marketplaces and questions means to build on them to strengthen urban resilience. It studies the way three marketplaces in Port-au-Prince Haiti function, have […]
Over the past few decades, many have been been looking to urban food production as a potential solution to many environmental and social ills. Join our guest Salvatore Engel-di Mauro from SUNY New Paltz University, New York as he explores some of the major environmental and social challenges relative to fieldwork results from New York, Rome, […]
Recent climate change adaptation plans in Australia call for appropriate risk management strategies for assets and services via implementation of enhanced disaster resilience strategies and policies to facilitate climate resilience across the community. This can be seen translated into a number of action plans such flood plain management plans, coastal adaptation pathways, city water plans […]
The Slow Emergencies Workshop will be held in Adelaide between 2-4 July 2016. Confirmed speakers include: Kevin Grove (Florida International University) Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro (New Platz SUNY) Paul Brown (UNSW/Nuclear Futures Project) Matthew Kearnes (UNSW) Lauren Rickards (RMIT) Kirsty Douglas Modern categories of emergency generally focus on “bounded events” that explode out of the assumed substrate […]
Critical engagements with resilience are increasingly converging around a standard narrative. In fields such as geography and international relations, this narrative broadly asserts that resilience is a novel mechanism for extending and consolidating the ongoing neoliberalisation of social and ecological relations. Resilience, these critics assert, is neoliberal precisely because it provides a positive justification for […]
Although resilience is now a ubiquitous term, the ways in which it is being taken up in diverse contexts is necessarily varied. This begs the question: what does or could resilience in Melbourne mean? What aspects of contemporary Melbourne, and its history and possible futures, are shaping how resilience is being or could be applied? […]
It is said that we have (recently) moved out of the Holocene epoch and entered the Anthropocene; that humans are now the dominant geological force shaping the Earth itself, and that our species is a force of nature exceeding other natural forces. Despite sounding like, and claiming to be, a geological epoch, the term Anthropocene […]
The impact of private property rights and regulatory takings doctrines on implementing retreat from rising seas in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Legal issues can complicate the implementation of coastal retreat as an effective response to sea level rise. Through comparative analysis, we determine if private property rights protection are related to the […]
This essay introduces the three frames, then shares some of the outcomes from the The Nature of Cities Summit Seed Session.
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.
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.
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.
From edible cities to plastic pollution – two RMIT experts share their thoughts on sustainability issues across two continents.
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.
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?
From climate science to agricultural upcycling, and food packaging to urban farming, meet four researchers from around the world working towards a sustainable future.
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.
A new OECD report has warned that Australia risks falling short of its 2030 emissions target unless it implements “a major effort to move to a low-carbon model”.
The new community initiative Gardens for Wildlife, based on RMIT research, will serve as a role-model across Victoria to encourage gardening to support local wildlife.
The Northern Hemisphere is currently suffering an unprecedented heatwave. In Japan, more than 100 people have died and tens of thousands more are in hospital due to heat-related illness.
Connecting people with place is a popular and appealing pursuit in Australian cities.
With Australia’s population reaching 25 million this month, the liveability of our cities has become critically important for our national prosperity and sustainability.
A new virtual greening app, based on research from RMIT and the University of Melbourne, has won both the People’s Voice and the Judge's Webby Award – the ‘internet’s highest honour’.
A new platform mapping environmental conflicts developed by RMIT urban researchers helps to support just transitions from coal to clean energy without disadvantaging workers and communities.
Sustainability challenges blur the boundaries between academic disciplines, between research, policy and practice, and between states, markets and society. There is also significant policy interest in ensuring that the research undertaken by universities and other scientific organisations has impact.
More than ever, cities face multiple crises posing paradoxical opportunities. Key challenges for cities in the urban century are climate change, inequality and governance.
Questions about the future of coal are often presented as a rational choice between energy sources with different economic costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and levels of reliability.
As cities grow in size and consumption, sharing has been suggested as a possible means to conserve resources, prevent waste and provide new social and economic relations.
Poor and disadvantaged Australian suburbs risk having urban hotspots that are more than 10 degrees higher than those found in greener, wealthier areas, an RMIT University study has found.
A lot of faith is vested in cities to tackle climate change, and with good reason.
RMIT and Trinity College Dublin researcher Dr Ferne Edwards has spent the past few months harvesting food, distributing organic goods and joining strangers around communal dinner tables.
Despite the creation of a new Energy Security Board to try to hold regulators and policy makers to account, the ability of the present structure to deliver is uncertain.
The release of 2016 Census data provides a good opportunity to reflect on the future growth of Australian cities. And what better example of the future to use than Tokyo?
While climatic changes can be hard to put a finger on, many farmers agree that their rules of thumb for how weather behaves and seasons unfold increasingly feels a bit wobbly.
Australians were once world champion beef-eaters but now you’re much more likely to find chicken than steak on Australian dinner tables.
RMIT is teaming up with industry in Europe to plan for the impacts of climate change on cities, such as droughts and flooding, and to take stock of what city leaders around the world are doing.
Water is one of our most precious resources. The management of urban water has evolved over time to address new challenges faced by cities
Our cities are increasingly beset by a lack of affordable housing, inequality, lagging infrastructure – the list goes on.
2017 is looking like a busy and challenging year across the energy sector and it is the year where many long-festering energy policy problems must be addressed.
With apologies to Jean-Paul Sartre, I am able to announce that I have formally registered my address in Munich with the German government therefore I am, I exist.
RMIT Centre for Urban Research Australian Environmental Justice team have won a competitive environmental justice grant run by international organisation, Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade.
Based at RMIT Europe in Spain, Tirado led the delivery of the University’s first Ethical Cities: Urban Innovation Forum in Barcelona this year – a one-day event that saw critical questioning and debate across a range of significant urban challenges.
Two RMIT students have travelled to Ecuador as Australian delegates to the United Nations Housing and Sustainable Urban Development conference, after receiving prestigious Global Voices scholarships.
Three researchers from the Centre for Urban Research have been recognised by RMIT University for their outstanding research contributions and industry collaboration.
RMIT University today launches a first-of-its-kind Ethical Cities open online course at the UN’s global cities summit to connect people around the world with ethical concept and practice for cities.
Lauren Rickards, co-leader of the Climate Change and Resilience (CCR) research program, and Raven Cretney, PhD student, represented the CUR at a recent workshop at the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) at Virginia Tech, in Arlington, Virginia.
Having run the diplomatic equivalent of a cross-country marathon, there was concern that negotiations on the New Urban Agenda might trip at the final hurdle.
Melbourne may have a lot of work to do to regain the top position in the 2016 Economist Global Livability Ranking.
Sustainable Futures: Part Two explores the ways environmental management professionals develop and implement environmental strategy and action plans to secure the environment for the future.
Pushing up through the Earth, out through the dirt of the lower strata towards the bright stratosphere, cities are emerging out of the Earth’s surface like a voracious vine.
Climate projections for Australia tell us that children born since the millennium can expect anything from 1.7oC to 5.1oC degrees of warming in their lifetimes.
RMIT is setting the agenda on what it means to live in environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable cities through a series of workshops, symposiums, talks and forums in Barcelona.
In Darebin, for World Environment Day 2016, a panel of prominent climate change experts discussed the current climate situation, why we should be taking action, and what local governments, other levels of government and individuals can do to address climate change.
Is a second Basslink cable the best solution for Tasmania? And with the UN now trading carbon offsets, how can you become a voluntary abater? Alan Pears reviews the options.
Are humans now an “urban species”? Do we now live in an “Urban Age”?
A new book edited and authored by RMIT urban experts examines the rise of the “sustainability citizens” movement and how it’s inspiring a new perception of citizenship for the better.
The APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) project on Low Carbon Model Towns, led by APEC’s Tokyo-based Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) has run since 2011.
A major campaign, “Cool Japan”, is underway to promote the nation as a “cultural superpower”. As part of a resurgence of interest in the Edo era (the name for Tokyo between 1603-1868), we want to suggest that “Edo Japan is Cool!”
RMIT University’s Alan Pears AM is available to comment on the Victorian State Government’s plan to work towards a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Melbourne’s new resilience project is helping local government frame conversations about resilience beyond emergency management to social and urban vulnerability, according to an RMIT study.
What does World Environment Day mean in a world in which we are no longer sure what ‘environment’ means?
Recently, Stephen Flood Post Doctoral Fellow at the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Director of Research and Pacific Projects at SmartEarth Ireland, visited the Centre for Urban Research to discuss his working paper on the legal issues affecting coastal retreat as an effective response to sea level rise.
The selection of Melbourne to participate in the international 100 Resilient Cities program sponsored by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation generated a mix of hopes, expectations and concerns.
While many of us can barely imagine what a million chickens in a shed might look or smell like, peri-urban and rural communities often have firsthand experience. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but planning conflicts show not everyone appreciates an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour.
This April, members of the CCR research program presented on the group and their research at a meeting of the Victorian Universities Rural and Regional Research Network hosted for the first time at RMIT.
The Conversation’s academic experts look at the history of policies, whether they have been tried in Australia before, and how likely they are to succeed.
Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority has brought charges against four companies over the Hazelwood coal mine fire, which burned for 45 days in February and March 2014, blanketing the nearby town of Morwell in smoke.
Since 1965 the per-capita annual consumption of chicken meat in Australia has increased ten-fold from 4.6 kilograms per person in 1965 to 44.6 kilograms in 2012.
Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city.
Combining water and architecture for sustainable living
The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11 required a momentous recovery undertaking by the City of Christchurch in New Zealand. Five years on, what insight can we glean from the fallout?
How can we lock liveability into our cities in coming decades? That is one of the questions posed for this week’s Australian Urban Thinkers Campus at RMIT University.