Urban Policy & Practice

This collection includes resources related to cities and towns, public infrastructure, planning, transportation and more. The collection is supported by the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology as part of the APO ARC Linked Data II Project

Urban Policy & Practice

Audio interview

3 Jan 2018

There are calls for changes to the nation's building code to ensure homes are heat stress resistant in summer.

A study has found new 'energy efficient' homes can actually be less resistant to heat than older double-brick homes.

As a result, Australian's are...

Article

3 Jan 2018

In Denmark, they are using re-using waste heat from one place to heat entire housing estates. This is good news for both the environment and energy consumption.

Journal article

1 Jan 2018

In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...

Journal article

20 Dec 2017

Research identifies that resilience, not just efficiency, should be considered explicitly in roadway project selection and justify investment opportunities related to disaster and other disruptions.

Report

19 Dec 2017

The 2017 review, conducted by the Department of the Environment and Energy, aims to ensure the Government's climate change policies remain effective in achieving Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments.

Discussion paper

18 Dec 2017

This discussion paper is a sociological account of the history of successful urban Aboriginal community development by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people in the city of Newcastle.

Report

14 Dec 2017

This report examines whether the level crossing removal project is cost-effective in terms of whether it has improved, or is expected to improve, the safety and efficiency of the state’s road and rail network.

Audio presentation

14 Dec 2017

The overwhelming majority of Australians say they care deeply about our built heritage, but recent battles over heritage listed Melbourne properties reveal that the protection and preservation of our buildings is fraught.

Research report

13 Dec 2017

Home purchasing and renting, particularly in our capital cities, is now beyond the reach of many people. Are governments around Australia effectively tackling the pressing issue of housing affordability?

Report

12 Dec 2017

This audit report considers whether Queensland's approach to strategic transport planning enables effective use of transport resources and a transport system that is sustainable over the long term.

Other interactive resource

12 Dec 2017

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.

Journal article

10 Dec 2017

This study examines the association between health enhancing and threatening, and social and physical aspects of the neighbourhood environment and general practitioner (GP) assessed morbidity, in order to find out whether the effects of environmental characteristics add up or modify each other.

Report

9 Dec 2017

Urban water infrastructure faces a number of challenges over coming years. This report outlines a pathway for reform.

Report

9 Dec 2017

Infrastructure Australia commissioned this report on the optimal settings required for economic, environmental and health regulation in the Australian urban water sector, and the opportunities for regulatory improvement.

Presentation

8 Dec 2017

Cooling Western Sydney is a Sydney Water study on the role of water and other technologies in mitigating urban heat in western Sydney.

Report

8 Dec 2017

The Performance Framework allows users to track the performance of cities across key measures: jobs and skills; infrastructure and investment; liveability and sustainability; innovation and digital opportunities; governance, planning and regulation; and housing.

Report

8 Dec 2017

This technical report summarises transport activity patterns across Melbourne, both now and in the future.

Report

8 Dec 2017

This report outlines deep concerns with planning and governance for the proposed West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP) and, by extension, with the wider context for transport planning in Victoria.

Article

7 Dec 2017

Beyond the benefits of dockless bike sharing for people’s mobility and health, these services are producing an ever more useful byproduct: journey data, which could be a powerful tool for city planners and policymakers

Guide

7 Dec 2017

This guide, developed by practitioners from cities across North America, sets an 'all ages and abilities' criteria for selecting and implementing bike facilities.