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Commentary

26 Oct 2017

Australia is increasingly linked to a fast-growing global population. The populations of Sydney and Melbourne are both expected to exceed 8.5 million by 2061. What will Australia’s cities look like then? Will they still be among the world’s lowest-density cities?

Such sprawling cities...

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Research report

16 Oct 2017

This current case study report forms part of a Melbourne Water funded RMIT University research project which investigates the role of the water sector in urban liveability, greening and cooling. Greening the West provides an interesting case study on this topic due to the...

Journal article

25 Sep 2017

Metropolitan planning and development of Australia’s cities for much of the past 75 years has been strongly influenced by what could be termed the “North American model” of low-density, car-dependent suburban development on greenfield master-planned housing estates. The negative social, economic...

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23 Aug 2017

Victoria has experienced strong population growth since 2011, with the population forecast to grow from 6.1 million in 2016 to 7.7 million by 2031. Rapid growth is creating unprecedented challenges for infrastructure and service delivery, especially in growth areas where services are limited and...

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21 Aug 2017

The fast growing outer suburbs are in transition, economically as well as demographically. Their populations and their economies are becomingmore diverse. Their economic and housing role has become even more important against the backdrop of rapid economic growth of our cities, agglomeration,...

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Research report

14 Aug 2017

This project explored neighbourhood experiences of residents in two ethnoreligiously diverse suburbs in Melbourne’s north, Fawkner and Broadmeadows. The two localities were chosen because they both have large Muslim minorities (25 and 30 per cent respectively at the time of the 2011 Census, and...

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Commentary

01 Aug 2017

A large body of research shows that living in cities can harm our health. We know poor urban design can lead to people being less physically active, which is a factor in weight problems, obesity and cancers. But did you know urban life might lead to poor mental health?

Recent research...

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Article

14 Jul 2017

Urban development typically looks to governments, local and national, to take the lead in transforming urban landscapes to promote sustainability and wellbeing. This is especially so when problems requiring a coordinated response – such as climate change – are deep and urgent.

However, in...

Article

03 May 2017

The concentration of disadvantaged people in certain parts of cities is almost always seen as undesirable by urban researchers and policymakers. But is this always the case?

Our research demonstrates that it isn’t...

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29 Dec 2016

 

Australia is world-famous as a swimming nation. We have a celebrated beach culture, not to mention more privately owned pools per person than any other country. Yet few urban Australians would consider swimming in their city’s river.

Almost every major Australian city sits on the...

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Journal article

26 Sep 2016

Over the past decade research on urban thermal inequity has grown, with a focus on denser built environments. In this letter we examine thermal inequity associated with climate change impacts and changes to urban form in a comparatively socio-economically disadvantaged Australian suburb. Local...

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Article

31 Aug 2016

Australia was born urban and quickly became suburban. Almost as quickly, the idea of the suburb – the location of the Great Australian Dream – began to attract its enemies, here and across the Western world. At first, though, the enemies of the suburb were far outnumbered by its friends. But...

Audio interview

10 Jul 2015

Planting a few extra trees around your house could add years to your life, according to new research.

An Adelaide-based professor has been involved in a major Canadian study of 250,000 people which found people who live in streets with lots of trees feel younger and healthier.

The...

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Working paper

18 Mar 2013

Making parallel cases for Muslim and African American collective life, this paper suggests taking the otherwise meaningless commonality of racial identity to which blacks have been ‘condemned’ and using it as a platform to incessantly provoke, experiment, reach out, argue and figure out ways to...

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28 Mar 2011

“Locational disadvantage” has an enormous impact in many Australian suburbs. But an experiment in Sydney’s 2168 postcode area is yielding results, writes Melissa Sweet in Inside Story

THE sun is intense as I drive back to Miller, a suburb of some...

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Research report

01 Jan 2011

This project is about the effect of population growth on communities and the social factors which influence how suburbs grow from small townships to larger suburbs. The project has its origins in the issues identified by Crossroads Youth and Family Services, a program of The Salvation Army. It...

Research report

30 Jul 2010

This report documents the continuing growth and transition of the Western Region of metropolitan Melbourne identified in the 2004 report by the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies. It follows a number of reports about the Region, in each of which strategies that seek to better integrate the...

Research report

29 Nov 2009

Suburbs are springing up to cope with a rapidly growing population, yet many families have little or no supporting public transport links to the CBD or across suburbs, lack employment opportunities to keep parents close to their children's schools, and have inadequate access to educational...

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Research report

01 Aug 2009

The research was undertaken in 2008 and provides a unique insight into the lives, views and aspirations of people living in the suburbs of Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park. These two areas, located in the rapidly growing outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, represent the types of communities which...

Slides

10 Mar 2004

This presentation examined key demographic shifts, including sea-changing, and its effect on property.

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