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Changing cities for the future

Our cities were designed for a world of the past. Private cars now clog our streets during peak hour and most daylight hours on weekends. Some Asian cities are jammed 24/7. So what should we do? Build more roads? Or build for the fast changes...
Report

Local economic leadership

As local economic development is often not a statutory responsibility of governments, and as it is also a multi-sectoral form of public intervention, it is also an arena for substantial innovation, where leadership sets the agenda and builds the context for progress.
Article

Too hot in the city

Our concrete jungles are getting so hot they could eventually become uninhabitable. But a team of UNSW researchers is working hard to cool them down.
Article

Here's what social media can tell us about the performance of Australian cities

Since 2016, the Regional Australia Institute and LinkedIn have mapped data on local skills and job mobility of workers in eight regional Australian cities, providing local leaders with critical near-time data on the skills, connections and mobility of their workers.
Submission

Regional Capitals Australia submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry

Regional Capitals Australia (RCA) is pleased to present this second submission for consideration by the Productivity Commission (the Commission) and welcomes the potential for the study’s outcome to inform the government’s approach to regional policy. RCA is a growing alliance of 31 local governments across...
Discussion paper

Urban water futures: trends and potential disruptions

The drought is over, and this is now an ideal time to reflect, to take stock of where the industry is at, to scan the trends, disruptions and innovation opportunities that lie ahead, to imagine what the water industry could look like in the next...
Commentary

Taking the pulse of a city: Melbourne’s vital signs

Vital Signs is a report series that gathers good-quality data about a city from reputable sources to provide a snapshot of its community, explains Catherine Brown.
Report

Melbourne vital signs 2014

This report outlines key indicators assessing the quality of life, health and well-being of residents in metropolitan Melbourne.
Report

Greater Melbourne vital signs 2017

Like most Australian cities, Melbourne faces many challenges as it strives to be a 'liveable' place to reside for its citizens.
Report

Creating liveable cities in Australia

Representing the culmination of five years of research, this report examines seven domains of a city’s liveability that also promote the health and wellbeing of Australians – walkability, public transport, public open spaces, housing affordability, employment and the food and alcohol environments.