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Urban design solutions for ameliorating urban heat island in Ipswich, Queensland

This study aimed at providing evidence-based analysis of how the existing urban design affects street microclimates in key areas of Ipswich, including two in the city centre and one in a recently developed suburb on the southern part of Ipswich .
Conference proceedings

City health and liveability: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Papers in this track bring together academics, tertiary students, policymakers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to explore how our cities are impacting health behaviours, risk factors and outcomes, and how cities can be more resilient and equitable in the decades ahead.
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Exploratory study of a systems approach to improving microclimates in public spaces and reducing heat-health risks

By applying a systems theory lens to bioclimatic urban design this paper explores how urban design can reduce heat in the urban environment
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Climate justice in practice: addressing social inequity and climate resilience through place-based capacity building with community service organisations and local governments

This paper outlines a place-based approach to enabling climate adaptation and resilience across community service organisations (CSOs) and local governments in Melbourne particularly in areas experiencing socio-ecological disadvantage.
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Increasing resilience to climate change in the Western Sydney region: an analysis of local council strategies for climate, health, and wellbeing

This research aims to identify how the eight councils have addressed climate risk and resilience, and to determine the barrier and enablers to planning, implementing, and evaluating related strategies across the Western Sydney region.
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How to prioritise healthy place-making?

This paper reports on research conducted just ahead of the 2020 pandemic, that surveyed 350 built-environment practitioners in NSW, and in a diversity of fields, about the barriers and opportunities (personal, workplace, regulatory and attitudinal) they experience when seeking to deliver health-supportive places.
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Housing quality, neighbourhood environment and loneliness in COVID-19 pandemic

This study aimed to examine the extent to which housing quality, other housing attributes and neighbourhood characteristics contribute towards COVID-19 related loneliness in different household types.
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Calculation of policy-relevant spatial indicators of urban liveability: experiences of scaling a research programme from local to global

A pilot project, which focused on Melbourne in 2012, developed an initial workflow to calculate address-level liveability measures. This paper reviews methodological challenges encountered in the scaling up of this 5-year collaborative research program.
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COVID-19 infection outbreaks in Melbourne: what is the role of the built environment?

This ongoing research examined the effects of the built environment attributes on COVID-19 infections, using metropolitan Melbourne as a case study. This study explores the intracity dynamics of Melbourne neighbourhoods using postcode-level data and analysis across three different outbreaks.
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Weight centrism in research on children’s active transport – time for a paradigm shift

This paper explains the concept of weight-centrism, including the science that questions the link between weight and disease. Using a review of 112 studies on children’s active school transport, it explores and problematises expressions of weight-centrism in urbanism research.