Social sustainability

Sustainable societies


Regionalisation ambition 2032: a framework to rebalance the nation

This framework is designed to help direct the actions of government, industry and the community towards achieving a greater proportion of Australians living prosperously in the regions by 2032 and beyond. The framework has been developed from a decade of research and with extensive input...
Discussion paper

Population and climate change

The relationship between population and climate change is complex. This paper reviews the evidence, and includes unique insights by lead author Ian Lowe, who has been involved in climate policy and research in Australia from its very beginning in the 1980s.

Integrating wellbeing into the business of government: the feasibility of innovative legal and policy measures to achieve sustainable development in Australia

The findings outlined in this report provide practical insight into innovative approaches to translate sustainable development into national, state and local laws and/or policies.
Journal article

A hybrid approach using entropy and TOPSIS to select key drivers for a successful and sustainable lean construction implementation

Successful implementation of the lean concept as a sustainable approach in the construction industry requires the identification of critical drivers in lean construction. This paper presents a list of all essential drivers within three aspects of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) and proposes a novel...
Journal article

Populating the social realm: new roles arising from social procurement

Employment requirements, as part of social procurement, are increasingly used in construction procurement as a tool to mitigate issues of exclusion on the job market. To create a better understanding how employment requirements nurtures a new type of actor, here named the “employment requirement professional”...

Global city challenges: the creative and social economy solution

This report looks at how the creative and social economies can offer solutions to some of society's biggest challenges, spur innovation and help us overcome the challenges of tomorrow.

New Zealand health strategy: future direction

The New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction outlines the high level direction for New Zealand’s health system over the 10 years from 2016 to 2026. The New Zealand Health Strategy: Future direction outlines the high level direction for New Zealand’s health system over the 10...

Sustainable practices in small and medium sized enterprises in regional Australia

This research explores how regional small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are making greater commitments towards sustainable practices.

Early intervention services for children with disability

Initiatives to improve the social and economic outcomes for individuals with disability and their families are shaping structural reform within the disability sector. Key reforms include the move away from a welfare-driven jurisdictional model, to start a market-driven, national approach. Within these reforms, disability services...
Journal article

How to grow impact investing

‘Impact investing’ refers to investment with the intention to achieve both a positive social, cultural or environmental benefit and some measure of financial return. This article asks what will it take for the impact investing market to flourish in Australia? Despite large forecasts, the impact...

Night time economy strategy: promoting the safety, vibrancy and functionality of Yarra at night 2014-2018

The City of Yarra is renowned for its dynamic night life spread across a number of precincts, principally Collingwood and Fitzroy (Smith, Gertrude, Brunswick and Johnston Streets) and Richmond (Victoria, Church and Swan Streets and Bridge Road). In addition at night, activities such as leisure...
Discussion paper

Social sustainability: creating places and participatory processes that perform well for people

Social sustainability is about ensuring the sustenance of the diverse social relations that exist in healthy communities. Creating the physical, cultural and social places that support wellbeing and a sense of community involves a process of engagement with the people who inhabit those places. There...

A 'sustainable' population? - key policy issues

Population growth has been the subject of much public discussion in recent times. However, widespread misconceptions about the pace, characteristics and implications of population growth means that much of this debate has not been as well informed by the facts as the topic deserves. To...

International students strategy for Australia 2010-2014

This strategy outlines 12 initiatives to address four areas: international student wellbeing, quality of international education, consumer protection and availability of better information for international students.
Conference paper

Suburban renewal – greenfields of opportunity

This paper is a conversation about the opportunity provided to us to makeover our suburban environments and incrementally improve their resilience to climate change.

Evaluation of the Severe Domestic Squalor Project

This report assesses the Severe Domestic Squalor Project, which aims to facilitate holistic assessment and support for people who are living in squalor; foster sustainable solutions for clients; and educate service providers. The report concludes that the program provided high quality services to an underserviced...
Working paper

Social sustainability: towards some definitions

Since the emergence of widespread concerns over environmental degradation in the 1960s, a great deal of work has been put into the concept of environmental 'sustainability'. More recently, economic and social sustainability have been adopted as additional and interrelated concerns. Sustainability is now a broad...

The fourth pillar of sustainability: culture’s essential role in public planning

This book was commissioned to examine of the potential value of a specifically cultural perspective to the planning, service delivery and evaluation activities of local government. Published in 2001, it continues to be used today to underpin rigourous cultural planning strategies.