Remembering and recovering from COVID-19
Relationships Australia is the home of the Neighbours Every Day campaign, which promotes the importance of social connection. This project sought to understand the unique effects COVID-19 and associated restrictions have had on multicultural communities in Melbourne, especially in relation to their social connections.
The digital CBD roadmap: a vision for Melbourne as a leading digital city
Annette Markham, Max Parasol, Alexia Maddox, Tharuka Rupasinghe, Ahmad Salehi Shahrak, Banya Barua, Son Tran, Laki Kondylas, Michael Fairbairn, Tulley Kearney, Sally Piper, Darcy Allen, Indigo Holcombe-James, Jacinthe Flore, Julian Waters-Lynch, Konrad Peszynski, Nataliya Ilyushina, Trent MacDonald, Todd Denham, Amarens Breteler, Kelsie Nabben
This report outlines a vision for Melbourne to start moving towards a globally influential digital city by as soon as 2023 - if funding is prioritised. This would allow for a more efficient and effective economy, while creating a city that is secure, connected and...
Filtering as a source of low-income housing in Australia: conceptualisation and testing
This study investigates how filtering contributes to market-provided, low-income housing in Australia. It critiques the conceptualisation of filtering as a source of housing for low-income households, tests for the presence of filtering dynamics in housing markets (using Melbourne and Sydney as case studies) and considers...
Are people ready for a digital CBD? The new infrastructure demands
This report provides an analysis of how people in Melbourne use digital technology and infrastructures, and provides recommendations on what infrastructure requirements are needed for a digital CBD.
Staged releases: peering behind the land supply curtain
This report investigates the rate of lot sales in nine major master-planned housing developments. The research reveals a 'staged release' approach that responds to price growth, but appears crafted to avoid supply-led price declines.
Formalising the informal at Flinders Street Station: the tension between heritage and spatial management
Using the example of the entrance to Flinders Street Station – and the iconic steps and clocks that serves as a popular gathering point – this paper discusses how the development of an informal cultural practice embedded within the Melbourne imaginary is also challenged by...
Towards just and resilient supply chains for a digital CBD
Just and resilient supply chains are fundamental to the development of a digital CBD. In order to build digital cities, digital supply chains need to be built first. This report examines the challenges and opportunities through web3 technology to build more resilient, secure and just...
Beyond ‘mobility reductionism’: striking new paradigms for the wellbeing of Wheeled Mobility Device (WMD) users in the public realm
This presented paper is an exercise in reforming policy planning on disability and ensuring the participation of WMD users in communities. It is critical of the conventional placemaking approaches that focus solely on meeting mobility needs and are ‘mobility reductionist’.
Poverty and affluence in Sydney and Melbourne
It is arguable that the neoliberal macroeconomic policies pursued in Australia from 1994 to 2019 exacerbated social segregation at regional scale and that this contributed to the increase in economic inequality. To assess this argument, social segregation is mapped for Sydney and Melbourne (each divided...
The social life of privately-owned public spaces in Melbourne
Understanding design, management, and social use of privately-owned public spaces (POPS) are usually focused on American cities, especially New York. It is essential to study POPSs in other countries and understand how they work based on local policies and regulations. This research answers questions about...
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.
The praxis manifesto
This manifesto outlines the goals of the Alliance for Praxis Research (APR), a collective of academics from diverse cultural and scholarly backgrounds.
Developing an urban resilience framework for application in local government: a research-practice collaboration
This paper explores a partnership between university researchers and the City of Melbourne which sought to clarify the concept of urban resilience and make it applicable to the multi-sectoral work of local government.
City diplomacy and Australian LGAs: the potential for global urban leadership in pluralised systems of local government
This paper asks whether the comparatively limited jurisdiction of local governments in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney hinder their capacity to lead meaningful change within their countries when compared with their peers in these groups?
Place identity and economic significance of urban forms of ethnic precincts in Melbourne, Australia
This paper examines place identity of neighbourhoods characterised by a large number of Vietnamese and their ethnic businesses in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. The paper responds to urgent demands for knowledge, tools and strategies to better design and manage Australian cities, neighbourhoods, and public spaces for...
Mapping Melbourne’s parklets: understanding the capacities of street spaces
A parklet is a small, barrier-protected space which temporarily transforms kerbside parking space for public use. This paper maps and analyses 594 parklets across metropolitan Melbourne, identified from aerial surveys and field observation, and examines a range of urban design factors across various scales that...
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.
Experience of high-rise apartment living in Australia: a case study of Southbank, Melbourne
This research explored how high-rise residents experience Southbank, their sense of place and how they live there. Two key questions are: What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within the high-rise building in which they live? and What are Southbank residents’ sense of place within...
Placing production in urban cultural policy: the locational patterns of cultural industries and related manufacturing
By fixating on a narrow geographic area, policymakers have overlooked the functional diversity and spatial extent of arts and cultural clusters in large metropolitan regions. We call attention to these industrial and geographic oversights in policy by examining the intersection between cultural industries and urban...
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.
Integrating logics in strategic spatial planning: a case study of the Melbourne urban growth boundary
Through analysis of Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) as a case study, this paper explores intersection between different stakeholder objectives and logics, and asks: “Why did the UGB change so much within the first decade of its establishment?”
The Docklands DAO: reimagining precincts in a digital CBD
This report explores a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) for the Melbourne CBD designed to rejuvenate the Melbourne CBD for all stakeholders and used as a tool for targeted economic stimulus, community governance and community engagement.
The future of the digital CBD: Melbourne and beyond
This report provides the multi-disciplinary context for, and approach to, building a digital CBD. The report draws together expertise surrounding digital technologies and cities from economics, law, the social sciences, media and communications, and cybersecurity, to identify Melbourne’s challenges, transition points and opportunities.
Electric light passenger vehicle uptake in Melbourne: projections and spatial distribution by 2030
This report contributes to the task of improving knowledge of electric vehicle (EV) uptake in Australia by providing ongoing results from exploratory research into EV spatial demand using Melbourne as a case study.
Housing key workers: scoping challenges, aspirations, and policy responses for Australian cities
This scoping study considers whether governments in Sydney and Melbourne and select international jurisdictions (the USA and UK) consider key worker housing needs and how they support key workers to access appropriate housing.