Melbourne Metropolitan Area
Clarendon Street Arcade: reactivating South Melbourne's streets through play
This report outlines and examines the background context, design process and implementation of Clarendon Street Arcade. It offers lessons for researchers and artists undertaking similar playful interventions into public space.
Addressing infrastructure inequality: a path to equality for Melbourne’s outer suburbs
This report examines the unique mix of infrastructure inequality in Melbourne. It identifies the primary geography of infrastructure inequality in Melbourne, notably in its outer suburbs and the Interface Council areas.
The Suburban Rail Loop: not needed, not fit for purpose and a debt bomb
This report examines the merits of the Victorian government's decision to invest in the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) project, as part of their overall 'Big Build' infrastructure policy.
Social mix at Nightingale Village
Social mix, by including social housing tenures in private developments, is a widely used mechanism for improving access to social housing. Yet there is little evidence about its benefits despite growing interest in mechanisms such as inclusionary zoning. This report delivers a baseline of practitioner...
The playful parklet: a research report for the City of Stonnington
In 2021, researchers from RMIT University developed a 'playful parklet' - a small, portable public space for free public use that can be temporarily installed on kerb-side car parking spaces. This report evaluates the success of the project.
The resilience of Melbourne’s food system to climate and pandemic shocks
This report outlines the findings of an investigation into the resilience of Melbourne’s food system to climate and pandemic shocks and stresses.
Building the resilience of Melbourne's food system - a roadmap
This report outlines a roadmap of recommendations for increasing the resilience of Melbourne’s food system to shocks and stresses related to climate change and pandemic. This roadmap was developed through a collaborative co-design process with stakeholders.
Growing pains: the crisis in Melbourne’s growth area planning
This paper examines the governance failures which have led to this failure of planning in Melbourne’s growth areas. It shows that none of the objectives of the Victorian government’s Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines are being met and demonstrates how the design of residential areas and...
The role of urban design in accelerating urban transitions – the case of the City of Casey
This presentation seeks to describe and discuss the possible role played by the urban designer professionals at the City of Casey in championing and delivering the Excellence Design program.
Resilience and adaptation: urban manufacturing and cultural production in Melbourne’s gentrifying inner north
This paper focuses on interviews with urban manufacturers and cultural producers in Brunswick, a gentrifying suburb approximately six kilometres north of Melbourne’s central business district.
$35 billion is a lot for a subway that won’t really improve accessibility all that much
Compared to Melbourne's current the Suburban Rail Loop project, this paper argues that much more service, and thus accessibility, could be provided for a given budget through surface upgrade options. To test this assumption, the paper uses an ‘Alternative Network’ structure using a conservative but...
Flexible growth scenarios in Melbourne: impacts and opportunities of diversified dwelling supply
This paper presents a series of speculative growth scenarios in Melbourne that test how medium-density infill models can respond to short- and long-term housing needs.
Connecting Croydon: planning for a 20-minute neighbourhood
This research aims to explore the dual consideration of amenity and accessibility to facilitate effective place-based planning. By identifying Croydon South as a 'Low-amenity suburb' with high car dependency, a regression analysis revealed that bus stop density and commercial activity were variables that contributed to...
Melbourne 2050: scenario planning for 20-minute neighbourhoods
The literature lacks a methodological framework to guide the selection of location and design characteristics of a 20-minute neighbourhood. The present study intends to fill this gap by developing neighbourhood typologies and performing a scenario-based approach to identify the types of 20-minute neighbourhoods that can...
Unpacking representations of ‘the environment’ in local government environmental discourses
This research explores environmental discourses of local councils situated in the Merri Creek catchment in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, a settler-colonial country.
Integrated Child and Family Hub models for detecting and responding to family adversity
Reupert A., Yap M.B.H., Eapen V., Haslam R., Sanci L., Fisher J., Mukumbang F.C., Loveday S., Jones R., Constable L., Forell S., Morris Z., Montgomery A., Pringle G., Dalziel K.
Integrated community healthcare Hubs may offer a ‘one stop shop’ for service users with complex health and social needs, and more efficiently use service resources. Various policy imperatives exist to implement Hub models of care, however, there is a dearth of research specifically evaluating Hubs...
Evaluation capacity building in primary prevention: learning enquiry final report
This report represents the culmination of recent evaluation capacity building efforts in Melbourne’s west and a subsequent learning enquiry to understanding the current state of play for evaluation capacity from a systems perspective.
Benchmarking Melbourne 2022
This report measures Melbourne’s all-round performance against 20 peer cities. The report highlights the need for greater collaboration between business, institutions, government, entrepreneurs and residents, to ensure that Greater Melbourne has a great future.
Recruiting for diversity: what we heard in Melbourne’s west
The Recruiting for diversity project explores barriers and enablers, within organisations, that support or hinder recruiting for diversity. This work provides insight into organisational culture, systems and structures relating to recruiting a diverse workforce from the perspective of human resource departments.
Launch Housing’s inaugural impact report 2020-2021
This report outlines the story of what has changed for people, community and society in Melbourne as a result of Launch Housing's work over the past year, along with their understanding of what has influenced those changes.
Children, young people, and health in Brimbank
This report summarises the change over time, from 2006, of a subset of key health and education indicators included in the Brimbank Atlases of Health Education (Editions 1 and 2). It examines change for Brimbank as a whole, within Brimbank where data are available, and...
Strengthening our health communication systems: pandemic lessons for Melbourne’s west
Effective health communication during the pandemic has been particularly challenging for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who live in Melbourne’s west. This review draws upon literature from COVID-19 and other pandemic or emergency responses.
Street space allocation and use in Melbourne’s activity centres
This research from urban planning experts details how inner-city suburbs in Melbourne lack footpath space – increasingly vital real estate amid strict indoor dining capacity limits that have been imposed as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rezoning honeypot: evidence from Fishermans Bend
Planning decisions that alter the nature or extent of property rights on land can generate large windfall gains on the value of that land. This study compares 2017 sales data for 33 properties in Fishermans Bend where there was a repeat sale at the time...
Legally minded: understanding how legal intervention can improve the lives of people with mental ill-health
This report presents the research findings and discussion drawn from eight interviews with Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) clients experiencing mental ill-health to explore the perceived impact of legal intervention on their lives.