Melbourne Metropolitan Area

Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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...
Report

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.
Report

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.
Strategy

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.
Conference paper

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...
Conference paper

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.
Conference paper

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.
Conference paper

$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...
Conference paper

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.
Conference paper

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...
Conference paper

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...
Conference paper

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.
Journal article

Integrated Child and Family Hub models for detecting and responding to family adversity

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...
Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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.
Report

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...