Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures - projects
|Ongoing||Beyond behaviour change|
The Beyond Behaviour Change research area includes a cluster of projects based on the application of social practice theory to environmental policies and programs. Projects to date have sought to understand the socio-technical positioning of air travel in corporate organisations as an expected and normal way to meet, the ways in which smart metering demand strategies interact and intergrate with householders' everyday practices of heating and cooling, and how aspirations and expectations for housing are changing on Melbourne's suburban and coastal fringe.
|2014063030 June 2014||Comparative regional policy: Europe, Asia, Australia|
This project is a comparative study of regional policy in Europe, Australia and in selected Asian countries which aims to inform regional policy and program development in Australia.
|2012061515 June 2012||Cost-effective methods for evaluation of neighbourhood-renewal programs|
The aim of this research project is to fill this existing void in the evidence base by utilizing cost-effective quantitative methods to measure the effectiveness of neighbourhood renewal in fulfilling its objectives.
|2012123131 December 2012||Design-led decision support for regional climate adaptation|
Given the fact that climate change will have an impact even if reducing carbon emissions is very successful, designing regions in a way they become adaptive to climate change is necessary.
|2012091515 September 2012||Housing security: consequences of underemployment|
This research project aims to provide a comprehensive population-wide analysis of the consequences of time-related underemployment as it relates to different housing tenures and household groups.
|201204011 April 2012||Housing supply bonds: a suitable instrument to channel investment towards affordable housing in Australia?|
This research aims to develop a sustainable and low-cost private financing instrument, based on the adaptation of Housing Construction Convertible Bonds, in order to expand the supply of affordable rental housing and contribute towards Australian housing needs in the long term.
|2014083131 August 2014||J2SI evaluation (assisting the chronically homeless)|
This project will conduct a randomised control study of two different service intervention for the chronically homeless.
|2013043030 April 2013||Living change: adaptive housing responses to climate change in the town camps of Alice Springs|
The project has three primary research objectives: 1. To identify current adaptive practices of residents in newly provided or refurbished houses in three Alice Springs town camps in relation to comfort control and healthy-living practices, and highlight resident vulnerabilities to extreme weather events (particularly increased incidents of hot weather), and rising energy and water costs. 2. To identify tenancy management practices that increase or reduce vulnerabilities to climate change scenarios for town camp residents and promote the integration of sustainable living practices into existing tenancy management and future public housing provision. 3. To build the existing research capacity of the Tangentyere Research Hub to include energy and water use studies, and sustainable design through technical and social practice research.
|2015033131 March 2015||Opportunity spaces: community engagement in the planning, use and governance of shared school facilities|
Opportunity Spaces is a three year project which will research the effective use of schools as community hubs. Current investment by Australian governments in school facilities is a key aspect of educational reform, local infrastructure provision and social policy. This project will focus on joint school-community shared use facilities in Victoria, locating Victorian developments within wider Australian and international policy and practice. The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a research partner in the project.
|2012063030 June 2012||Pilot study: NRCL community development site|
The aim of this project is to realize an innovative new form of sustainable development on Melbourne’s urban fringe.
|2012053131 May 2012||Place-making applied research|
This study is exploring the role of place-making in ensuring that urban renewal projects integrate economic competitiveness, social inclusion and environmental sustainability, in different urban settings (inner suburbs, middle-ring development, urban-fringe low density), but especially in relation to urban renewal.
|2012063030 June 2012||Resident third party objections and appeals against planning aplications: implications for medium density and social housing|
This project focuses on residents’ concerns about changing neighbourhoods.
|2012063030 June 2012||School-community learning partnerships|
School-community partnerships in peri-urban regions have the potential to contribute to the ‘community resilience trinity’ of social, human and natural capital. Eighteen case studies of successful learning partnerships have been conducted in and around Melbourne, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Cairns.
|2015123131 December 2015||Selandra Rise: evaluating a master-planned community designed for health and wellbeing|
In order to explore how and whether planning for health can lead to better outcomes for residents of new communities, this project explores the planned, emerging and accidental health outcomes of Selandra Rise, a master-planned community in Melbourne, Australia.
|201408088 August 2014||Spatial network analysis for multimodal urban transport systems: planning for best practice public transport networks|
Through exploring the concept of accessibility in relation to best-practice public transport networks, the research will contribute to the understanding of the effects of transport policies and programs on the spatial distribution of housing.
|2012123131 December 2012||Sustainable families|
The project involves a collaboration between RMIT researchers and the Kildonan Uniting Care team. The project team is adopting a 'social practices' framework for understanding householder practices and to informing the types of responses required to assist householders live more sustainably.
|2012043030 April 2012||Think tank: adapting housing aspirations and expectations on the coastal suburban and regional fringe|
The challenge for this project is to address directly how and why housing aspirations and expectations are changing in relation to house design, size, layout, fixtures and furnishings, and what impact this has on climate-change-adaptation issues and opportunities. The project will have a practical orientation, focused on identifying avenues for altering or facilitating adaptive expectations and aspirations.
The projects listed above are current or recently completed.
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|201009011 September 2010||Accelerating sustainable buildings in Local Government|
The project commenced with the premise that local government practitioners can make changes within areas of their control to enable sustainable outcomes for their organisations.
|201009011 September 2010||Adaptive learning networks for sustainable procurement|
The project continues work begun in the School of Management to develop improved sustainable procurement (SP) outcomes in public and private sector organizations through a program of adaptive learning and networks.
|2007122929 December 2007||Australian launch: the International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics|
To cement relationship with our partners Reading University, UK; Uppsala University, Sweden and Delft University, Netherlands
|201009022 September 2010||Australians’ attitudes towards factory farming|
This study explored Australian attitudes toward factory farming and the consumption of factory farmed products in light of the impact of intensive animal agriculture on the environment, community health, animal welfare and its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
|2011073131 July 2011||Benchmarking social infrastructure: a guide for shaping communities for wellbeing|
This project aims to assist in the delivery of responsive, flexible, well-resourced and timely human services for Victorian peri-urban communities to help avoid social problems that can lead to entrenched disadvantage in the future.
|201001022 January 2010||Bushfire community safety|
A suite of projects is directed at improving community education for bushfire preparedness among residents in high-risk bushfire areas. Focused on the question of "What works in bushfire community safety: how, for whom and in what settings?", a nation-wide set of case studies conducted between 2005 and 2009 was used to develop an overarching framework and methodology for planning evaluating bushfire community safety and education programs.
|2007123131 December 2007||Collaboration with Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu), Salford University, Great Britain|
To prepare an ARC Linkage International ARC Social Sciences Collaboration funding application, with SURF, Salford University as partners for 2008
|2009123030 December 2009||Dematerialising urban households for long-term greenhouse savings|
To identify realistic strategies for reducing the amount of household commodities entering landfill.
|201109011 September 2011||Drivers, attitudes and barriers to ‘green’ investment by landlords of private rental properties|
This research project has been undertaken in two stages. The research provides a body of knowledge regarding the practices of landlordism and the constraints and opportunities these present in retrofitting rental housing for climate change.
|201009011 September 2010||Education for sustainability|
The project analyses the processes that can enhance inter-sectoral collaboration in lifelong learning for sustainability and develops and evaluates strategies for influencing learning for sustainability throughout Australia and, cross-culturally, within the Asia-Pacific region.
|201101011 January 2011||Exploring the influence of cultural background on first and second generation migrants’ use of energy and water in the home|
There is a strong push from governments and environment organisations for households to reduce their consumption of water and energy, and to improve the environmental sustainability of their lifestyles.
|201109011 September 2011||Household sustainability assessment tools|
The Australian Greenhouse Calculator, developed by Adjunct Professor Alan Pears for the Environmental Protection Association (EPA, VIC), formed the starting point for development of Australia’s first comprehensive energy and water and greenhouse gas assessment tool for Australian households.
|201101011 January 2011||Improving housing outcomes for young people leaving state out of home care|
The project is focusing on developing a new understanding of the housing needs of young people leaving care.
|2008012929 January 2008||Indigenous housing|
To prepare an ARC Linkage application (Nov 2007), with the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian Housing Departments as partners.
|201101022 January 2011||Industry education for sustainability (IEfS) project|
The purpose of the IEfS project is to pilot the igreen and Y Green programs in selected organisations to support employment and educational career pathways in green jobs for young people in the City of Whittlesea.
|2007122929 December 2007||Infrastructure scoping study: sustainable built environments in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City|
The proposed project is in conjunction with the Climate Change Adaptation programme of the Global Cities Institute and in partnership with the Viet Nam Green Building Council. VGBC-GCI research collaboration will speed the development of sustainable/adaptive engineering and architecture in Viet Nam. There are two initial Phase I elements which will produce peer-reviewed publications and lead to funding from a range of institutions, allowing continuation and amplification.
|201109011 September 2011||Integration of building assemblies and materials scorecard (BAMS) and Rating Tools|
The BAMS methodology provides an opportunity to establish a definitive method and reporting format to assess the environmental performance of building assemblies.
|201109011 September 2011||Investigative panel on a socially sustainable housing system|
Key outputs will be a final report detailing the collective views of panel members on policy options for reducing the negative impacts of housing market volatility on vulnerable households; a summary report and an AHURI seminar comparing the outcomes of the two studies (Australia and UK) and considering ‘lessons learnt’ in each country and their implications for each other.
|2011053131 May 2011||Labelling for recyclability|
This project reviewed recycling labels on packaging in Australia and recommended strategies to improve both their legal compliance and their effectiveness in supporting recycling programs. The review focused on labelling for mechanical material recycling of consumer packaging (primarily collected at kerbside).
|201101011 January 2011||Learning for carbon neutral communities|
The project commenced with community based greenhouse assessments and renewable resource assessments to determine the technical potential for carbon neutral communities.
|201109011 September 2011||Learning for sustainability in higher education|
This project aims is to identify influences and processes for promoting organizational learning for sustainability in complex organizations.
|201109022 September 2011||Life cycle assessment of beverage container systems|
This peer reviewed research project developed an updated life cycle inventory for aluminium cans, and also compares this beverage container system to other similar packaging formats (glass and PET) across their respective life cycles.
|2010122929 December 2010||Lifetime affordable housing|
The research develops lifecycle costing methods to provide an evidence base for low-carbon residential forms, designs, locational efficiencies and policies.
|201109011 September 2011||National heritage and sustainability project: residential buildings|
The aim of the project is to provide empirical research evidence in the form of a comparison between life cycle embodied and operational energy performance, greenhouse gas emissions, water and other environmental impacts of a range of heritage building designs compared to ‘improved’ retrofitted designs where heritage values are preserved.
|2010123131 December 2010||Other countries’ policy initiatives to meet the housing needs of asset-poor older persons: implications for Australia|
This study will conduct a systematic review of the international academic literature and policy documents concerning government and financial institution initiatives to meet the housing needs of asset-poor older citizens.
|2007122929 December 2007||Partnership with City of Melbourne and Urban Innovations Institute, Netherlands|
To enhance relationships with potential key research partners, the City of Melbourne and the Urban Innovations Institute, Netherlands
|201101011 January 2011||Planning reform, land release and the supply of housing|
This study aims to establish the link between land use planning policies and mechanisms and the form of housing supplied by examining details of both planning policy and housing supply in the state of Victoria over a time period covering two significant policy regime shifts.
|2010122727 December 2010||Remaking suburbia|
What successful interventions can be made in overcoming institutional, social, economic and cultural barriers to enhance environmental performance of home improvements in Australia?
|201101011 January 2011||Resilient urban systems: a socio-technical study of community scale climate change adaptation initiatives|
Resilient energy and water systems are required to reduce Victoria’s vulnerability to climate change, which if not addressed, could have serious impacts on health and wellbeing.
|2011123131 December 2011||Resilient urban systems: a study of community-scale climate change adaptation initiatives|
Resilient energy and water systems are required to reduce Victoria’s vulnerability to climate change, which, if not addressed, could have serious impacts on health and wellbeing.
|201009022 September 2010||Review of Melbourne water community education programs|
This project involved a review of Melbourne Water Community Education Programs with the aim to advise on the development of future learning experiences to not only increase community knowledge about river health, water supply and sewerage issues, but also inspire and encourage the community to take an active role in protecting and improving the health of catchments and waterways.
|2008122828 December 2008||Spatial network analysis of multimodal urban transport systems (SNAMUTS): a comparison of Melbourne and Hamburg|
To examine and quantify the efficacy of the land use-public transport interplay in metropolitan Melbourne and Hamburg at various points in time over the last 40 years.
|201009011 September 2010||Sustainable procurement in the public and private sector: A case study in Malaysia|
The aim of this study is exploring the nature and extent of current level of Sustainable Procurement (SP) practices, identifying the opportunities to implement SP, what barriers they have encountered and what the executive/senior manager is thinking, and how they are acting, in relation to the SP challenges we all face.
|2011093030 September 2011||Sustaining homeownership in the 21st century: emerging policy concerns|
The research aims to chart the challenges to homeownership in the twenty-first century, and to explore the possible policy responses to these challenges. The research will develop ideas about how housing policy might reform the tax treatment of homeowners in ways that might implement the goals sought by direct housing assistance measures.
|201109022 September 2011||The city as a curated space|
The research study is considering the current global and local social climate of the culture of cities and how this impacts upon the role of the visual artist in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. This research evaluates the current climate and will be important in documenting the current status of the methods which have been used to date in planning the city as a curated space. The study considers and rethinks contemporary issues in the area of curating art exhibitions in the urban environment and is intended to assist those working in the area of cultural planning in the future.
|200909022 September 2009||The corporate take-over of retailing in major Australian cities|
The project has included compilation of data from the shopping centre reports produced by the Property Council of Australia which profiles corporately owned centres.
|201101011 January 2011||The environmental sustainability of Australia’s private rental housing stock|
The Australian Government, in partnership with State and Territory and local governments, is currently committed towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, principally through the establishment of a Carbon Emissions Trading (CET) scheme.
|200901022 January 2009||The role of art for social and cultural transitioning toward sustainability|
This project explored how the social and cultural transition toward a sustainable Australia can be facilitated through art by examining, through the lens of systems thinking, implementation and outcome of a regional arts program titled ‘Fresh & Salty’.
|2007123030 December 2007||The urban 45: ideas for Australia’s cities|
The aim of the "Urban 45" is to produce brief and clear statements of the problems of Australian cities and possible public interventions that could be practically undertaken to move us further forward.
|2011083131 August 2011||Understanding the patterns, characteristics and trends in the housing sector labour force in Australia|
This study aims to enhance understanding of the characteristics, patterns and trends of the housing sector labour market and to ensure the sector is better equipped to meet the future needs of the Australian housing system.
|2009122929 December 2009||Urban energy and water infrastructures and everyday practices: bridging the divide|
The aims of this project are to: Disseminate new knowledge to energy and water government departments, environmental agencies and utilities (stakeholders) regarding the ways in which energy and water infrastructures shape norms and practices; Utilise feedback from these stakeholders obtained during a series of tailored workshops to write two refereed journal articles; and Develop strategic research links with stakeholders interested in transitioning towards an alternative resource and demand management approach.
|2009123030 December 2009||Vietnam scoping study|
To establish relationships of trust between RMIT researchers and urban authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in order to be in a position to be a partner of choice and seek collaborative research projects funded by development agencies, ADB, etc. There will be an emphasis on sharing experiences between these Vietnamese cities, the City of Melbourne and Melbourne local councils in order to establish cross-city learning and capacity building.
|201009022 September 2010||Visual methods for the sustainability discourse|
This project sought to broaden and contextualise the use of visual methods as a medium to generate knowledge and serve as a research tool within the sustainability context.
|201101011 January 2011||What works? Letting young people speak for themselves|
Using new technologies such as podcasts this study seeks to understand what has helped young people make the transition from care to independent living.
|201101011 January 2011||Youth leadership for sustainable consumption|
This project aims at further developing the community capacity building program called ‘otherWISE’.