Membership

The Global Cities Research Institute ceased operation at the end of 2015, ending an era of successful collaboration under a more traditional discipline based research framework which has been replaced by Enabling Capability Platforms in eight focus areas.

Principles of membership

  • All ‘Members’ of the Global Cities Institute have the same standing in principle.
  • We encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-Program collaboration on projects and other activities.
  • Membership is a collegial relationship based on research collaboration; it is not based on rights.
  • Membership is open to all RMIT Researchers.

Becoming a member

  • Any researcher at RMIT University is welcome to nominate themselves to be considered for membership within our Programs.
  • Please contact the appropriate Program Leader or Manager if you are interested in joining one of the Programs.  You will find their contact details on the Research program pages of this website.

Membership definitions

Member

  • A Member of the Global Cities Institute is a researcher directly involved with an Institute Program and is a participant in activities of that Program (such as projects, forums, grants applications and publications) undertaken by the Institute.
  • A Member of the Global Cities Institute is a researcher who has registered to be a member through self-nomination and accepted into a Research Program of the Institute. This can be changed annually.
  • A Member of the Global Cities Institute cannot normally at the same time be a Core Member of another Institute at RMIT.

Core Member

  • A Core Member of the Global Cities Institute is a researcher directly involved with an Institute Program and is a participant in activities of that Program (such as projects, forums, grants applications and publications) undertaken by the Institute.
  • A Core Member of the Institute will have a total of at least five research outputs in the past three years which would be recognized in the ERA exercise for the relevant discipline. Books and other major works will be weighted appropriately and may be accepted in lieu of five separate research outputs. Research outputs may be co-authored. The University recognizes that a range of outputs, other than publications may be appropriate in disciplines such as creative arts, architecture, multimedia studies, etc., and will work to ensure relevant measures of excellence as determined by international peers are used.
  • The category of ‘Core Member’ is an accounting category only used by the Global Cities Institute for the purpose of auditing outcomes as part of the required University process.
  • Certain other persons may also be nominated as Core Members, such as early career researchers—defined as researchers within five years of graduation of their PhD—and those persons who have contributed to an institute in a significant way with major other outputs.

 Affiliate

  • An Affiliate of the Global Cities Institute is a researcher directly involved with an Institute Program and is a participant in activities of that Program (such as projects, forums, grants applications and publications) undertaken by the Institute, but does not meet the definition of ‘Member’.
  • This category of association might, for example, include Core Members from other Institutes, the Director of the Global Cities Institute who by convention does not take any money from program funds for his/her research, and researchers outside of RMIT.