News and events
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2015, ending an era of successful collaboration under a more traditional discipline based research framework which has been replaced by Enabling Capability Platforms in eight focus areas.
Selected RMIT and media coverage
- RMIT Awarded $2.36m in ARC Linkage Funding –Among the eight successful ARC Linkage submissions from RMIT, were submissions from the Centre Applied Social Research (Project Leader, Guy Johnson) and the School of Property, Construction and Project Management (PL, Kerry London), RMIT, 2 July 2014.
- Slash Australians’ Power Bills by Beheading a Duck at Night – In a recent article for The Conversation, Alan Pears (Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures) argues that with a mix of individual household, power company and government action, we could significantly reduce our demand for the most expensive peak-power that requires massive, wasteful infrastructure spending, The Conversation, 23 June 2014.
- Putting Indigenous Housing and Urban Food Security on the Agenda – UNGCCP Researchers Take Centre Stage at the 7th World Urban Forum (WUF 7) in Medellin, Colombia, UNGCCP, 18 June 2014.
- GCRI Researchers Awarded Top Prize – Liam Magee, Andy Scerri and Paul James were recently awarded ‘Best Paper of 2012′ by the US journal Applied Research in Quality of Life for their article ‘Measuring Social Sustainability: A Community-Centred Approach’, ARQL, 6 June 2014.
- Evaluating Government and Non-Government Projects and Programs Cause and Effect – A team of researchers from the Centre for Applied Social Research has led the development of a new online resource – Better Evaluation – which brings together information on evaluation methods from around the world RMIT 29 May 2014.
- CCAP Helps Pacific Ports Prepare for Changing Climate – An Interactive Online Tool is Helping Pacific Port Authorities to Factor Climate Change into Risk Management Process, RMIT, 23 May 2014.
- One year on from Rana Plaza collapse, work still to be done – Reflecting on the Rana Plaza collapse, Sharif As-Saber (Community, Migration and Development Program) asks, what has changed with respect to building safety, worker security, health and compensation? The Conversation, 24 April 2014.
- East Timorese scholarship recipients share domestic violence research – REW scholarship recipients, Luisa Reis Marcal and Teresa Pereira, recently presented at a seminar organised by the RMIT Globalism Research Centre, RMIT Training, 16 April 2014.
- Super investment pathway could close rental supply gap - A groundbreaking report by the Centre for Urban Research outlines a new investment pathway to lift the supply of affordable rental housing, RMIT, 15 April 2014.
- Stuck on the squirrel wheel – Peter Mares of the Australian Book Review reflects on Mike Berry’s (Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures Program) new book, The Affluent Society Revisited, Australian Book Review, April 2014
- A new home for urban research – The Centre for Urban Research was recently launched by former Victorian Labor Minister Bronwyn Pike and RMIT’s Professor Robin Goodman, RMIT, 9 April 2014.
- Disaster resilience in focus - RMIT researchers will focus on building the nation’s resilience to natural disasters, supported by $2.75 million in funding grants, RMIT, 4 April 2014.
- Global Cities Research Institute release 2013 Annual Review - In our fifth Annual Review we report on all the key events, activities, publications and projects for 2013. We also include updates from each of our seven research programs, RMIT, 4 April 2014.
- Commenting on missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 – Professor Joseph Siracusa of the Human Security and Disasters Program joins ABC News Breakfast to discuss missing Malaysian Airlines flight, MH370, ABC News Breakfast, 10 March 2014.
- Assessing the creativity of cities – Dr Ian McShane (Centre for Urban Research) knows what makes creative cities tick – and he’s putting that knowledge to good use for UNESCO, RMIT, 28 February 2014.
- Victoria’s trial by fire: Why we still need to tackle complacency - Professor John Handmer and Research Fellow Georgia Ginnivan (Human Security and Disasters Program) discuss public complacency and the need for greater bushfire preparation, The Conversation, 11 February 2014.
- Back to the drawing board for Australian urban planning – Professor Michael Buxton (Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures Program) comments on Australia’s deregulated planning systems and the growing mismatch between housing preferences and the type being supplied, The Conversation, 11 February 2014.
- Black Saturday bushfires remembered - Professor John Handmer (Human Security and Disasters Program) reflects on the lessons learnt from Black Saturday and how we might avoid a similar tragedy, ABC News 24, 7 February 2014.
- Dream homes of the future still stuck in the past – Dr Yolande Strengers (Centre for Urban Research) looks at ‘smart home technologies’ and asks, are we paying enough attention to the new ways of life these technologies promote? The Conversation, 3 February 2014.
- When will Australians finally stop wasting our energy? – Dr Alan Pears (Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures Program) considers the Abbott Government’s ‘Energy Issues White Paper’, The Conversation, 30 January 2014
- Heatwave sign of things to come – Journalist Greg Ansley draws from a recent article by Research Fellow Jane Mullett and Professor Darryn McEvoy (Climate Change Adaptation Program) to discuss the implications of January’s heatwave in South-East Australia, New Zealand Herald, 18 January 2014.
- With more heatwaves to come, how will our cities hold up? – Research Fellow Jane Mullett and Professor Darryn McEvoy of the Climate Change Adaptation Program respond to the question that is on everyone’s mind, The Conversation, 17 January 2014
- Global Cities Research Institute to screen acclaimed documentary Utopia - Two years in the making, John Pilger’s new documentary reveals a shocking national secret behind the postcard image of the “lucky country”, GCRI, 5 January 2014.
- Is there a smart energy utopia?- Smart Utopia? In her new book, Dr Yolande Strengers (Centre for Urban Research), aims to provoke thought around how “smart energy” is being connected to our daily lives and how these technologies and initiatives may evolve, RMIT, 11 December 2013.
- Research centre brings focus to communication and culture - The Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture (CPC) was recently launched by RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, RMIT, 14 November 2013.
- RMIT wins $10m in ARC research grants – Professor Peter Fairbrother, Dr Ruth Barton, Professor George Cairns, Professor George Wright and Professor Kevin Morgan enjoy ARC Discovery success, RMIT, 8 November 2013.
- Kenya and Somalia as complicated as Afghanistan - Professor Joseph Siracusa of the Human Security and Disasters Program discusses Al Shabaab and the recent terrorist activity in Kenya, ABC News Breakfast, 23 September 2013.
- Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city? Not exactly – Director, Paul James comments on Melbourne’s third ‘Most Liveable City’ award as well as the analytical framework used to determining a cities ‘liveability’ in The Conversation, 1 September 2013.
- RMIT University Climate Risk Assessment up for top honour - Work undertaken by the Climate Change Adaptation Program has been nominated for a prestigious Banksia Award (Climate Change category), Banksia Foundation, 21 August 2013.
- Rudd’s Hard Line: The basics will be out of reach for PNG’s new settlers – Victoria Stead from the Globalism Research Centre comments on the ALP’s plan to send all boat-arriving asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement in The Age, 22 July 2013.
- Report Released: Identification of opportunities to support structural adjustment in the Latrobe Valley region – Report on the opportunities for investment and job growth in the Latrobe Valley by the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work, DRALGAS, 29 July 2013 .
- Inaugural People and the Planet Conference: A resounding success - The UN Global Compact Cities Programme reports on the recent People and the Planet 2013 Conference (2-4 July).
- West fails to grasp that Arab Spring was never about democracy – Former adviser to Hillary Clinton and People and the Planet keynote presenter, Professor Peter Mandaville comments on the ‘Arab Uprising’, in The Age, 5 July 2013.
- ‘La Gente e il Pianeta 2013′ - Tomasso Durante of the Globalization and Culture Program speaks to Maria Grazia Gismondi about the the upcoming People and the Planet 2013 Conference (Italian language interview), SBS Radio, 3 July 2013.
- After the war: why Sri Lankan refugees continue to come to Australia - Director, Paul James along with Paul Komesaroff and Suresh Sundram help to explain why Sri Lankan refugees continue to make the dangerous journey to Australia in The Conversation, 10 June 2013.
- Close up: Islamist pop music – Chris Hudson, C0-Program Manager of the Globalization and Culture Program discusses islamist pop music and how it an influence cultural change with Dr Bart Barendregt, Anthropoligst at Leiden University in the Netherlands on ABC Ratio National, 13 December 2012.
- Advocates welcome boarding house legislation – Chris Chamberlain from the Centre for Applied Social Research and the Community Sustainability Program discusses this issue on ABC Radio National, 26 September 2012.
- Mining the nature strip – Tania Lewis from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program comments in The Age, 23 September 2012.
- Australia finally “discovers” Latin America: time now to forge relationships – This article is co-authored by Elizabeth Kath from the Human Security and Reconciliation Program and appeared on The Conversation website, 20 September 2012.
- When grand ideas hijack green plans – Cecily Maller from the Centre for Design and the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program, comments in The Age, 26 August 2012.
- The cost of living comfortably – Yolande Strengers from the Centre for Design and the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program, comments in The Age, 30 July 2012.
- Asian Sustainable Cosmetics Summit to focus on ethical and ecological issues – Karli Verghese from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program will explore the various ways cosmetic companies can adapt their packaging for sustainability at the Summit, reported on newhope360.com 23 July 2012.
- Western Victoria and South East SA rural report – Jane Mullett from the Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) discusses sea ports on ABC Rural Radio, 20 July 2012.
- Our cities are us – this article by Institute Director Paul James was published in the Harvard International Review, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, Summer 2012.
- Let us not repeat the Docklands mistake – Michael Buxon from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, 4 July 2012.
- Greater Melbourne just got a bit wider – Michael Buxon from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program is quoted in The Age, 21 June 2012.
- Foolish planning forgets about food - Michael Buxon from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program is quoted in The Age, 25 May 2012.
- Chasing the sun among high-rises a heated issue – Michael Buxon from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program is quoted in The Age, 20 May 2012.
- Cooking under pressure: how MasterChef reflects reality – this opinion piece by Tania Lewis from the Globalization and Culture Program was published in The Age, 2 May 2012.
- The death of rural country – Institute Director Paul James is quoted in this article about the enormous challenges that China faces in managing rapid urbanization in Eldario.com.mx, 28 April 2012.
- The long and short and tall of a city feeling pressure for change – Michael Buxon from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program is quoted in The Age, 25 April 2012.
- Rooming house occupancy rates soars – Chris Chamberlain from the Centre for Applied Social Research and the Community Sustainability Program is quoted on the website of ABC News, 18 April 2012.
- Ex-guerilla set to win East Timor presidency – Damian Grenfell from the Globalism Research Institute and the Human Security and Disasters Program discusses this topic on SBS Radio, 17 April 2012.
- Housing policies: designed to create stress, inequity and other health and social problems - Michael Buxon from the Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF) Program Program is quoted on Crikey, 3 April 2012.
- Only one sure strategy: go early – John Handmer from the Human Security and Disasters Program is quoted in regard to bushfire management in The Australian, 10 March 2012.
- Researcher visits Vila Chocolatao, Australian accompanies the process of resettlement – Elizabeth Kath from the Human Security and Disasters Program visits Brazil as part of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, reported on Correiodopovo.com.br, 1 March 2012 (article in Portuguese).
- Researcher linked to UN visits new Vila Chocolatao – Elizabeth Kath from the Human Security and Disasters Program visits Brazil as part of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, reported on Sul21.com.br, 24 February 2012 (article in Portuguese).
- Researcher praises experience of Vila Chocolatao - Elizabeth Kath from our Human Security and Disasters Program visits Brazil as part of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, reported on Porto Alegre Prefeitura News, 23 February 2012 (article in Portuguese).
- Fatal flaws in bushfire strategy – John Handmer from the Human Security and Disasters Program is quoted in The Weekly News, 17 February 2012.
- China urbanisation rattles on, but at what cost? – Institute Director Paul James is quoted in this article by the BangkokPost, 23 January 2012.
- Bali boy released and home in Australia – this opinion piece by Jeff Lewis from the Human Security and Disasters Program was published in The Age, 6 December 2011.
- China becomes an urban nation at breakneck speed – Institute Director Paul James is quoted in The Guardian, 2 October 2011.
- Will the Olympics save East London? – Institute Director Paul James is quoted in the New York Times, 29 July 2011.
- ANZAC Day – Institute Director Paul James discusses ANZAC Day on The Circle, 25 April 2011.
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