Investigating how everyday practices and behaviours of city-dwellers come together to deliver innovation, entrepreneurship and adaptations towards just, healthy and productive cities.
Cities articulate the relationship between people, infrastructure and nature. As technology, local and global contexts change, new ways of living and working can play a transformative role in shaping healthy, just and productive neighbourhoods and communities.
A key question for this research program is how can cities and people thrive in a future of space premiums, densification, diversity, resource restraint, automation, digitalisation, artificial intelligence, 3D fabrication and radical decarbonisation? Our research focuses on how everyday practices and behaviours of city-dwellers come together to deliver innovation, entrepreneurship and adaptations towards just, healthy and productive cities. We seek solutions, actionable knowledge and new developmental paths to enable these outcomes.
Our studies include:
urban environments as social and economic infrastructure
long-term dynamics of urban transitions and path creation
migration and urban diversity.
Our PhD students are researching:
circular plastic economies — household practices and plastic consumption
smart cities — beyond technology, towards sustainability
green space and wellbeing — access, distribution and built form
community gardens and migrants’ belonging.