Investigating how cities can be reshaped to reduce carbon intensity, become more vibrant and meet sustainable development goals.
As cities develop, new areas are constructed and existing areas are redeveloped. This research theme studies the strategies — such as nature-based solutions, 20-minute city and circular economy concepts — through which cities in Australia and around the world can reshape themselves in a way that reduces carbon intensity, creates more vibrant cities and meets sustainable development goals.
Our research examines urban policy and governance, socio-technical transitions, building and urban water policy, urban design, institutional and community behaviour change, building retrofitting, design and operation, and community and private-sector engagement. The key disciplines involved are urban planning and design, scenario modelling, complex adaptive systems science, urban informatics and architecture.
Our studies include:
Qualitative policy and solutions-oriented research
Future studies, visioning and horizon scans for trends as well as dynamics and drivers for urban change
Urban modelling and policy scenario analysis, including using GIS or Agent-Based Modelling
Systematic and rapid reviews of emerging urban policy issues
Common metrics and indicators for monitoring urban transformations
Economic, business-case and investment analysis in low-carbon urban development.