The Smart Cities Research Institute applies innovative and socio-technical approaches to address the challenges facing the world’s fast-growing cities — challenges such as climate change, altered energy, food or water security, issues of mobility and health, ageing population and disruptions to the nature of work and home. We are striving to meet these challenges head-on through the development of ‘smart cities’. 

Our research programs

Our research is transdisciplinary — encompassing urban technology, design and communication, computer and data science, health and psychology, and social science — and always includes at least one external partner. 

Insights and analysis

A ‘smart city’ uses information and communication technology to provide innovative and efficient services, raising the standard of living for all while promoting sustainability and reducing human impact on the environment. It also introduces opportunities for citizens to participate in design decisions that directly affect them. Read the latest insights and analysis in this space from our team.

Work with us

We have a talented team of researchers across a variety of disciplines who can work with you to solve complex problems of all sizes. Get your project started by following these steps:

  • Discuss

    Step 1

    Let us know what challenges you are experiencing, your ideas or your questions and we’ll align our research expertise. Call us on +61 3 9214 5177 or email

  • Develop

    Step 2 

    Relevant experts from our team will work with you to create ideas and identify possible solutions to the challenges we are facing. 

  • Resource

    Step 3

    If the project needs funding, there are various opportunities we can tap into, including applying for external grant funding.

  • Implement

    Step 4

    We will design and implement a research project to address the issues at hand and deliver answers.

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    Our highlights

    Read about events we’ve been part of, significant partnerships and important outcomes from the Smart Cities Research Institute.

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Upcoming events

  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Aviation
    • Business

    Swinburne Aviation Leadership Lecture Series - COVID-19 – Learning how to Fly

    Join us for a discussion on the implications of COVID-19 on the aviation industry with the CEO of Melbourne Airport, Lyell Strambi.

    Mon 19 October
    2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Online Webinar
    Register now (Swinburne Aviation Leadership Lecture Series - COVID-19 – Learning how to Fly )
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Built Environment and Architecture
    • Design
    • Information Technologies

    Citizen Juries: Getting to the Best and Fairest Idea

    This workshop invites members of both the Swinburne and Boroondara communities to meet together (online) – to discuss fair and inclusive consultation methods and to imagine how a citizen jury might be formed to contribute to future urban planning to support studying, working, shopping and recreation in the Glenferrie precinct.

    Thu 22 October
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Register now (Citizen Juries: Getting to the Best and Fairest Idea)
  • Research
    • Innovation
    • Technology
    • Built Environment and Architecture
    • Business

    Smart Cities Week 2020 - Discovery Session: Post COVID Urbanism

    As part of Smart Cities Week ANZ 2020, join us for a panel discussion on post COVID Urbanism, and what our cities need to consider with respect to new mobility, e-commerce and related innovations and disruptions.

    Tue 6 October
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Online Webinar
    Register now (Smart Cities Week 2020 - Discovery Session: Post COVID Urbanism)

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Contact the Smart Cities Research Institute

If your organisation would like to collaborate with us to solve a complex problem, or you simply want to contact our team, get in touch by calling +61 3 9214 5177 or emailing

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