Centre for Urban Transitions

Partnerships and networks

We ensure that our research is relevant to the needs of government and industry by establishing strong research partnerships and involving partners in all aspects of the research design and delivery. The Centre for Urban Transitions’ established research partnerships include involvement in all six of Australia’s federally funded national urban research programs.

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

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The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a national independent research network with a mission to deliver high-quality research that influences policy development to improve housing and urban outcomes for all Australians. Swinburne is a foundational member of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

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CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI)

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The CRC for Spatial Information is a collaborative research centre that pushes the frontiers of spatial science in partnership with university researchers, government agencies, the private sector and international organisations. As a partner, Swinburne researchers work with CRCSI collaborators to deliver research outcomes to help industry grow in key sectors: agriculture, natural resources and climate change; defence; energy and utilities; built environment; and health.

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CRC for Low Carbon Living


The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is a national research and innovation hub that seeks to enable a globally competitive low carbon built environment sector and is supported by the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme. CRCLCL develops new social, technological and policy tools for facilitating the development of low carbon products and services to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

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Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

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AURIN is a national collaboration delivering e-research infrastructure to empower better decisions for Australia’s human settlements and their future development. Funded by the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund, and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS), the $28 million AURIN initiative is building the e-research infrastructure to enable better understanding of the current state of Australia’s cities and towns and to meet the challenges they face.

Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc)


The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) offers a unique industry-government-research collaboration to improve Australia’s built environment industry. It has the broadest built environment research alliance in the country, with Core Members including Aurecon, BGC, the Western Australian, Queensland and New South Wales Governments, Curtin University, Swinburne University and Griffith University; all of which are represented on the Centre’s Governing Board.

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities


The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) puts water at the heart of our cities’ biophysical, economic, and social wellbeing. The CRC brings together global thought leaders to drive cross-disciplinary research into urban planning and water management in Australia and overseas. Collaborating with our university, industry, and government partners, the CRCWSC helps cities respond to today's pressing water problems for the benefit of current and future generations.