The Future Cities Research Cluster within the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute is a whole-of-university research group seeking to investigate and generate best-practice, policy-relevant evidence to understand and effectively respond to the challenges facing urban environments. To do this, cross-faculty research teams work closely with decision-makers to identify and seek solutions to the wide range of complex problems facing cities.
Image credit: Anton Malishev, City of Melbourne
The Future Cities Research Cluster has a particular focus on:
- Theoretical, conceptual and policy debates about urban futures, especially at the metropolitan scale
- Urban sustainability, resilience and connectedness
- Planning, design and governance for sustainability, equity, and community wellbeing
The research generated within the Future Cities Research Cluster is cross-cutting, innovative, and relevant.
Substantial research programs connected to the Future Cities Research Cluster include:
Throughout the year the Future Cities Research Cluster hosts and supports a range of activities, including public lectures and lunchtime seminars, collaborative workshops and Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) Forum and mentoring opportunities.
MSSI, in partnership with Chancellery, has led a submission to the Federal Parliamentary inquiry into the Australian Government’s Role in the Development of Cities.
Investigating the impacts of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on Australia’s cities and urban regions.
What new urban levers can the Victorian state rapidly deploy to address Melbourne's homelessness crisis?