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Future Cities

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. 


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:


Related University of Melbourne research initiatives 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.

Research Convenors


A delegation of University of Melbourne scholars participated in Habitat III - Towards a New Urban Agenda


An e-book, featuring peer-reviewed chapters written by leading academics.


Billie Giles-Corti, expert in liveable cities, challenges us to rethink our lifestyles...