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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








CITIES OF THE FUTURE: WHAT SHOULD BE THEIR FORM?

Solutions for achieving outcomes that meet environmental, social and economic imperatives, with a particular reference to transport.

NEW URBAN LEVERS TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS

What new urban levers can the Victorian state rapidly deploy to address Melbourne's homelessness crisis?

HABITAT III

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

MELBOURNE: WHAT NEXT?

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