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:
- Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre
- NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable Communities
- Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL)
- Clean Air & Urban Landscapes (CAUL) Hub, National Environmental Science Program
- Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
- The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre Liveability Project
- Southern Cities Research Centre
- Urban Design, Transport and Health Research Hub
- Thrive Research Hub
Related University of Melbourne research initiatives include:
- Melbourne Research Cluster on Urban Connectedness
- Getting to Yes: Overcoming barriers to affordable family friendly housing in the central city
- Carlton Connect Initiative
- Associations between accessibility, active travel, health and economic impacts
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.
Solutions for achieving outcomes that meet environmental, social and economic imperatives, with a particular reference to transport.
What new urban levers can the Victorian state rapidly deploy to address Melbourne's homelessness crisis?
A delegation of University of Melbourne scholars participated in Habitat III - Towards a New Urban Agenda