MSSI Papers reflects work undertaken by members of the Institute’s scholarly research community (within and beyond the University) and visitors.
Our Research Papers are a key communication initiative of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, aimed at stimulating thought and discussion within the University of Melbourne and broader community and showcasing the scholarship of MSSI. The vision for the Series is cutting-edge, rigorous and engaging papers that not only introduce, represent or respond to existing research, but test out new ideas and help set the agenda around sustainability.
Strategic Planning for Melbourne's Green Wedges
This paper highlights some critical trade-offs between competing land uses in the Green Wedges, particularly where areas with high biodiversity values are involved.
Benchmarking Urban Exchanges: Lessons for Melbourne
This benchmarking report outlines the potential future themes and activities to foster Melbourne’s transition toward a more sustainable and healthier city.
Melbourne: How big, how fast and at what cost?
Whilst Melbourne has previously been awarded the most ‘liveable city’, it is fast becoming an economically and socially polarised city. Cheaper housing may attract people...
Degrowth 'from below'? The role of urban social movements in a post-capitalist transition
Capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet means the economic system we take for granted could end soon. If so, transformative and sustainable change must...
They Make the Change: roles of actors in transitions
This paper presents a theoretical framework with a central role for those who actually make the systems change, the actors in transitions, the agents of...
Is Global Collapse Imminent?
Resources are being used up at a rapid rate, pollution is rising, industrial output and food per capita is rising. The population is rising quickly.
The Ideology of the Anthropocene
In this research paper, Jeremy Baskin critically examines the concept of the Anthropocene and asks what work it does.
Resilience and Justice
Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an unbalanced world.
Resilience and its Discontents
This research paper will contribute in a modest way to the work of debating and defining resilience.