'We should make a game about this': The story behind Untitled Goose Game
RMIT PhD researcher and games designer Michael McMaster proves that research isn’t all work and no play as his now viral Untitled Goose Game takes off.
Can apocalyptic games prepare us for future sustainability threats?
What can playing apocalyptic games teach us about climate change or energy security? Urban resilience expert Dr Anthony Richardson explores how games can tackle future challenges at the global gaming festival PAX in Melbourne.
New research centre to investigate safer automated decision-making
A major new research centre will investigate how rapidly emerging autonomous decision-making technologies can be used safely and ethically for all Australians.
Melbourne as a playable city
This Melbourne International Games Week, the playable cities project explores how technology can reconnect us to our cities and bring urban play to everyday life.
Creating exceptional student experiences to get top spot
RMIT has ranked as the number one Victorian University for student engagement in the 2020 Good Universities Guide.
Six emotions shared by young people living with climate change
Today, thousands of Australian students will protest government inaction on climate change. Sustainability expert Dr Blanche Verlie explains how climate change is emotionally impacting young people.
Affordability the key barrier to getting all Australians online
Findings from the fourth Australian Digital Inclusion Index show that while internet services continue to improve, lower-income households are being priced out.
Circular economy plan neglects corporate buy-in at its peril
Sustainability experts say the Victorian government’s circular economy strategy will sink if not opened up to business and innovation sectors as an economic development plan, rather than a narrowly-defined waste management issue.
Educating the next generation of girls
They’re among the big issues in our society, so what do the people helping shape the minds of the next generation of young women think about the future world of work and gender equality?
Confused or clueless about global politics? Barely Gettin' By is the podcast for you
A new podcast is using a history of the present and a different perspective to explore key political events and issues to ask what’s being missed when we only hear certain voices.
Exhibition brings wilderness ambiance to the city
The exhibition, opening this week at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, explores how the sounds of the wilderness can transform our urban environments and the wellbeing of their inhabitants.
What you really need to know about Melbourne being named the world’s second most liveable city – again
Melbourne has retained second place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index but what, if anything, does it all mean? Our experts explain.
Meet Tamzin Rollason: Expert in sustainable fashion
Sustainable apparel is in vogue but is it the answer to fashion’s environmental footprint? Researcher Tamzin Rollason delves deeper into the eco-style trend.
RMIT leaders to help shape Victoria’s investment in creative industries
Two of RMIT’s highly regarded creative leaders have been appointed to a new advisory group that will help shape the Victorian Government’s strategy and investment in the creative industries from 2020.
Online in the outback
A new podcast from remote Australia reveals how the world’s oldest living culture is embracing mobile technology.
Distracted by rubbish, sustainability plan forgets people
Experts warn a major opportunity to improve sustainability in Victoria could be missed by focusing exclusively on patching up recycling systems while failing to address more fundamental issues.
Five liveability challenges Melbourne and Bangkok must face together
What can Melbourne and Bangkok learn from each other to improve liveability and wellbeing for their residents?
Australian city workers’ average commute has blown out to 66 minutes a day. How does yours compare?
The average weekly commuting time in Australia has increased considerably since 2002, and this can have negative impacts on job satisfaction and productivity, RMIT experts say.
Toxic cocktail of booze, drugs key cause for medical care at festivals
Four in five Australian music festival attendees that seek medical help are consuming an average of 15 standard drinks when using drugs, finds a new report.
How to stop 20m tons of construction industry waste going to landfill each year
The Australian construction industry has grown significantly in the past two decades leading to a substantial increase in waste produced by construction and demolition.
Meet the grandmother who uses Pokémon Go to reconnect with her city
Mundane trips to the market or shops became Pokémon Go adventures in which she would reinvent the routes to capture more Pokémon.
Industry and education combine to create next gen of UX talent
User experience design skills are in demand and RMIT is leading the way in teaching them with industry partners like Adobe.
Meet Claire Boulange: Expert in urban analytics for healthy cities
Can video games like SimCity help smart city design? Dr Claire Boulange explains how planning can be playful to build healthy liveable cities for all.
AI to manage road infrastructure via Google Street View
Geospatial scientists have developed a new program to keep track of street sign locations by tapping into Google Street View images.
Congratulations to Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
Outstanding contributors from the RMIT community have been recognised with an Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
What’s your favourite animal? Researchers want to know
As part of efforts to bring back nature into our cities, researchers are asking people across the globe about their favourite animals to determine which creature is ahead of the pack.
Bees can link symbols to numbers: study
We’ve learned bees can understand zero and do basic maths, and now a new study shows their tiny insect brains may be capable of connecting symbols to numbers.
Marion's ceiling shines again
The revitalisation of Melbourne’s Capitol has provided an opportunity to revisit the feminist history of architect Marion Mahony Griffin and her contribution to the iconic building.
Public housing program risks reducing homes for vulnerable groups: report
A new report evaluating the Victorian Government’s program to redevelop inner suburban public housing estates says the plan may reduce the amount of homes available for vulnerable households.
Walk, listen and discover RMIT’s Indigenous history
An interactive app and audio-walk is revealing RMIT’s hidden history, inviting listeners to reimagine the City campus through Indigenous stories of land, river and sky.
Willum Warrain Gathering Place: Connecting Country, culture and community
A new RMIT project celebrates the powerful story of an Indigenous gathering place and how it connects cultures, communities and Country.
New course to address domestic and family violence
RMIT has launched a new dual-focus qualification for community service workers who deal with domestic and family violence, amid growing demand from the sector.
Meet Mittul Vahanvati: Expert in housing and community resilience
The homes we live in, and the homes we’re building, are not what we need in a changing climate. Dr Mittul Vahanvati explains what this means and what we need to change to support climate resilience in Australia.
Landmark liveability research wins at national planning awards
Pioneering RMIT research that delivered the first true measurement of liveability in Australia’s capital cities has been recognised with a top planning award.
RMITin3: Designing a new creative career
In the latest RMITin3, ACMI Chief Experience Officer Sebastian Chan talks about the changing face of design and the emerging skillsets needed to meet workplace demands.
Seven ways climate change affects key Federal Election issues
Climate action is rated as a top priority among voters in the lead up to this year’s Federal Election. How does it affect other key campaign issues?
Building urban climate resilience in the Solomon Islands
The informal settlements of Honiara are home to almost half the city’s population. The complex challenges of these vulnerable urban communities call for tailored, multi-faceted solutions.
Sniffer dogs increase trauma and risks of overdose
New research has found that deploying drug detection dogs at music festivals and public places encourages users to adapt their drug consumption, often with harmful consequences.
Image sharing platform a critical new tool for planned burns
New cloud-based image platform FireLens will help fire agencies improve information sharing during planned burning and fire suppression events.
Want to get people walking? Make train stations about more than transport
Train station precincts with more shops and apartment blocks are key to getting residents walking, a new report has found, with stations in Melbourne’s north and south-east ripe for redevelopment.
New report shines a light on UN’s peacekeeping in South Sudan
A new report investigating the United Nations peacekeeping operations in South Sudan sheds light on the success and impact the mission has had on the political and security situation in the region.
Support services vital during forced mental health treatment
An evaluation of advocacy services provided to patients receiving mental health treatment against their will has found independent support is vital to their wellbeing.
Your Fulbright mission: stop nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands
The stakes could not be higher, but this academic wouldn’t have it any other way.
Residents left with the bill for flammable cladding crisis
Simon Lockrey, senior lecturer in industrial design, breaks down Victoria’s combustible cladding crisis, what it means for homeowners and what it will take to fix.
Ex-prisoners are more likely to become homeless but the reverse isn’t true
On the night the 2016 census was taken, more than 116,000 Australians were homeless. This was a 30% increase from the decade before.
Hon Dr Craig Emerson announced as Director of RMIT’s Australian APEC Study Centre
RMIT University has today announced the appointment of the Hon Dr Craig Emerson to Director of the Australian APEC Study Centre (AASC).
An ‘Airbnb’ for energy could help homes share spare power
Could the future of energy lie in the sharing economy? Research shows energy sharing platforms may be key to supporting our transition to new tech and cleaner power, while delivering for consumers.
The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity
Today, thousands of Australian students will join children from over 82 countries who are walking out of school to protest climate change inaction.
A sustainable future is in our hands
From climate science to agricultural upcycling, and food packaging to urban farming, meet four researchers from around the world working towards a sustainable future.
Meet the women helping plan the cities of tomorrow
As Melbourne grows, we need to better plan how we build healthy, equitable and liveable cities. Here four RMIT researchers talk about how their work is helping deliver better cities.
Nearly half of tenants exit social housing early for the wrong reasons
A new RMIT report reveals that 43% of social housing tenancies end within 18 months, with indigenous, formerly homeless and young tenants at the greatest risk of losing their accommodation early.
Latest subject rankings released by QS
RMIT University was among the top Australian performers in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject released today.
Wearable tech lends an ear to lonely elderly
New technology that tracks conversation and can be worn as a brooch is set to improve quality of life for elderly Australians at risk of loneliness.
Study reveals economic and health benefits of denser suburbs
Denser and more walkable suburban developments keep chronic diseases at bay and deliver lifetime economic and health gains of $4,500 for every resident, new research shows.
How could degrowth tackle environmental issues and social inequities?
Successful economies are characterised by growth, so how can “degrowth” in our cities and housing possibly be good for us? Urban academic Anitra Nelson explains.
Six ways to keep Melbourne moving at 8 million
More people living in Melbourne means more trips across our transport network. RMIT experts share their views on how to plan for this pressure and keep our city moving.
Bees have brains for basic maths: study
Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.
Drunk history: Bottle shops, urban life and public order
From colonial times to our suburban spread, the humble bottle shop has been surprisingly central in urban attempts to create order and contain violence - but it’s a complicated history.
Inactive Aussie kids en route to becoming a backseat generation
Australian kids are at risk of becoming a backseat generation with more than a third of primary schoolchildren not walking or riding to school despite living nearby, new research shows.
Four in ten think women lie about being victims of sexual assault
Four in ten Australians (42%) think sexual assault accusations are a way of getting back at men, according to the fourth National Community Attitudes Survey (NCAS) on violence against women.
Brisbane’s public transport access worst in the country: report
A new report measuring Brisbane’s liveability progress has found its residents have the worst access to public transport in Australia.
Urban greening installation improves wellbeing
A new installation featuring native plants and a wildlife soundscape is on display at RMIT, exploring the relationship between urban greening and wellbeing.
History blooms with commemorative artwork
A wreath of wearable enamel brooches is on display at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance in a creative tribute to the stories of the first world war.
A winning design
RMIT student Kelly Liang has designed furniture retailer Relaxhouse’s new multipurpose warehouse
RMIT student artwork brings State Library Victoria facade to life
Textile Design student Caro Pattle has transformed the Library’s entrance as part of the RMIT University and State Library joint initiative.
How liveable is Melbourne really? New report settles the score
A new report measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity.
Report: affordability driving Australia’s digital divide
A new report from RMIT University and Telstra shows Australians are spending more time online than ever before, with affordability the biggest barrier for those being left behind.
Museums of the future: three industry insights
The 50th birthday of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is a perfect time to discuss how museums are adapting to the challenges of new technology.
Inspiring the next generation of Indigenous poets
Gomeroi poet, life writer and essayist Alison Whittaker visits RMIT to help the next generation of Indigenous poets.
Seven myths about homelessness busted
As experts and policymakers gather for Homelessness Week, we take a closer look at common myths and misconceptions about some of our most vulnerable citizens.
New Future Fellows boost RMIT research
New ARC Future Fellowships awarded to RMIT researchers will support landmark projects on foetal brain development, improving human rights and cutting-edge photonics.
How design and technology is transforming healthcare: Insights from global experts
Experts across the health ecosystem have shared their insights on the way healthcare is being impacted in a digitally connected world at a recent RMIT health innovation symposium in Europe.
Sydney liveability scorecard reveals urban wins and fails
A new report measuring Sydney’s liveability progress finds the city is struggling to meet its public transport targets, but other Australian capitals should aim to replicate its ambitious policies.
The trophy-winning trophy
The Larry Perkins Trophy, developed through an RMIT / Australian Grand Prix partnership, has picked up an international design award.
New study probes links between apartment design and mental health
Researchers are investigating how to improve apartment design policy to enhance the mental health of residents.
RMIT alumni receive Queen’s Birthday honours
The Queen's Birthday honours list has recognised RMIT alumni and staff for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their community.
Making architecture more inclusive
Next generation of architects and designers taught the importance of Indigenous inclusion by prominent researcher.
Honeybees zero in on nothing
Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing.
Professional Communication Graduates Shortlisted at Cannes
Four RMIT graduates have had their final year project shortlisted in a prestigious global student competition.
Dry zones and other temperance hangovers
Anti-alcohol measures like dry zones are not just a part of history: their legacy continues to feed into our approach to urban planning today.
Melbourne tree data visualisation grows overseas
When Greg More undertook a data visualisation of Melbourne's 70,000 trees he never thought the project would take him to London's iconic Victoria and Albert museum.
New plant app a force of nature at international internet awards
A new virtual greening app, based on research from RMIT and the University of Melbourne, has won both the People’s Voice and the Judge's Webby Award – the "internet’s highest honour".
Melbourne needs second metro, experts warn
Urban researchers are calling for a second Melbourne Metro Rail, warning the current project won’t meet the expected capacity demand unless the city plans for more rail line infrastructure.
RMIT researchers to drive transformations in food, energy and health
RMIT University is part of three major new Cooperative Research Centres, that are investing more than $420 million to tackle the critical challenges of food waste, future fuels and digital health.
Design veteran set to lead landscape architecture at RMIT
Associate Professor Katrina Simon has been announced as RMIT’s new Associate Dean of Landscape Architecture, in the School of Architecture and Urban Design.
Capturing the essence of Queen Vic Market
The smell of fish, the gleam of fresh vegetables, the chill outside the sheds… research shows the heart and soul of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market is not in its bricks and mortar.
New NanoZymes use light to kill bacteria
Researchers from RMIT University have developed a new artificial enzyme that uses light to kill bacteria.
Australian architecture and RMIT expertise on world stage
The world’s greatest celebration of architecture, the 2018 Architecture Biennale, has opened in Venice with strong representation from RMIT staff, students and alumni.
RMIT designers, engineers use virtual reality to reinvent the wheel
RMIT staff and students have developed the inaugural V8 Supercars Melbourne 400 trophy in honour of racing great, Larry Perkins.
Mental Health Tribunal failing to protect rights: study
The body charged with protecting the rights of mentally ill Victorians is failing to properly and consistently apply the law, research has found.
RMIT alumni excel as Quill Awards finalists
RMIT University’s alumni have been acknowledged for Excellence in Victorian Journalism with 11 nominations in this year’s Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards.
Explore RMIT design at Melbourne Design Week
As Design Partner to the NGV, RMIT is proud to present and support a range of industry-focused events - including talks, exhibitions and tours - at Melbourne Design Week.
A premier partnership: Essendon Football Club and RMIT
Two iconic Melbourne institutions have joined forces, creating a new frontier in cross-industry collaboration.
Digital artwork captures community life
An interactive sculpture is connecting residents with the rhythms of community life and creating a vibrant cultural centre in a developing suburb in Melbourne’s south-east.
Design evolution: building a radically new kind of hearing aid
Developing the world’s first modular hearing aid took 130 prototypes but for the researcher behind the revolutionary design, each miniscule change was critical.
RMIT launches new School of Design
New and emerging fields of design - including virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, user experience and design for social innovation - will be in focus at RMIT’s new School of Design.
Innovative 3D printed installation brings the Antarctic to Melbourne
A collaboration between two RMIT researchers, the unique cross-disciplinary installation is on display as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s free Triennial EXTRA program.
Students at the centre of award-winning course designs
Two Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning will be awarded to three RMIT teachers as part of the annual Australian Teaching Awards for University Teaching on 12 October.
RMIT alumni in MIFF’s starring roles
Behind the scenes of the 56th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) are three women who started out at RMIT.