Urban Futures Symposium

The theme for the inaugural Urban Futures Symposium is Regenerative Futures. Beyond being merely sustainable or resilient, regenerative futures replenish, restore and rebuild us and the natural and social systems we are part of. But how can we create them?

In the Urban Futures Symposium, HDR candidates from across humanities and social sciences study streams will present research that informs how cities can be more equitable and accountable to achieve healthy, sustainable urban development.

The Symposium will also include a series of lunchtime workshops and an evening keynote presentation from Prof. Ioan Fazey, expert in transformative change from York University in the UK. 

HDR milestone presentations will be hosted online, with links to the sessions available via the program below. Please note that information for milestone presenters, chairs and referees is available through the RMIT SharePoint site for HDR Milestone Presentations (RMIT Staff login required).

Program and Registration

Tuesday 16 August

HDR Milestone Presentations

  • 10:30AM – 12:00PM 
    Wynston Lee  (CoC)
    Categorising People, Re-organising Society: Accumulating and Governing through Data in China
    Presentation link
  • 4PM – 5:30PM
    Arsisto Ambyo (3MR)
    Turning Points of a Still World: Haunting, Doubt and Verisimilitude in Indonesian Horror YouTube
    Presentation link

 

Evening Event

  • Regenerative futures: Public Panel

Hybrid event | 5.00PM - 6.30PM  

Come along to this hybrid public panel to hear from some leading thinkers on cultivating more regenerative futures for ourselves, our communities and our planet. The session will include a provocative presentation from Ioan Fazey, Professor of Social Dimensions of Environment and Change at York University in the UK, followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Ingrid Burkett, social innovation expert and co-Director of the Yunus Centre at Griffith University.

This is a hybrid event being held in the Design Hub, Building 100, Level 10, Pavilion 4 and online.   

Registration:

Attend on campus

Online event

 

Wednesday 17 August

HDR Milestone Presentation

  • 9:30AM – 11AM 
    Paul White (3MR)
    Photoshop for text: Theory and methods for using generative text systems and real world data to produce works of creative nonfiction 
    Presentation link
 

Lunchtime Workshop

  • Workshop: Becoming a regenerative researcher

Online event | 11AM – 12.30PM 

If our research and wider work is to contribute to more regenerative collective futures, we need to nurture our own capacity and direction. This workshop explores how we can use the Japanese idea of ikigai – an inner motivating force that gives a sense of purpose – to help us cultivate research and career pathways that are internally as well as externally regenerative.

Presented by Prof Ingrid Burkett, social innovation expert from the Yunus Centre, this interactive workshop provides an opportunity for DSC’s HDR and ECRs to pause, reflect on their direction and strengths, and identify how to become more regenerative.

Registration:

Online event

 

HDR Milestone Presentations

  • 1PM – 2:30PM 
    Jiawei Cao (CoC)
    The impact of investor sentiment on the REITs market: An empirical study on the Australian REITs market
    Presentation link
  • 3PM – 4:30PM
    Ashleigh Stokes (2MR)
    Levers of Transformation: A Conjunctural Analysis of Australian Climate Change Adaptation Policy

    Presentation link
  • 3:30PM – 5:00PM
    Fiona Westbrook (3MR)
    Educators’ Political Dialogues: A Dialogic Analysis Of ECEC Practitioners In Facebook Groups During The Pandemic
    Presentation link

Thursday 18 August

HDR Milestone Presentations

  •  9AM – 10:30AM
    Xiaofei Yang (3MR)
    Women's engagement with Gay Male Discourse in Chinese New Media 
    Presentation link
  • 9:30AM – 11AM 
    Holly Charles Ireland (2MR)
    The Racial Logics of Molwa Law: Yorta Yorta v The State of Victoria
     Presentation link
  • 10:00AM – 11:30AM
    Saskia Penn

    Negligence of the Highest Order: The cycle of corruption and inquiry in Australian policing
    Presentation link
  • 11AM – 12:30PM
    Pekeri Ruska (2MR)
    Weapons of Warriors: Strategies of resistance in exercising Quandamoooka Sovereignty 
    Presentation link
  • 11:30AM – 1PM
    Ruth Fogarty (2MR)
    Anatomy of a Genre: dissecting women's impact on the true crime genre through literary nonfiction and the digital realm 
    On campus presentation: B009-04-032
 

Lunchtime Workshop

  • Workshop: Becoming a research writer

Online event | 12.30PM – 1.30PM 

Writing for research is an exciting prospect for many PhD candidates. Hosted by RMIT Library, this session will help you develop the skills needed to disseminate your research amongst your peers in your research community and more broadly. We will discuss how important it is to find a place in your research community, how to go about building and maintaining an online research profile and how researchers develop an ‘authorial voice’ through the practice of writing for publication.  Read more.

Registration: 
Online event

 

HDR Milestone Presentation

  • 3PM – 4:30PM 
    Alston Furtado (CoC)
    Developing and implementing business models for circular economy in Australia 
    Presentation link

Friday 19 August

Lunchtime Workshop

  • CANCELLED - Workshop: Mapping stakeholders and research impact

Online event | 12.30PM - 1.30PM 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this workshop has now been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.