Ralph Horne is the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, supporting research performance and providing strategic leadership. He is also Director of the Cities Programme, the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact, and supervises and conducts research projects in urban and social change.
Ralph Horne has research expertise in urban social and policy change for sustainable design and development. He has extensive experience in environmental techniques and sustainability appraisal and has a specific research interest in low carbon urban transitions. He combines research leadership and participation in projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.
A selection of recent Category 1 grants includes:
2014–2018 Project HOME – Housing Outcomes Metrics and Evaluation. ARC LP150100089 with partners State Government; City of Melbourne, MIRVAC, SJB Urban. With Dr A. Martel, Professor G. London, Professor M. Carmona and Professor C. Fudge.
2013–2016 Decision-making for lifetime affordable and tenable city housing. ARC LP130100008 with partners; SJB Urban, VicUrban. With Professor L. Padgham and PIs P. Byrne and S. McPherson.
2013–2014 Living Change: Adaptive housing responses to climate change in the town camps of Alice Springs, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Fund.
2010–2013 Understanding the patterns, characteristics and trends in the housing sector labour force in Australia. Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute Project 30634. With Professor T. Dalton and Professor P. Chettri.
2010–2013 Current labour processes and management of subcontractors: impacts on productivity in the housing construction industry. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Project 30643. With Professor T. Dalton and Professor R. Wakefield.
2009–2012 More than a Roof Overhead: Meeting the Need for a Sustainable Housing System in Remote Indigenous Communities. ARC Linkage, LP0883615 with partners; Department of Housing and Works WA, Indigenous Business Australia, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Territory of Australia, Centre for Appropriate Technology. With Professors R. Wakefield, J. Fien, M. Christie, J. Altman and Dr E. Charlesworth.
2007–2011 Lifetime Affordable Housing in Australia: Integrating environmental performance and affordability. ARC LP0776834 with partners; Land Management Corporation (SA), VicUrban (VIC), Building Commission (VIC). With Professors M. Berry, S. Hamnett and Associate Professor J. Kellett.
2007–2010 Carbon neutral communities: making the transition. ARC LP0775120 with partners; State of Victoria – Department of Justice, Moreland Energy Foundation, Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, Manningham City Council, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, City of Darebin, City of Playford (SA). With Professors J. Fien, S. Hamnett and Associate Professor J. Kellett.
Ralph is a registered research supervisor in the following areas:
- Low carbon urban transitions, retrofitting and compact cities.
- Housing and households, zero emission affordable and quality housing design and production, and the lived experience of households, including in indigenous Australia and Latin America.
- Resilient urban futures, including socio-technical change, climate action planning and sustainability appraisal, in Australia, UK and South East Asian contexts.
- BSc (Hons), MSc Salford (UK), PhD SHU (UK)
Ralph enjoys a wide network of industry partnerships. He has acted as Chief Investigator in over 100 industry-linked research projects across the built environment, urban sustainability and social change since 2005. He has also held the following current and recent relevant non-academic roles:
2014–present: Incoming Director, Cities Programme, the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact.
2010–2013: Director, Green Building Council of Australia.
2008–2012: Council member, Built Environment Industry Innovation Council, Commonwealth Government, Australia.
2005–2012: Director, Centre for Design, RMIT University, Australia.
- Horne, R.,Moloney, S. (2019). Urban low carbon transitions: institution-building and prospects for interventions in social practice In: European Planning Studies, 27, 336 - 354
- Mori Junior, R.,Fien, J.,Horne, R. (2019). Implementing the UN SDGs in Universities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned In: Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 12, 129 - 133
- Hossain, A.,Fien, J.,Horne, R. (2018). Megacity Dhaka: 'Water security syndrome' and implications for the scholarship of sustainability In: Sustainable Water Resources Management, 4, 63 - 78
- Moloney, S.,Horne, R. (2018). Reconfiguring spatial boundaries and institutional practices: Mobilizing and sustaining urban low carbon transitions in Victoria, Australia' In: Rethinking Urban Transitions: Politics in the Low Carbon City, 1st Edition, Taylor & Francis, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Willand, N.,Horne, R. (2018). "They are grinding us into the ground"-The lived experience of (in) energy justice amongst low-income older households In: Applied Energy, 226, 61 - 70
- Barrett, B.,Horne, R. (2017). Local energy plans for transitions to a low carbon future In: Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil, Routledge, New York, United States
- Moore, T.,Nicholls, L.,Strengers, Y.,Maller, C.,Horne, R. (2017). Benefits and challenges of energy efficient social housing In: Energy Procedia, 121, 300 - 307
- Nguyen, C.,Horne, R.,Fien, J.,Cheong, F. (2017). Assessment of social vulnerability to climate change at the local scale: development and application of a Social Vulnerability Index In: Climatic Change, 143, 355 - 370
- Horne, R. (2017). Urban Low Carbon Transitions: Housing And Urban Change In: Urban Sustainability Transitions : Australian Cases- International Perspectives, Springer Nature, Singapore
- Horne, R.,Fien, J.,Beza, B.,Nelson, A. (2016). Sustainability Citizenship in Cities In: Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing solutions for low-income renters: An Investigative Panel (Administered by by University of Adelaide). Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2020)
- Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods (Administered by UNSW). Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2020)
- AHURI Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up - Hector Padilla. Funded by: AHURI Scholarships (CAT 3) from (2019 to 2021)
- Climate and cultural based design and market valuable technology solutions for Plus Energy Houses (Cultural-E) (Administered by European Academy of Bozen, (EURAC Research),� Italy. Funded by: Horizon 2020 Innovation actions from (2019 to 2024)
- Household energy efficiency transitions (HEET). Funded by: 011-ARC Linkage Grant 2017 from (2018 to 2021)
15 PhD Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions