In Australia and around the world most of us live in urban areas; by 2050 70% of the world’s population is predicted to live in cities and townships. More than ever we need to plan and manage green cities that foster our health and wellbeing and contribute to social, cultural and environmental resilience.

UrbanGreening@RMIT is a cross-school, cross-disciplinary network of more than 80 academic staff across 20 disciplines in 15 schools, committed to tackling these challenges. We bring powerful research capabilities to address issues such as urban development, environmental sustainability, community inclusion, and climate change for urban areas. 

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We foster collaboration and holistic approaches with partners from community, industry and government. We believe practical and innovative solutions come from combining skills and expertise across a range of disciplines, such as art, architecture, design, ecology, education, engineering, community engagement, health, spatial analytics, and sustainable planning, policy and governance - to name just a few.

Research capabilities

Our research capabilities are aligned with national and international urban greening priorities and reflect the combined strength of our multi-disciplinary research specialities. 

  • Arts and humanities responses to environmental issues
  • Analysis and modelling of urban ecological and social processes
  • Biodiversity sensitive urban design
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience 
  • Critical discourses in urban greening
  • Green infrastructure development, from green walls to habitat gardens
  • Inclusive governance processes that protect and enhance biodiverse urban greenery
  • Integration of strategy, policy, technology and governance to support urban greening 
  • Landscape architecture for biodiverse urban landscapes
  • Mapping and spatial analysis of urban green spaces
  • Monitoring, measurement and assessment of urban microclimates
  • Nature stewardship and community capacity building in urban greening
  • Planning, policy and development strategies to foster urban greening
  • Re-naturing of cities
  • Smart cities: energy, transport and infrastructure
  • Social and ecological impacts of urban greening interventions
  • Urban biodiversity conservation
  • Urban forestry planning and governance
  • Urban heat mitigation
  • Urban liveability and sustainability
  • Wellbeing benefits of urban greening

Our partners

We work with a diverse range of national and international partners, including:

  • Non-government organisations
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Philanthropic organisations
  • Health and primary care providers
  • Corporate entities
  • Research/educational institutions
  • Municipal, state and federal governments
  • Governmental agencies
  • Statutory authorities
  • Community groups and organisations

Connect with RMIT Research

If you're not sure how you can best work with us, our team can explain what's possible and put you in touch with the right person. 

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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. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer