Research that informs how cities can be more equitable, sustainable and accountable by providing integrated planning and design solutions for rapid population growth and urbanisation.
Given rapid urbanisation and population growth, we will assist the public and private sectors to transform how cities are planned, built, and governed to achieve healthy sustainable urban development.
We will focus on understanding the policy world we are trying to influence, through co-designing research with policy-makers and practitioners, and disseminating our findings through public, private and non-government partners.
Working with external stakeholders is key to creating impact in this area. We believe that working with outside partners will build in relevance, whether working on research with local governments or with international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation.
The research skills and competencies within this ECP can be applied to any sector or organisation, regardless of size or stage of development. The primary areas where our expertise will be directed are indicated below.
Research and innovation priorities
Investigating how we achieve urban transformation that creates liveable and sustainable future cities, in response to rapid population growth and urbanisation.
We will examine how to transform the way metropolitan and regional cities are planned, designed, built, governed, financed, experienced and valued, to achieve better social, economic, environmental, health and wellbeing outcomes.
Understanding and engaging communities
Examining how communities, business and industry can be engaged to shape the transformations needed to ensure our future cities are healthy, liveable, sustainable, inclusive and equitable.
Anticipating and shaping infrastructure requirements
Determining how we can anticipate, shape, finance and ensure timely delivery of the social, digital, green and physical infrastructure required for rapidly changing new and established communities.
Harnessing big data and technology
We will explore how big data and technology can be used to support urban decision-making and governance.
For example, using big data, sensors, technology and citizen science to benchmark, monitor, simulate, visualise and evaluate cities.
Rethinking urban economics
Looking at how to measure and value the intangibles of good city planning.
What new economic methods could be developed that value the costs, benefits and externalities of building sustainable liveable cities that foster health and wellbeing?
Key application areas
- Urban planning and design
- Economic development and employment
- Resources (water and energy)
- Urban greening
- Infrastructure (social, digital, water and physical)
- Urban governance
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Priority Industry Sectors
- Local, State and Federal Government
- Non-Government Organisations
- Urban and transport design
- Water authorities
- Housing and property development
- Urban economics
Policy@RMIT (P@R) aims to understand and enable researchers and policy practitioners to work collectively to support evidence-informed decision-making relating to major policy and societal issues. It provides an opportunity for policy practitioners and researchers to step out the busyness of their day-to-day work to examine such issues, and identify shared interests and ways of working in partnership to help address them.
In collaboratively exploring and understanding how best to support evidence-informed decision-making in public policy, P@R will actively seek to engage with diverse knowledge systems through mutually respectful relationships. This engagement will seek to co-identify and co-define research ‘problems’, and then co-identify subsequent research questions, approaches, and outputs that stem from a shared and/or pluralistic view of a problem, place, and land.
Spatial Capability Cluster @ RMIT
RMIT’s unique and world-leading expertise in spatial science, analysis, computing and visualisation is being harnessed to establish a ‘Spatial Capability Cluster @ RMIT’. This new interdisciplinary community of practice creates a one-stop-shop of capabilities and networks for connecting spatial expertise at all levels and disciplines within the University. Our comprehensive spatial research capability ranges across science to social science, architecture to business, and the environment to artificial intelligence. This opens up a rich area of cross-disciplinary expertise within the University to benefit our external research partnerships.