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Future Cities

The Future Cities Research Cluster within the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute is a whole-of-university research group seeking to investigate and generate best-practice, policy-relevant evidence to understand and effectively respond to the challenges facing urban environments. To do this, cross-faculty research teams work closely with decision-makers to identify and seek solutions to the wide range of complex problems facing cities. 


Image credit: Anton Malishev, City of Melbourne

 

 

The Future Cities Research Cluster has a particular focus on:

  • Theoretical, conceptual and policy debates about urban futures, especially at the metropolitan scale
  • Urban sustainability, resilience and connectedness 
  • Planning, design and governance for sustainability, equity, and community wellbeing

 

The research generated within the Future Cities Research Cluster is cross-cutting, innovative, and relevant.

Substantial research programs connected to the Future Cities Research Cluster include:

•        Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL)

•        Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)

•        Transport, Health and Urban Design Hub

•        Getting to Yes: Overcoming barriers to affordable family friendly housing in the central city

•        Research Unit in Public Cultures

•        Thrive Research Hub

•        Urban Environments Research Network

 

Throughout the year the Future Cities Research Cluster hosts and supports a range of activities, including public lectures and lunchtime seminars, collaborative workshops and Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) Forum and mentoring opportunities.

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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CITIES INQUIRY

MSSI, in partnership with Chancellery, has led a submission to the Federal Parliamentary inquiry into the Australian Government’s Role in the Development of Cities.

CITIES OF THE FUTURE: WHAT SHOULD BE THEIR FORM?

Solutions for achieving outcomes that meet environmental, social and economic imperatives, with a particular reference to transport.

NEW URBAN LEVERS TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS

What new urban levers can the Victorian state rapidly deploy to address Melbourne's homelessness crisis?

MELBOURNE: WHAT NEXT?

An e-book, featuring peer-reviewed chapters written by leading academics.