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.
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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:
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.
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.
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