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Sustainable Cities

The sustainability challenge of the 21st century will be won or lost in the cities. They are a nation's key economic engines, demographic absorbers and resource consumers as well as a major locus for social opportunities and threats. How we plan and manage cities thus becomes one of the major challenges for the future.

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research's Sustainable Cities multidisciplinary research and teaching program is designed to provide policy makers, industry and the community with the knowledge and skills in social innovation to meet this challenge.

Key Issues

  • Social complexity and social inclusion: immigration, cultural and linguistic differences, accessing affordable housing, counting and countering homelessness, social segregation in cities and locational disadvantage, enhancing social inclusion in multi-cultural cities.
  • Environmental sustainability: eco-city transition, regenerating suburbia, hybrid buildings, sustainable consumption and production
  • Competitiveness: housing affordability and housing market performance, urban transport, green economy, integrating housing and labour markets, optimising service delivery.
  • Liveability: mental illness and the community, understanding household consumption, experiences of housing and place, connections between housing and transport and other aspects of urban life, creating safe and secure communities.