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11th Annual ANSHM Conference - 2-3 December 2019

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Issue 1, March 2019

Issue 2, August 2019


This report, An Examination of Building Defects in Residential Multi-owned Properties, investigates the severity and extent of building defects in new residential multi-owned properties in Australia. CRI's Associate Professor Sacha Reid co-authored the report with Deakin University's Dr Nicole Johnston. The report has been referred to in the ABC Four Corners story "Cracking Up" which aired on 19 August 2019.

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Associate Professor Cara Beal has published findings from the Remote and Isolated Communities Essential Services Project (RICES). RICES is the first of it's kind in Australia with the project combining smart metering energy and water technology with community-based efficiency strategies to achieve reductions in the water and energy use in remote and isolated communities. More information on the research and final report can be found here. November 2019

'2040' Film - Professor Paul Burton was invited as a panel member to discuss the latest film, 2040, created by award-winning Director Damon Gameau. The film features Damon as he embarks on a journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. View panel discussion here. Damon Gameau interview November 2019
No congestion-busting benefit from Brisbane's $10 billion toll roads - Associate Professor Matt Burke explains in this Brisbane Times article. 14 October 2019
'Climigration': when communities must move because of climate change - Dr Tony Matthews discusses what happens when communities have to move due to extreme climate events. Read the full article in The Conversation 16 September 2019
Dr Johanna Nalau talks to 2SER about the possibility of having to relocate homes due to climate change and rising seas. August 2019 Listen here
Associate Professor Sacha Reid has co-authored with Dr Nicole Johnston (Deakin University) the report 'An Examination of Building Defects in Residential Multi-owned Properties' which was referred to in the ABC four Corners story 'Cracking Up" which aired on 19 August. Read here.
Dr Tony Matthews talks on Ockhams' Razor, ABC Radio National, as part of the World Science Festival Brisbane 2019. Have a listen to 'Why aren't we living in sustainable cities?'
Dr Johanna Nalau and Maggie Muurmans were recently recognised during the 2019 International Womens Day celebrations for their remarkable work in climate change and nature conservation. Read We are Gold Coast article March 2019


Natural Connectors: Biophilic design takes room - Cheryl Desha et al discuss the importance of biophilic design in all aspects of our lives. Read the article in Modern Green Homes Sanctuary issue. - December 2018
Turning food waste into garden treasure - Update on the food into waste project Associate Professor Cheryl Desha along with lead researcher Savindi Caldera commenced with Rocky Point. - December 2018
Professor Paul Burton discusses the effects of a growing population and the need for expansion of public transport on the Gold Coast. Read ABC article here - November 2018
It's Official: Noise pollution is bad for our health - Emeritus Professor Lex Brown discussed the issue on ABC radio - October 2018
National Recognition for Griffith and CRI Researchers - The Australian newspaper's Research Supplement has recognised a number of Griffith University researchers including CRI's Zhonghua Gou and Amir Etemad Shahidi as leading experts in their fields. - 27 September 2018
Engineers Australia has picked up lead researcher and CRI PhD candidate, Emad Kavehei's research titled 'Is life cycle assessment sufficient to investigate the carbon footprint of vegetated stormwater infrastructure?' Read more - 5 September 2018
Spills and city deals: what Turnbull's urban policy has achieved, and where to from here - Professor Paul Burton comments on City Deals, how the concept worked and where is it heading. Read The Conversation article here - 27  August 2018

DFAT funding success - Dr Cara Beal, a CRI Senior Research Fellow, is the Principal Investigator of a $1.2M collaborative project awarded by DFAT through the Water for Women Fund.

Dr Beal explained "The Water for Women Fund is an initiative of the Australian Govt through DFAT and aims to improve the health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs. - August 2018
Vale Patrick Troy AO - Professor Paul Burton pays tribute to Patrick Troy. Read here - July 2018

PIA National Award winners - Dr Tony Matthews, with Professor Jason Byrne, took out the coveted Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award at the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) National Awards for Planning Excellence on May 9. The award is the second for the urban Squeeze podcast series.

Loneliness in cities - Dr Tony Matthews and Cities PhD student, Joanne Dolley, write about 'third places', what they are  and how they may be able to help overcome the rising problem of loneliness in the city, something that is commonplace worldwide. See what they have to say in their article in The Conversation -  March 2018


Planning experts take home major award - Dr Tony Matthews and Prof Jason Byrne (UTAS) have taken out two awards at the Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Awards - Queensland.

The pair’s ABC program, The Urban Squeeze, was named overall winner for Planning Excellence at the PIA awards evening while also claiming the ‘Cutting Edge Excellence – Research and Teaching’ category.

Property values spike around Gold Coast Light Rail - Cities Research Institute's Associate Professor Matthew Burke led a team of researchers including Cities member Dr Barbara Yen for a 'Funding on the Line’ Australian Research Council – Linkage Project. Read the team's findings in The Conversation. - 30 May 2017

Murals help revive a declining Irish city - Dr Tony Matthews research looks at the effects of how painting outdoor murals reversed decades of stagnation for inner-city Shandon, Ireland. Read here on The Conversation - 13 April 2017


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