Catch up on our latest news and key events

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This seminar was presented by Dr Lisa Stafford, ARC Decra Fellow, on 7 September 2020, looking at how well do we really consider human diversity in planning cities and regions? As planners we speak about making just places, yet exclusion persists. This seminar will draw on Lisa’s research and lived, practice-based experiences to illustrate essential ways to disrupt ableism and help create sustainable inclusive communities for all.

The seminar sought to open conversation and ideas exchange, as now more than ever is a critical opportunity for planners to come together to address and advocate for sustainable inclusive communities for all. But first we need to ask the question: How well do we really consider human diversity in planning cities, towns, and regions? As planners we speak of values and principles about making communities just through addressing social spatial inequalities. Yet in relation to people with disabilities, what does justice look like in policy and day to day practice - as exclusion persists.

Watch the seminar here


The COVID-19 health and economic crises affect us not only as individuals but also in terms of the places where we live and work and for most of us, those places are cities.  The cities where we live, work, shop, study and socialise are likely to be very different as we emerge from COVID lockdowns.  How will our cities be different and how will urban life change in the near future?  Will we spend more time working from home; will we expect our homes to be designed differently; will we travel around our cities differently?  What will happen to the empty spaces that no longer house businesses?

Understanding these challenges but also imagining the new opportunities presented is essential if we are to plan for a prosperous and sustainable future.

Watch the presentation here


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Coast Ed Holiday Programs

The Coastal and Marine Research Centre offers an education program CoastEd, which includes a range of hands-on school holiday programs designed to inform and inspire. Run by experts and in conjunction with the City of Gold Coast, the interactive programs are a great way to discover what it’s like to be a marine biologist and help protect the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches. Find out more information on CoastEd and book here.

News Highlights

Associate Professor Matthew Burke discusses the need for a  light rail system on the Sunshine Coast, while the locals have differing views. Read The ABC News article here. Feb  2021

"Is it time to go regional?" Dr Tony Matthews speaks about the post covid world with Phil Tarrant  of Smart Property Investment. Listen here. February 2021

"Why e-bikes can succeed where earlier bike schemes failed" CRI HDR student Madison Bland explains in this Conversation article with fellow student Ben  Kaufman and Dr Abraham Leung. Read The Conversation article here. February 2021

Professor Scott Baum writes about 'The gig economy – a shameful failure of the neoliberal project' on Bill Mitchell's Modern Monetary Theory blog. Read here December 2020

Beware new home buyers! Dr Tony Matthews explains how the portrayal of glamourous new housing estates is not all it's cracked up to be. Read more December 2020

Dr Tony Matthews recorded a feature on cities after Covid with ABC RN. It will be broadcast in late-Oct/early-Nov on 'Future Tense'. Listen here November 2020

Dr Johanna Nalau spoke to Canada's Vin Nelson on Multi-hazards: - The State of Adaptation Science in Australia and Beyond. Listen here October 2020

Professor Scott Baum has been busy in the media:

What the QLD Treasurer doesn't want to tell you on the jobless figures

One size fits all promises won't save electorates

Prosperity and Distress: The Socio-Economic Vitality of Queensland Electorates

Hi-vis haute couture impossible to miss, but not always the ideal fit 

Queensland votes: week 2 analysis

Crowded House or Uncrowded House? Paul Burton weighs up the pros and cons in the Sydney Morning Herald. Sept 2020

Dr Johanna Nalau celebrates her 2020 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award. View here

Paul Burton chats with Jonathan Green from ABC Radio National's Blueprint, about global supply chain interruption caused by panic buying and it's effects during covid-19. Listen here Aug 2020

Paul Burton speaks to Gold Coast Bulletin's Ann Wason-Moore on SEQ's future possibilities and hurdles post covid-19. Listen here Aug 2020

Why are tiny homes growing in popularity? Dr Heather Shearer joins the conversation on ABC Radio Perth. Listen here Jan 2020

Dr Heather Shearer speaks to the pros and cons of living in a 'Tiny House' in this Conversation article. Jan 2020


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11TH Annual Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM) Workshop. This Annual Workshop series has been organised by the Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM). Griffith University hosted its 11th Workshop to mark the 10th Anniversary of ANSHM. More information here

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 and final report can be found here. Nov 2019

No congestion-busting benefit from Brisbane's $10 billion toll roads - Associate Professor Matt Burke explains in this Brisbane Times article. Oct 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 Sept 2019

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" . Read here. Aug 2019

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


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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. - Dec 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 - Nov 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 is the Principal Investigator of a $1.2M collaborative project awarded by DFAT through the Water for Women Fund.- Aug 2018

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

Vale Patrick Troy AO - Professor Paul Burton pays tribute to Patrick Troy. Read here - July 2018

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