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Presented by Dr Lisa Stafford, ARC Decra Fellow

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 seeks 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. The seminar will draw on Lisa's research, lived and practice-based experiences to explore these questions and to illustrate essential principles and ways to disrupt ableism that persists in planning theory and policy, which can influence our approaches and design of cities, regions, towns, neighbourhoods, public open spaces and transport.

WHERE:  Live web stream - register for link to join

WHEN:   Monday 7 September 2020

TIME:     3 pm - 4:30 pm

Register 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.

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Coast Ed Holiday Programs

The Griffith Centre for Coastal Management 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.

More News Highlights


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 August 2020
Paul Burton speaks to Gold Coast Bulletin's Ann Wason-Moore on SEQ's future possibilities and hurdles post covid-19. View article here. July 2020
Why are tiny homes growing in popularity? Dr Heather Shearer joins the conversation on ABC Radio Perth. Listen here. January 2020
Dr Heather Shearer speaks to the pros and cons of living in a 'Tiny House' in this Conversation article. January 2020


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), which was established in June 2009. 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 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


CRI 2018 Newsletters:

Issue 3, November 2018

Issue 2, August 2018

Issue 1, March 2018

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
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
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

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

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