Research to empower local action and better decision-making

Our researchers are exploring decision-making pathways for complex built environment challenges, towards nature loving, nature inspired and place-based solutions. We invite you to join our journey through the following research areas.

Our Researchers

Our researchers seek ‘nature inspired’ (biomimetic), ‘nature loving’ (biophilic) and digital-spatial (‘place based’) design and decision-making enquiry towards resilient and regenerative cities. Building upon extensive research and experience in sustainable development and engineering, we draw on a strong multidisciplinary research capacity of academic colleagues spanning architects, civil and coastal engineers, land use and transport planners, urban designers, systems analysts, economists and lawyers and public health specialists.

Our work engages with ‘Foundation Research’ that is usually multi-disciplinary. This often involves surveying the emerging consensus on emergent topics, building the language and framework for mainstreaming, and establishing priorities for evolving research agendas. We invite industry and government colleagues, postgraduate and undergraduate researchers to work with us to create precedents and build momentum towards vibrant and thriving cities.

Our Adjunct Members

Our HDR Students

  • Ms Samantha Hayes
  • Ms Siobhan Colombo
  • Mr Irfaan Peerun
  • Mr Emad Kavehei
  • Mr Abdul Karim

HARNESSING DATA FOR DECISION-MAKING TOWARDS BIOPHILIC (NATURE-LOVING) CITIES

Everything is connected, and ‘where’ is critical. This research team is studying opportunities for using geospatial data to inform urban design and planning, including mapping attributes of nature-loving cities, analytical methods to capture the value of green spaces, and artificial intelligence using satellite imagery to indicate carbon capture of green infrastructure.

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CREATING DIGITAL EARTH NODE (DEN) SPACES: REMOTE IMMERSIVE COLLABORATION

Global problem-solving is still costing time and energy in travel that could be avoided. This research team is developing workspace environments - DENs - to enable remote interactions using minimal hardware, very narrow bandwidth, and zero-lag display, where the data stays local.

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ENABLING COMMUNITY ACTION FOR LOCAL FOOD CONTINGENCY

Community-led decision-making empowers communities to share responsibility for their food resilience in times of need. This research team is connecting community and government to build capacity for accessing local food and to thrive in uncertain times.

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CLOSING THE LOOP ON ORGANICS IN CITIES: AT-SCALE FOOD-WASTE COMPOSTING

Sending food waste to landfill has significant social and environmental impacts. This research team is exploring strategies for ‘closing the loop’ on food waste recycling, applying ‘lean and green thinking’ to help farmers, industry and government make the most of precious resources.

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FOSTERING RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGH BIOMIMETIC DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Climate change poses risks to infrastructure through disrupted operations, reduced lifespan and increased reconstruction and maintenance costs. This research team is exploring the role of biomimicry in redefining resilience approaches for new infrastructure projects and infrastructure renewal.

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NORMALISING ACCESS TO NATURE: GREEN SPACES IN BUILDINGS

With people spending most of their time indoors, a daily dose of nature can significantly improve wellbeing. This research team is building capacity for decision makers to evaluate the costs and benefits of green spaces, encouraging their installation and retention as critical ‘green’ infrastructure.

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