Research to empower local action and better decision-making
Our researchers are exploring decision-making pathways for complex built environment challenges, to benefit people and planet. Our research targets nature loving and nature inspired solutions. We are committed to place-based approaches that deliver socially supportive and resilient outcomes. We invite you to join our journey through the following research areas.
- Enabling community action for local food contingency
- Closing the loop on organics in cities: At-scale food-waste composting
- Fostering resilient infrastructure through biomimetic design and engineering
- Harnessing data for decision-making towards Biophilic (nature-loving) cities
- Normalising access to Nature: Green spaces in buildings
- Remote immersive collaboration spaces for calm, pragmatic future-facing decision-making
We invite you to join our journey through these research agendas.
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.
Assoc Prof Cheryl Desha
Director Engagement, School of Engineering & Built Environment
Dr Kimberley Reis
Lecturer, School of Environment & Science
Dr Savindi Caldera
Research Fellow, Cities Research Institute
Assoc Prof Anne Roiko
Academic Lead, Environmental Health, School of Medicine
Prof Sherif Mohamed
Head, School of Engineering & Built Environment
Associate Professor Matthew Burke
Principal Research Fellow, Cities Research Institute
Dr Dominic Ong
Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Built Environment
Dr Barbara Yen
Lecturer, School of Engineering and Built Environment
Dr Graham Jenkins
Snr Lecturer School of Engineering & Built Environment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.