RMIT conducts a large amount of research into the development of sustainable cities. Image © istockphoto.
- Sustainable research institutes at RMIT
- Sustainability research projects at RMIT
- Sustainability academic programs
- Sustainability publications
Sustainability research institutes at RMIT
The RMIT Global Cities Research Institute focuses on research that aims to provide sustainable and secure cities in the Asia-Pacific region in the face of climate change and globalisation.
Global Sustainability’s mission is to be a leader in the practical exploration, development and application of global sustainability in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The Centre for Design specialises in innovative design methods and tools to support the sustainable design of products and services that include packaging and consumer products as well as sustainable buildings, suburbs and cities.
Sustainability research projects at RMIT
The following research projects are a selection of the sustainability-oriented research that is being conducted at RMIT University. The list does not represent RMIT sustainable research in its entirety.
The Re-imagining the Australian Suburb project is a result of the collaborative efforts of seven research clusters that focus on separate but correlated areas of sustainable urban development.
Peri-urban areas form belts of non-urban land that borders metropolitan centres. They usually contain important natural resources, remnant biodiversity and significant landscapes and are under increasing worldwide threat from development and overuse.
The growing environmental footprints of cities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region are increasing the consumption of natural resources and creating growing problems of pollution and waste disposal. This research program will primarily address social and environmental sustainability in cities experiencing global economic forces, as well as on the impacts of and policy responses to climate change at the systemic level of cities and their regions.
The Art and Environmental Sustainability research group focuses on how cultural interpretations of the non-human world contribute to our knowledge of the environment and the crisis in global ecological sustainability . Research is undertaken in both art practice and theory.
Towards Carbon Neutral Communities - Making the Transition is aimed at making Australia a world leader in applying innovative methods to overcome non-technical barriers to achieving carbon neutrality at community level. The project will focus on the role behaviour change initiatives and other non-technical interventions in transitioning towards carbon neutrality.
The Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) aims to create a global framework for the infrastructural adaptation of cities in the Asia-Pacific region to climate change.
A selection of carbon neutral research working papers and conference papers.