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Shaping our urban future

Griffith Magazine

First Edition November 2017

Queensland is hit with a devastating cyclone and Griffith researchers spring into action.

At a moment’s notice, they’re on a plane to north Queensland, on a mission to collect valuable data for their work on coastal resilience.

These are scientists from the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, part of the University’s Cities Research Institute, and they know just how important it is to get to a site while it still contains the information they need on the impacts of storm surges.

These are the people working to find new ways to protect our towns and cities from this damage in the future.

 

“As well as carrying work of the highest academic standards, we are also committed to applying this research to practice.  We do this in partnership with others, and increasingly with others across the globe.”

And it’s not just cyclones and storm protection work that could save lives that members of the Cities Research Institute do; all of their research is designed to make a difference to our lives in towns and cities.

Studying the use of urban cycleways to ease traffic congestion.  Looking at how suburbs can become cooler through urban greening.  Monitoring water and energy use in our homes to help families reduce their utilities bills.  Planning community infrastructure in new settlements.

These are the things that matter to all of us, because how well cities work has an impact on all our lives.

With more than 70 members working on all aspects of urbanisation, the Institute is well placed to bring together multidisciplinary teams to address the increasingly complex challenges facing cities and their governments.

As Australia’s largest research facility focused on cities, it’s come a long way from its inception as the Urban Research Program over fifteen years ago.

Director Professor Paul Burton leads the Institute in building partnerships with industry, government and the community sector to ensure their work helps make cities better places.

His work over many years with city leaders in Australia and the UK was published recently in a book on the role of mayors in leading our cities to success, and other members of the Institute published another book detailing the history of urbanisation on the Gold Coast.

“These are very exciting times for cities research at Griffith. With such a large group of experienced researchers as well as over 100 PhD scholars, we have the capacity to explore and better understand all the big challenges facing cities.”

“As well as carrying work of the highest academic standards, we are also committed to applying this research to practice.  We do this in partnership with others, and increasingly with others across the globe.”

Professor Paul Burton, Cities Research Institute Director
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