Cities and urban research
AHURI’s National Cities Research Program was introduced in 2019 recognising the need for nationally coordinated, high quality and independent research to underpin and inform cities and urban policy development and decision making.
Our Cities Research Program is underpinned by 12 key themes—nine that are prominent in Australian cities and urban policy, and a further three emerging themes that are relevant to a future cities policy agenda.
Select a theme to view research, news and policy analysis related to each topic.
Population dynamics in cities related to factors including economic opportunity, migration policy, changing demographic characteristics and patterns of household formation.
Community and place
Place based approaches and community engagement: facilitating healthy, liveable, walkable, lively and inclusive cities.
Recognition of traditional owners and their knowledge of Country, cultural values and traditions that influence urban design, and governance.
Economic growth, agglomeration, and connectivity. Attracting human capital, facilitating innovation and participating in global markets.
Housing in urban policy
Coordinating planning and housing supply targets to deliver urban consolidation and renewal with diverse housing, including social and affordable housing.
Built environment and design
Built environment and urban design to preserve culture and heritage, and create cities with good cultural, health and environmental outcomes.
Land use and development
The rezoning, development and use of land as a means of accommodating the dynamic population of cities.
Funding and delivery mechanisms for social amenities including social housing, hospitals and schools and for the sustainable provision of energy, water and waste.
Infrastructure to facilitate the mobility of people and goods through different modes of transport, within and between cities.
Climate change responses, transitioning to a zero-carbon built environment, protecting biodiversity, green space, and food and water resources.
Internet of Things technologies and Smart Cities infrastructure, high speed digital connectivity, and issues of data governance, privacy and equal access.
Governance and planning
The regulation and long term strategic planning for cities across local, state and Federal government and multiple agencies.
International governance frameworks including the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Agenda and other multi-national humanitarian, climate and economic forums.