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From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.

  1. 16 October 2020 – COVID-19, Computational Social Science, Computer Science, Coronavirus, Social Science

    How ‘artificial societies’ are helping plan our COVID-19 response

    Computational social science allows policy makers to trial COVID responses on ‘artificial societies’, before real life explains a University of Melbourne expert

  2. 15 September 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Design, International, Travel

    Reimagining international airports in COVID-19

    COVID-19 highlights that the way we design airports offers a way to minimise the risk of new imported disease outbreaks say University of Melbourne experts.

  3. 10 September 2020 – Cities, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, International, Leadership

    New foreign relations bill puts ‘city diplomacy’ at risk

    Proposed legislation to veto international city agreements if inconsistent with foreign policy puts city diplomacy at risk say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 8 September 2020 – COVID-19, Epidemiology, Modelling, Public Health, Urban Design

    Modelling Victoria’s escape from COVID-19

    Dynamic policy models can help Victoria think through how we get to ‘COVID-normal’. Here University of Melbourne experts explain their new modelling

  5. 1 September 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Disadvantage, Melbourne, Public Health

    How can we open up Melbourne while tackling disadvantage?

    Melbourne’s COVID-19 cases concentrate in the north and west. University of Melbourne experts look at this pattern and how to ‘re-open’ and tackle disadvantage.

  6. 18 August 2020 – Architecture, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Design, Pandemic

    Architecture and design in a post-pandemic world

    For a post-pandemic world, some architecture and design features can support infection control, as the past has shown, explain University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 12 August 2020 – Climate, Decision-making, Planning, Water, Water Management

    Water management worldwide is failing, it’s time for a new approach

    Climate extremes mean we need robust inter-disciplinary solutions from climate and social scientists, engineers and lawyers say University of Melbourne experts.

  8. 10 August 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, Housing, Unemployment, Young People

    People in share housing are struggling to cope in COVID-19

    A new University of Melbourne survey finds that many people living in share housing in Victoria are facing a precarious future as a result of COVID-19.

  9. 28 July 2020 – Climate Change, Climate Emergency, Government, Paris Agreement, Policy

    The local governments declaring a climate emergency

    University of Melbourne research finds that only a small proportion of the local governments declaring a climate emergency have developed action plans.