Collaborations with the NGAA’s research partner such as AHURI, the Life Course Centre and Future Cities CRC help ensure that the outer suburbs are included in long term studies.
NGAA Executive Officer, Bronwen Clark, attended the second panel of AHURI’s study on Urban productivity and affordable rental housing supply in Sydney on 28 June. NGAA was invited to be the sole local government representative on the Inquiry panel, which includes representatives from Federal and State Government.
The project is being led by Prof. Nicole Gurran of the University of Sydney, and other researchers include Prof Jago Dodson RMIT, Prof. Kath Hulse Swinburne University and Prof. Robyn Dowling University of Sydney.
More about the project, which is due for completion later this year, here.
Life Course Centre
The Life Course Centre is one of NGAA’s research partners based at the University of Queensland. It includes the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Western Australia. Read more about the Centre here. https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
The Centre is awaiting a decision on the next round of Centre of Excellence funding, which would allow it to proceed with a comprehensive research program. NGAA is a partner in that funding application, providing in-kind support and connection to local government. The outcomes of the proposed research will strengthen our policy platform.
The Life Course Centre investigates the critical factors underlying disadvantage to provide life-changing solutions for policy and service delivery. It is uniquely positioned to tackle the intergenerational transmission of deep and persistent disadvantage, which is characterised by the spread of social and economic poverty within families and across generations, despite overall improvements in the broader society.
Future Cities Cooperative Research Centre – revised bid
NGAA has committed to the provision of in-kind support for the revised Future Cities CRC bid (after an unsuccessful application in 2018), along with a broad range of industry, government and academic partners. The bid is being coordinated by the University of NSW.
The proposed CRC will be Australia’s national research and innovation hub for the future of cities, aimed at developing and implementing integrated science-based policy and practice solutions to current and future urban challenges, including how Australia can manage its urban population flows and understand what the smarter, connected, sustainable, resilient and healthy cities of the future may look like. It will also explore how to develop and integrate new technologies, systems, materials and AI/IoT in the fields of urban design, construction and infrastructure.
A funding decision is expected later this year.
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