The AURIN High Impact Projects program delivers new tools, services, and datasets to extend the AURIN infrastructure and improve our understanding of complex urban and regional issues.

We fund projects that create impact beyond research—think economic, societal or policy impact—and represent all aspects of urban and regional research areas such as housing, transport, land use, economy, climate, planning, social policy, infrastructure, health, and demographics.

We value innovation in new spatial analysis techniques, data management and modelling, new data products, and the underlying technology required to support our world-class research infrastructure.

High Impact Projects launching in 2021

AURIN has funded seven proposals from the first round of High Impact Projects applications.  These projects will launch throughout 2021.

Our independent, expert, Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) completed a careful and thorough review and recommended funding the projects listed below for the 2020/21 funding round. That recommendation was reviewed and accepted by the AURIN Management Board.

Project Lead
An Australian Public Open Space Layer and Survey of Use

This project will make available: a new standardised national public space open layer for Australian capital cities; linked to a new national survey of park use; and create and integrate with the AURIN Portal, an expanded version of an existing Public Open Space Tool.

The Public Open Space Tool link will provide a suite of planning support and data summary and processing tools for researchers, policymakers, planners and other AURIN users.

University of Western Australia, The Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC)
Bikeability for Transportation: Tools and Data for Research and Practice

This project will develop a new bikeability assessment tool, making it possible to assess and monitor planning, design, infrastructure and policy interventions over time.

Combined with AURIN’s existing walkability tool, objective and accessible bikeability measures will support multi‐modal transportation planning with a strong active transportation core. The bikeability tool will also help identify populations both well‐ and underserved with active transportation options.

University of Queensland
The Green Australian Vehicle Ownership (GreenAVO) Capability for AURIN

This project aims to significantly augment and extend AURIN’s 2014 cross-sectional database of vehicle ownership and environmental efficiency.

This project will extract data relating to the availability of vehicle registrations and the Green Vehicle Guide from government APIs. This significantly advances AURIN’s capability to deliver up-to-date vehicle ownership data for observing temporal trends and spatial patterns in changes to vehicle technologies and infrastructure requirements.

University of Queensland
High-resolution Estimates of Daytime Residential Population

This project will provide models and datasets which estimate the daily stay-at-home population across Australia. Data is gathered by measuring aggregated internet use and will produce a dataset of the first Australia-wide household fixed broadband use by SA2 regions (per 30 mins).

This dataset will support any research which requires highly resolved population estimates across Australia, in any particular region during the day. These patterns have been substantially disturbed during COVID, and their knowledge is necessary for updated urban planning, energy planning, and transportation infrastructure use assessment. The project will first deliver a static dataset, but will establish the relationship with NBN to build a federated data feed.

University of Melbourne
Integrated Heat Vulnerability Assessment Toolkit for Australian Cities

This project aims to establish a nationwide dynamic and interactive heat vulnerability assessment toolkit. The toolkit will integrate multiple data sources, deep learning, and Web GIS technologies to deliver cool intelligence for more heat resilient Australian cities and suburbs.

The project will develop tools for fusing satellite images and calculating land surface temperature and urban heat island effect. It will also develop tools to construct heat sensitivity, heat adaptive capability indicators, and composite heat vulnerability index, as well as enabling modelling of the relationships between heat, environmental and socioeconomic factors.

RMIT University
Linking the Illawarra Data Repository to AURIN: A Federated Model 

This project will link the Illawarra Data Repository (IDR) to AURIN as a federated data and metadata repository. The IDR is an ongoing initiative that collects electricity and water consumption, residential solid waste and IoT sensor data at various spatial and temporal resolutions in the Woollongong, Shellharbour, and Kiama LGAs.

This project will provide a comprehensive blueprint for federated data repositories that ensure effective and efficient data discovery and the ongoing availability of up-to-date data to the AURIN community.

University of Woollongong
Quantifying Regional Innovation

This project aims to develop a methodology and tool for representing innovation at a regional level across Australia. The project will use a Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) approach to create a variable that measures innovation based on some typical indicators of innovation.

This project will build multiple new indicators for ingestion into the AURIN ecosystem, including a measure of innovation, regional-specific industry growth opportunities, industry strengths, and capabilities. In addition, other datasets will be created that provide indicators about a region’s industrial capabilities using SA2 business count data and knowledge capabilities using SA2 patent data.

Flinders University