Category Archives: Urban Development

High Impact Project Update: The Integrated Heat Vulnerability Assessment Toolkit

As extreme weather events increase it’s vitally important to identify populations who are vulnerable to extreme heat, particularly those living in urban areas. Many urban areas have higher temperatures than rural areas, a direct result of urbanisation, which is referred to as an ‘urban heat island’. This is even more crucial in Australian context, which […]

Research impact: Free public transport would mostly benefit wealthier inner-city residents

Map of Melbourne showing the VAMPIRE score (the Vulnerability Analysis for Mortgage, Petroleum and Inflation Risks and Expenditure), available via the AURIN Map portal. The rising cost of living is causing economic pain across Australia. The soaring price of petrol is impacting not just our commutes but also the costs of goods and services. This […]

2022-2023 High Impact Projects Announced

AURIN Investment for Impact: The Park Life Project

AURIN has funded new critical eInfrastructure for open space research, generating new, nationally consistent, data and improving existing analysis and visualisation tools. This will enable Australia’s research community to address complex urban and regional planning issues in Australia and find solutions that create positive impacts for our towns, cities and communities. Public open spaces are […]

In Progress: Adding Built Environments to Climate Models

Three maps, each showing a quality (e.g. vegetation, building coverage) over latitude and longitude

Maps of Sydney according to various descriptors | Image supplied. With data made available through AURIN, researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are working to incorporate more detailed features of the built environment into existing climate models. This will provide a basis for a better understanding of how urban areas both impact […]

AURIN’s APM Point-Level Data, Enabling Your Research Impact

AURIN’s APM Point-Level Data is enabling important research in various metropolitan and rural municipalities across the nation, in economic impact, disaster impact, housing affordability, education, immigration and more.

Housing Vulnerability Under Pandemic Conditions

The Victorian Government recently announced a rental relief package to support tenants who are “experiencing rental hardship due to COVID-19” (Department of Health and Human Services, 2020). Eligible renters who are unable to afford rent, can access a one-off payment of up to $2000, with the aim of avoiding evictions during the current state of emergency. […]

Case Study: Analysing Housing Affordability

Outline of the Research Housing affordability in Australia has become a critical concern for young would-be homeowners and policy-makers alike. It has been the focus of a large body of research in Australia, and as house prices increase rapidly, has increasingly become a contentious political concern. Yet, despite the rhetoric emerging from various groups around […]

Welcome to AURIN’s new Animation

Welcome to AURIN from AURIN on Vimeo. Australia’s population is predicted to double by mid-century, with 7 out of 10 people living and working in just 5 mega-metro regions. AURIN—the ‘Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network’ —is a national service that empowers urban researchers, planners and policy makers to transform Australia’s growing population centres and regions […]

Can tweets from the streets improve traffic?

A way to mine Twitter data to identify real-time traffic jams and accident black spots has been developed by University of Melbourne researchers. These ‘tweets from the streets’ could give urban planners the big data they need to make our transport systems more efficient, identify accident black spots and make our cities more liveable. “We […]

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