Vulnerability Analysis of Mortgage, Petroleum and Inflation Risks and Expenditure (VAMPIRE) Index

Creating an e-data service for assessing petroleum and mortgage vulnerability in Australian cities

This project provides an e-data service that allows the user to analyse and evaluate the social vulnerability from rising petrol price and mortgage stresses in Australian cities. This has essentially developed a previous version of the VAMPIRE (Vulnerability Analysis of Mortgage, Petroleum and Inflation Risks and Expenditure) Index as an AURIN interactive e-data service to produce user defined VAMPIRE Indices for urban areas. The e-data service supports urban researchers in identifying issues related to social-spatial disadvantage, risks and vulnerability, and evaluate the factors which contribute to those risks in Australian cities.


Project overview

This project provides an e-data service that can be used to examine oil and mortgage vulnerability in Australian cities. The e-data service makes the VAMPIRE Index developed by the Griffith University’s Urban Research Program available in AURIN’s e-data infrastructure. The e-data service produces the vulnerability index through an analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data for Australian cities. An interactive interface has been created to allow users to access VAMPIRE indices of oil and mortgage vulnerability. The project allows researchers, urban planners and policy makers to access and use the VAMPIRE e-data service within their own evaluation context. It enhances researchers’ and planners’ data resources and analytical capacity in responding to vulnerability issues to inform planning and development in a region.

Project Output

  • ABS census data assembled. This includes all the necessary variables to perform the VAMPIRE Indices at the collection district/SA1, suburb/SA2 and local government units of analysis
  • VAMPIRE e-data service. This e-data service allows a user to specify the year, area and the unit of analysis
  • VAMPIRE e-display Tool. The e-tool allows the user to specify the desired output for the VAMPIRE analysis. The options include: data download, tables/graphs or maps. Visualised results are presented in an interactive web-mapping tool or depending on the timing they can be incorporated into AURIN’s e-tools
  • Final testing of the e-tool and acceptance by AURIN

Project Team

The Urban Research Program at Griffith University is one of the Australia’s leading urban and transport research institute dedicated to develop knowledge to improving understanding and answering the most pressing urban questions in Australian cities. Transport researchers at URP have been successful in delivering quality research on transport systems, services, infrastructure, and their interactions with socio-economic and environmental systems. The most data-driven research in the URP include the relationship between transport infrastructure and travel behaviour, transport disadvantage and oil vulnerability, motor vehicle fleet efficiency and urban freight. This group receives funding and support from multiple ARC funded projects, Queensland Government, and industries.

The project leaders, Profs Neil Sipe and Jago Dodson and Dr Tiebei Li are responsible for project management and direction.

Neil Sipe_webProf Neil Sipe
Project Leader
School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management
University of Queensland
07 3365 6671
Jago-Dodson_webProfessor Jago Dodson
Project Leader
Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University
03 9925 9591
20150430_144818_webDr Tiebei Li
Reseach Fellow
Urban Research Program
Griffith University
07 373 59205
Franz-B&WFranz Eilert
QCIF Project Manager

Project partners

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