About the CAUL Hub

Cities are important environments that are home to millions of Australians. How can we make them better for people and for biodiversity?

The CAUL Hub is a consortium funded under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program. The mission of the CAUL Hub is to take a holistic view on the sustainability and liveability of urban environments.

We are producing the evidence base and collaborative partnerships to deliver better cities. Our approach:
- Collaboration across disciplines to tackle complex problems
- Engagement and partnerships with government, private industry and citizens
- Rigorous research with real-world impact
- Highlighting Indigenous perspectives in cities

Research expertise at the CAUL Hub covers air quality, urban ecology, urban planning, urban design, public health and green infrastructure, located at the consortium’s four partner organisations (the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Australia). The CAUL Hub is led by one of Australia’s leading urban ecologists Associate Professor Kirsten Parris. Deputy Hub Lead is Associate Professor Joe Hurley, an expert in the role of urban governance and policy to produce sustainable outcomes.

Collaboration across Disciplines

A real strength of the CAUL Hub is our multi-disciplinarity. Cities are complex places, so it is critical that policy, design and processes developed for future cities include a range of perspectives. Our researchers bring national and international expertise in air quality, population health, urban ecology, urban greening, environmental psychology, urban design, urban planning and urban systems, along with a willingness to work together across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Stakeholder Engagement

To maximise the value of urban research, end users must be engaged from the beginning of the research planning process. The CAUL Hub has a strong commitment to engagement and co-design with stakeholders, including the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, state government agencies, local government, private industry, citizen scientists and the city-dwelling public.

A brochure about the CAUL Hub can be found here. The public version of the current CAUL Hub Research Plan can be downloaded here. This plan outlines only the changes in CAUL Hub's research projects, so to see more detailed project descriptions see the older research plan here.

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