About

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 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.

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

CAUL Hub leader Kirsten Parris talks about the Hub’s research plan for 2019

Collaboration across Disciplines

Cities are complex places, so it is critical that policy, design and processes developed for future cities include a range of perspectives. CAUL Hub 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.

Image: An artist’s impression of The Living Pavilion (May 2019) – a transdisciplinary project connecting Indigenous knowledge, ecological science, sustainable design and participatory arts.

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.

Image: A group of citizen scientists helping to collect important information about pollinator-plant interactions. Credit: Luis Mata