Cities Research Institute Newsletter
Issue 3 - December 2019
A Message from the Director
Dear Colleagues

It is a cliché to say that time appears to be passing increasingly quickly, but last year did seem to go by in a flash. In February Griffith University welcomed Professor Carolyn Evans as our new Vice Chancellor and President and it has been a pleasure to work with her on a number of issues affecting the university and the wider region. Griffith’s newly released Strategic Plan for the next five years provides exciting opportunities to develop our own ambitious plans for growing the scale and impact of our research and we will be looking to all our members and partners to play an active role in this in the new year. I would also like to publicly acknowledge the support and encouragement given to the Institute and its predecessors by Professor Emeritus Ian O’Connor AC who retired at the end of last year and I know you will join with me in wishing him all the very best in his new endeavours.
In this Newsletter you can read a lot more about our achievements in securing grants, publishing papers, books and reports and speaking at conferences both in Australia and overseas. Our members have also been winning awards and prizes; all richly deserved and, again, reported below. And PhDs continue to be awarded to researchers supervised by members of the Institute.

There is an increasing expectation that university researchers engage with those outside the academy - in government, industry and the community sector – in shaping our research agendas and in presenting our results, conclusions and recommendations in ways they find useful. This expectation of engagement is not new to us as we have always worked hard to build these partnerships. But demonstrating the impact of our work is often more complicated, not least because research – no matter how high its quality – is only one determinant of policy, policy is only one determinant of practice and the outcomes of practice are not always as expected. Nevertheless, we continue to explore new ways of bringing our work to the attention of those beyond the academy who might find it useful and to develop new ways of measuring its impact.

The external world continues to amaze us in ways ranging from the inspiring to the profoundly worrying. I have been inspired by the courage and commitment of individuals and communities confronted with major disasters, but worried by the ways in which some of these events are explained and understood. Challenges to the integrity and relevance of science are becoming normalised and there is worrying evidence that ‘fake news’ is now widely distributed and even accepted as a phenomenon. Both are cause for concern and scarcely allayed by the proposition that we should happily live in a post-truth world. Rather, they reinforce the importance of producing high quality research designed to engage with real-world issues.

Finally, I would like to thank all members of the Cities Research Institute - academics, PhD researchers, adjuncts and our wonderful professional staff who support us day to day, as well as our ever-helpful Advisory Board - for rising to the challenge of designing, delivering and disseminating research that helps make cities better places. As more of us live and work in cities that are becoming bigger and more complex, and as cities around the world are increasingly connected, it is important that we rise to this challenge. Cities can be the source of many problems, but they can also offer solutions to living more sustainably, equitably, safely and happily. We will continue to contribute through our research to better understanding these problems and developing these solutions.

  Have a good break and see you in the new year. Paul Christmas dec 2019-1

Paul Burton
Director, Cities Research Institute
Latest News from the Transport Team - Associate Professor Matt Burke
PhD student Ben Kaufman, Abraham Leung and Matthew Burke won a School of Environment and Science Research Support Scheme grant worth almost $4,000 for a project entitled “Planning demand responsive transit systems for Australian cities: a comparative case study". The grant will fund the transport team's 2020 honours student Mr Tim Beck to travel to Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney to visit most of the NSW demand responsive transit (DRT) trials currently underway there, and to interview those who have planned and implemented these innovative public transport schemes. The project will be particularly helpful to one of our key industry partners Brisbane City Council. An Urban and Environmental Planning student entering his fourth year, Tim is now well integrated into our transport research group with a hot-desk and computer provided to him in the Sir Samuel Griffith Centre at Nathan.
The Cities Research Institute will be helping to host the Australasian Transport Research Forum, Australia and New Zealand's largest annual academic transport conference, in Brisbane in November 2020. Matthew Burke and Abraham Leung are part of the host committee established last month along with colleagues from Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, UQ and QUT.
Recent PhD graduate and current research assistant Dr Sima Vaez had a paper from her thesis entitled "Visitors Wayfinding Strategies and Navigational aids in Unfamiliar Urban Environments" accepted for publication in the highly ranked journal Tourism Geographies.
Congratulations to our Adjunct member Dr Barbara Yen on her success winning a prestigious Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology grant - the equivalent of an Australian Research Council grant. The award will help Barbara extend her work at National Chiao Tung University on gamification and transport, a research agenda she started when working full-time with us here in the Institute.
Two key papers were presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC). Matthew Burke is exploring the ways IT giants are now becoming land developers themselves and what this means for Smart Cities and urban life. Abraham Leung presented a provocative paper on how we cannot even measure the "sharing" of vehicles and of trips, despite this being one of the key objectives for future transportation, and recommended ways this could be resolved.

The team is now working on a small project with the new e-scooter operator in Brisbane, Neuron Scooters, to explore the impacts of these new technologies on tourism visitation and Brisbane's city image.
New Colombo Plan 2020 Success

Dr Jeung-Hwan Doh has been successful securing funding through the New Colombo Plan 2020 for the project titled Industry Affiliates Program Scholarship – Korea Maritime and Ocean University. The project provides a scholarship for four engineering students to complete a 12-week placement in 2020 and 2021 in Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Republic of Korea, as part of the Industry Affiliates Program (IAP).
Through this project, the students will have the opportunities to enhance their knowledge in the aged marine concrete structures maintenance and to develop design guideline for innovative construction materials.
Newly conferred Dr Joanne Dolley was awarded a commendation at the 2019 PIA QLD Awards for the book "Re-thinking Third Places - Informal Public Spaces and Community Building", which she co-edited with Associate Professor Caryl Bosman. The award was in the category of Cutting Edge Research and Teaching.

Congratulations also to our recent PhD graduates, Dr Chris Boulton, (pictured on left) with Prof Paul Burton and Dr Joanne Dolley (pictured on right), Dr Ebrahim Solgi, Dr Huizhong Xue, Dr Shabnam Yazdani Mehr, Dr Zhengxu Li, Dr Tuan Son Nguyen, Dr Nowaar Raad
Griffith Centre for Coastal Management
On Friday 10 May, GCCM launched our metocean buoy into the water from The Spit at Main Beach. The giant buoy, nicknamed Big Bird, will monitor conditions off South Stradbroke Island. The Coastal Engineering Research Field Station (CERFS) project consists of instrument modules for measuring waves, tides, currents, seabed and beach profiles and sediment characteristics. It aims to address critical knowledge gaps in the understanding of coastal processes including the impacts of climate variability and change, and generate long-term data-sets for calibration of coastal models against Australian conditions.
Publication/Conference highlights – Coastal Hazard Management Short Course Level I (8-10 May) + Level II (13-15 May), Gold Coast & Byron Bay;
- Coastal Sediments Conference, Florida (27-31 May); 8th International Symposium of Gully Erosion, Townsville (22-25 July); 2019 Queensland Coastal Conference, Surfers Paradise (21-22 August); Sea Cities Impact Lecture, Broadbeach (11 July).
- Conference organisation - 2019 Queensland Coastal Conference, Surfers Paradise (21-22 August); 8th International Symposium of Gully Erosion, Townsville (22-25 July)

In the Media
How long do you spend commuting each day?
The transport team continue to disseminate their research findings to industry, to the public and to academic audiences. Dr Abraham Leung and PhD candidate Benjamin Kaufman from the Transport team had one-on-one live radio interviews on Rebecca Livingston's program on 612ABC discussing the amount of time taken out of our days due to travel.
No congestion-busting benefit from Brisbane's $10 billion toll roads
Assoc. Professor Matt Burke discussed the issue of congestion in Brisbane's CBD and the possibility of bringing in a congestion tax. Read the Brisbane Times article here.
Dr Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes was interviewed by ABC News on development on the Gold Coast. You can read the article here.

The impact of sky view factor on thermal environments in urban parks in a subtropical coastal city of Australia
Newly conferred Dr Jian Zhang had this article published in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening August vol 44, (2019).
Barriers and opportunities for behavior change in managing high water demand in water scarce Indigenous communities: an Australian perspective
Safaa Aldiwari; Regina Souter; Cara D. Beal. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development IWA Publishing Article here
Is adaptation success a flawed concept?
Dr Johanna Nalau co-authored this article which speaks to The Paris Agreement's global goal on adaptation and the effectiveness of adaptation actions. Read article in
Dr Hassan Karampour co-authored Pure bending of pipe-in-pipe systems, A Binazir, H Karampour, AJ Sadowski, BP Gilbert, Thin-Walled Structures 145, 106381
Conference Papers:
Efficiency of carbon fibre buckle arrestors for subsea pipelines. H Karampour, M Alrsai, W Hall, OMAE 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Glasgow, Scotland, June 2019
Collapse Mechanisms of Pipe-in-Pipe Systems Under External Pressure During Operation. M Alrsai, H Karampour, F Albermani, The 29th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, June 2019, Hawaii, USA
Dr Tony Matthews co-authored two articles:
Korah, P. I., Matthews, T. and Tomerini, D. (2019) ‘Characterising Social and Temporal Patterns of Urban Evolution in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Accra, Ghana. Land Use Policy. 87. doi: [SJR Q1; 2015 IF: 3.573]
Matthews, T.and Martson, G. (2019) ‘How Environmental Storylines Shaped Regional Planning Policies in South East Queensland, Australia: A Long-Term Analysis. Land Use Policy. 85. 476-484. doi: [SJR Q1; 2015 IF: 3.573]
Dr Fernanda Helfer co-authored three publications:
Helfer, F., & Drew, S. (2019). Students’ Perceptions of Doctoral Supervision: A Study in an Engineering Program in Australia. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 14, 499-524. doi:10.28945/4368
Helfer, F., Louzada, J. A., Zhang, H., Lemckert, C., & Castro, N. (2019). Estudo Comparativo de Três Mecanismos de Redução de Evaporação de Reservatórios. Revista de Estudos Ambientais [in Portuguese], 20(2), 62. doi:10.7867/1983-1501.2018v20n2p62-76
Helfer, F., Andutta, F. P., Louzada, J. A., Zhang, H., & Lemckert, C. (2018). Artificial destratification for reducing reservoir water evaporation: Is it effective? Lakes and Reservoirs, 23(4), 333-350. doi:
Shaeri, S., A. Etemad-Shahidi, A. , Strauss, D. and Tomlinson, R. (2019), Accelerated numerical simulation to investigate morphology changes around small tidal inlets. Coastal Engineering Journal, DOI: 10.1080/21664250.2019.1651562
Dr Yong Wu co-authored A novel hybrid multiple attribute decision-making approach for outsourcing sustainable reverse logistics. Zarbakhshnia, N., Wu, Y., Govindan, K. and Soleimani, H. (2019). Journal of Cleaner Production.
Dr John Minnery co-authored How Diverging Interests in Public Health and Urban Planning Can Lead to Less Healthy Cities in the Journal of Planning History. Hensley, Melissa & Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina & Minnery, John & Pojani, Dorina.
Drs Benjamin Liu and Eduardo Roca co-authored a paper, Mortgage Asymmetric Pricing, Cash Rate and International Funding Cost: Australian Evidence which will appear in the International Review of Economics and Finance. 
Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2019 in Hobart was attended by Professor Rodger Tomlinson, plus PhD students Ana Paula da Silva & Gaelle Faivre. (Ana received the "Women in Geoscience and Engineering" award for best paper at the conference).
The Australian newspaper’s special Research supplement published in October
listed Dong-Sheng Jeng as field leader in Ocean and Marine Engineering.
Dr Tony Matthews recently took part in the closing plenary session at the State of Australian Cities (SOAC) providing an ECR/Rising Scholar perspective on 'Disrupting/Innovating Urban Research.
11th Annual Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM)

The Institute supported and sponsored a Workshop organised by Prof Hong Guanand Dr Dominic Ong. Held on Griffith’s Gold Coast campus on 2-3 December, the workshop attracted a total of 64 participants including 41 academics and HDR students from 12 Australian universities, plus 23 delegates from local and national industry organisations, all actively involved in structural health monitoring (SHM) research and practice.

The workshop also led to an ARC Linkage project led by Prof Michael Blumenstein (UTS), Emeritus Prof Yew-Chaye Loo AM and Prof Hong Guan winning the ANSHM 10 Year Best Project Award (2nd Prize).
Associate Professor Michael Howes and Dr Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes presented to the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) Annual Congress 9-13 July, Venice on “Erratic Climate Change Planning: The Gold Coast’s Alternating Transition.”
1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) - 6 - 9 April 2020

CRI members are playing a leading role in organising the SDEWES 2020 Conference being held on the Gold Coast next year. Prof Rodney Stewart (Chair of local organising committee), Dr Oz Sahin (co-chair), Associate Prof Cheryl Desha (local organising committee) and Associate Prof Cara Beal have commenced working on the first of this regional series of biennial SDEWES conferences designed to provide a venue for the researchers from the Asia Pacific region.

The conference is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development and more information can be found on the SDEWES Website.

EcoSummit 2020 - Building a Sustainable and Desirable Future: Adapting to a changing land and seascape

Dr Jan-Olaf Meyneke is a Co-Chair for the EcoSummit 2020 being held on the Gold Coast 21-25 June. This is a major international congress for all scientists and practitioners working on topics related to sustainability. The conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum for scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers working across disciplines to solve the integrated environmental, social, and economic problems facing the world today.
EcoSummit 2020 will have a focus on coastal and marine ecosystems including adjacent terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and catchments. EcoSummit 2020 information can be found here
Addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Creating vibrant, inclusive, resilient public places in the Anthropocene
Watch this space for dates for this two day workshop to be held in September 2020 sponsored by Griffith University via the Griffith University International Workshop award (GUIWA) and the CRI. A/Prof Caryl Bosman, Dr Joanne Dolley, Dr Tony Matthews and Dr Natalie Osborne will be organising and hosting the event. Guests will include Prof Juaneé Cilliers (North West University in South Africa), Prof Jens Troelsen (University of Southern Denmark) & Dr Hadi Zamanifard (Alumni & Wyndham City Council, Victoria).
In November, Transport team PhD candidate Yiping Yan, presented the first paper from her thesis at the Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) showing for the first time just how much private schooling policies distort travel to schools. See ATRF2019_Abridged_Paper_73.pdf. Yiping's article in The Conversation on this topic has now had over 108,000 reads.
Community engagement
Are you aware of protocols around these matters from the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?
 Greg K Dec 2019
Greg Kitson and Angelina Hurley
Earlier in 2019, CRI PhD Candidate and Regional/Urban Planner, Mr Greg Kitson (Wakka Wakka/ Bidjara) and Griffith Arts PhD Candidate and Aboriginal Arts expert, Ms Angelina Hurley (Jagera/ Gooreng Gooreng/ Birrah/ Mununjali/ Kamiloroi), co-presented a six episode radio series to discuss these matters.
Produced with the support of Meeanjin’s 98.9FM, ‘The Cultural Protocols Show’ broadcast stimulating yarns with various qualified community members in response to observed confusion towards protocols, including: Indigenous Cultural Awareness, Elders, Welcome vs Acknowledgment to/of Country, Communication, Cultural Maintenance and Identity. The original intent was to target Meeanjin’s First Nations community. Due to positive feedback, the series was also broadcast on 4ZZZ community radio for the benefit of a wider non-Indigenous audience.
These protocols are good for general knowledge but are important with respect to Indigenous Community Planning knowledge and engagement practices. Griffith prides itself on being culturally capable when working with First Australians and this resource contributes an additional opportunity for staff, students and industry to learn more about Indigenous protocols by using your Binnungs... especially, if you’re over reading! Of course, each episode includes Murri humour and some language. Cultural Protocols episodes can be found here
Dr Hassan Karampour's PhD student, Mr Mahmoud Alrsai was awarded the prestigious ISOPE Scholarship for Outstanding Students, and attended the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE) conference in Hawaii, USA, June 2019.
GCCM/CRI PhD student, Mr Joao Morim, had the following paper published in the esteemed journal Nature Climate Change (IF = 21.7). Other GCCM/CRI contributors are Dr Fernando Andutta and Dr Nick Cartwright.

"Robustness and uncertainties in global multivariate wind-wave climate projections." Nature Climate Change 9: 711-718.Morim, J., M. Hemer, X. L. Wang, N. Cartwright, C. Trenham, A. Semedo, I. Young, L. Bricheno, P. Camus, M. Casas-Prat, L. Erikson, L. Mentaschi, N. Mori, T. Shimura, B. Timmermans, O. Aarnes, Ø. Breivik, A. Behrens, M. Dobrynin, M. Menendez, J. Staneva, M. Wehner, J. Wolf, B. Kamranzad, A. Webb, J. Stopa and F. Andutta (2019).  
CRI PhD student, Prosper Korah, won funding from the Australasian Cities Research Network / Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (ACRN/AECURN) State of Australian Cities (SOAC) 2019 Emerging Scholars Program.

The funding helped cover the registration fee at the 2019 SOAC conference. In total over 30 submissions were received from ECRs and PhD Candidates from across Australia and New Zealand.
GCCM PhD student, Jemma Purandare, visited New York for the United Nations Second World Ocean Assessment.

GCCM PhD student Ana Paula da Silva received the "Women in Geoscience and Engineering" award for best paper at the Coasts & Ports 2019 conference in Hobart.
Urban and Environmental Planning Practicum

Fourth year planning students presented on their work experience at the two Planning Practicum Forums at our Nathan and Gold Coast campuses to representatives from industry and government. Thanks to all our placement providers for their commitment to the education of future planners:

Brisbane City Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Planning, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Gempac Pty Ltd, Gold Cast Waterways Authority, Helidon Resources, Logan City Council, Newton Denny Chapelle, Planit Consulting, Qld Airports Ltd, Reel Planning Pty Ltd, Sam O'Connor MP, Tactica Planning, Taylor Willis Town Planners, Tweed Shire Council

2020 Planning Practicum has now started and if you are able to take on a trainee planner, please get in touch with Program Director Aysin Dedekorkut Howes or Practicum Convenor Dr Heather Shearer.
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CRI HDR News - Associate Professor Cara Beal

In July, the Institute held our annual workshop for PhD researchers which was very well attended by over 30 students and staff. Presentations and guest speakers included Jack Bryce (City of Gold Coast), Griffith experts on industry collaborations (Dr Liz O’Brien), pathways from a PhD (Professor Rodney Stewart), and writing up (Dr Ed Morgan). Associate Professor Matt Burke discussed some of the milestones and challenges with a freshly-anointed postdoctoral researcher Dr Sima Vaez Eslami and Dr Abraham Leung announced our new HDR funding package for the coming year. Excellent 3MT (three minute thesis) talks were given by Greg Kitson, (now Dr) Joanne Dolley and a very brave last minute presentation from Ian McNicol.

Associate Professor Cara Beal.
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