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Cities Research Institute Newsletter
 Issue 2 - August 2018

A Message from the Director

Dear Colleagues


I recently spent a month in four European countries, presenting at conferences on planning and urban policy and meeting with a number of prospective academic and industry partners.  Apart from the hot summer still affecting the continent, I was reminded of how easy it is to get around most European cities on foot and by public transport.  Having relatively low cost and integrated ticketing that makes it easy to switch from tram to bus to ferry made it so much more enjoyable than being as car dependent as I am in Australia.

The summer evenings where it stays light until around 10:00 were also nice and meant that I was able to watch some World Cup games in outdoor venues, although I drowned my sorrows as England went out to Croatia in a Mexican bar in Gothenburg!

It’s great to be able to report on some of our achievements below.  They show both the breadth of our expertise and the high quality and international recognition given to our research.  Remember that if you read something about an area of work that you’re not especially familiar with, but think there is scope for collaboration, then get in touch with the lead researchers and explore the potential for new partnerships.

Finally, you’ll see on our web site a short commemoration of the life and work of Patrick Troy, who died recently.  Pat helped establish the Urban Research Program at Griffith and as an Adjunct Professor offered continued support.  He began his career as an engineer, before making a substantial contribution as an urban policy maker in the Whitlam government and as an urban studies scholar.  In this respect, Pat epitomised the cross- and multi-disciplinary approach that remains the hallmark of our work in the Institute.  He will be missed.

Paul Burton

Director, Cities Research Institute


Food trash makes garden treasure 
CRI researchers, Associate Professor Cheryl Desha and Savindi Caldera 
helped local company Rocky Point Mulching make the most of the food waste from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) by turning it into a rich organic compost. Rocky Point Mulching are exploring how to extend this process to make a more substantial contribution to dealing with the city’s food waste.    find-out-more-inline-2017

$1.2M DFAT Funding Success 
Dr Cara Beal, Cities Research Institute Senior Research Fellow, is the Principal Investigator of a $1.2M collaborative project awarded by DFAT through their Water for Women Fund.

Dr Beal explained "The Water for Women Fund is an initiative of the Australian Govt through DFAT which aims to improve the health, gender equality and well-being of Asian and Pacific communities through inclusive, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs.

The team comprises:
  • International WaterCentre (IWC) - Dr Regina Souter as Research Manager, Dr Mark Love and Ms Diana Gonzalez-Botero, co-investigators
  • Griffith University and CRI team members - Dr Cara Beal (Principal Investigator) and Associate Professor Anne Roiko (Co-investigator)
  • University of South Pacific - Dr Sarah Pene, local university co-investigator
  • Solomon Islands National University - Drs Hugo Bugoro and Nixon Panda, local university co-investigators)
  • Civil Society Organisation partners - Plan International/ Live & Learn and Habitat for Humanity.


“Why passengers’ geo-demographic characteristics matter to airport marketing” 
CRI researchers Dr Abraham Leung (Cities Research Institute), Dr Barbara Yen (Cities Research Institute and EBE) and Associate Professor Gui Lohmann (Head of Aviation),  have recently been awarded the prestigious “Martin Oppermann Memorial Award” as the Best Article of the Year 2017 in the Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing.

The "JTTM Best Article of the Year" has been conferred for nearly two decades as a tribute to the late Dr Martin Oppermann to promote excellence in tourism research. The award-winning article is selected by the Editorial Board based on four-criteria - (1) originality of concepts, methods, and/or contribution; (2) sophistication of conceptual development and/or methodology; (3) clarity of writing and (4) overall contribution to the field of travel and tourism marketing. Read article here

Integrated intelligent water-energy metering systems and informatics: Visioning a digital multi-utility service provider
Professor Rodney Stewart is the lead researcher on a national and international team, including a number of other CRI members, who recently published a paper 'Integrated intelligent water-energy metering systems and informatics: Visioning a digital multi-utility service provider' in Environmental Modelling & Software, vol 105.  
Read article here

Coastal Community Engagement Program
The coastal community engagement program was extremely active during the  GC2018 Commonwealth Games, offering activities for the community during the Festival 2018 and Bleach program festivities. All sessions were fully booked and hugely popular. The team also has a number of divisional councillors and State members who are involved in the dune regeneration programs and citizen science programs. It's a great example of how we forge productive partnerships and build trust with our stakeholders and supporters. 

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Planning for Climigration: A Framework for Effective Action - by Tony Matthews & Ruth Potts
Matthews, T. and Potts, R. (2018) ‘Planning for Climigration: A Framework for Effective Action.’ Climatic ChangeVolume 148, Issue 4, pp 607–621 doi: 2015 (IF: 3.496; SJR Q1)
This paper explores the novel phenomenon of ‘climigration’ and its implications for planning systems. Climigration refers to community relocations undertaken in response to climate change impacts. The paper develops a land-use planning framework for organising and responding to the governance, policy, institutional and cultural implications of climigration. Tony is a member of the CRI and Ruth is a graduate of Griffith’s Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning program who now works at one of the UK’s leading planning schools at Cardiff University.

Dr Matthews was also an invited keynote speaker at a seminar on Greenspace and Birth Outcomes, hosted by Professor Peter SLY AO, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Children's Health and Environment at the University Of Queensland.

Invitation to Speak                 
Dr Natalie Osborne was one of two 'Leading Insights' scholars invited by the Urban Geographies study group of the Institute of Australian Geographers to present at the joint New Zealand Geographical Society/Institute of Australian Geographers Conference which took place recently in Auckland, NZ. Natalie, alongside Linda Kennedy (Future Black Design Studio) presented papers that respond to the prompt: 
the city and Indigeneity, and feminist perspectives for and on shared urban futures. Natalie's paper, titled "For Still Possible Cities: A Politics of Failure for the Politically Depressed", draws on her ongoing participatory action research work with various grassroots groups interested in radical spatial politics in Meanjin/Brisbane.

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Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Conference 2018
In early June, six Griffith University coastal and ocean researchers, five from the CRI and Griffith Centre of Coastal Management (GCCM), attended the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference in Honolulu Hawaii. The conference provided a platform to highlight to a large international audience the excellent coastal and ocean research undertaken at Griffith University. This years AOGS conference was the largest in its history, with over 3600 scientists in attendance.

Promoting Griffith University’s expertise in coastal research, Dr Serena Lee convened two sessions in the Ocean Sciences Section, titled Building Resilience – Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Challenges and Marine Debris – from Modelling to Management to Microplastics. Both sessions were well attended and included presentations from a diversity of institutions including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory CIT, University of Hawaii, East China Normal University, Annamalai University India, Oxford University, the U.S. National Ocean Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) and Griffith University.

PhD Candidate, Gaelle Faivre presented her first-pass of water resources on Tanna Island, Vanuatu. In the first year of her PhD, Gaelle showed some of the results of her field work in Tanna Island and in her talk addressed the challenges of working in remote regions where little or no similar research has been undertaken before.

GCCM Research Manager and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Darrell Strauss’s talk discussed the use of numerical models to guide decision making for beach nourishment projects. In his talk Dr Strauss showcased the exemplary research undertaken on Gold Coast beaches by the GCCM team.

Dr Serena Lee presented her findings linking changes in sea level to shifting tidal dynamics in estuaries in her first talk, while her second talk presented recent experimental results using drones to detect marine debris.

In the session Estuarine and Coastal Oceanography, Dr Tom Murray gave an excellent presentation of his sand bar morphology research. Dr Murray’s lecture highlighted the novel work being undertaken in the coastal zone by Griffith researchers.
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Towards a Typology of Tiny Houses

Dr Heather Shearer and Prof Paul Burton have just had their article 'Towards a Typology of Tiny Houses' published in the journal for Housing Theory and Society.

The emergent tiny house movement is gaining momentum globally, in the United States where it originated, and in countries such as Australia. Little scholarly research exists on the tiny house movement, with most information limited to social and popular media. Moreover, there is limited information on the definition of a tiny house. As an important first step in bringing a more scholarly focus, this article presents a typology of tiny houses; what is a tiny house and what defining characteristics allow a tiny dwelling to be considered a tiny house? This study involved an analysis of social media, face to face interviews with key protagonists and a questionnaire survey, to establish a preliminary classification of tiny houses. We aimed to place the movement in its wider context, and establish a foundation for future research into the movement's potential to trigger positive economic and environmental change towards more sustainable urban environments. Read article


Is life cycle assessment sufficient to investigate the carbon footprint of vegetated stormwater infrastructure?
Much of what engineers and decision makers understand about carbon footprint is limited to the four phases of the life cycle assessment method. This includes the material production, construction, operation and maintenance plus the end-of-life phases. However, with the emergence of green, or vegetated alternatives to conventional infrastructure, these systems are bridging gaps between engineering and ecology to improve sustainability and control the environmental impacts on the downstream environment of urban development.

CRI PhD Candidate Emad Kavehei, Dr Graham Jenkins from the CRI with Dr Fernanda Adame from Australian Rivers Institute along with Prof Charles Lemckert from the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Canberra offer valuable insights into the carbon footprint of vegetated stormwater infrastructure by looking at the problem from a different angle. They have bought Engineering and Ecological science under one cover and demonstrate the carbon sequestration as a significant phase in the life cycle carbon footprint.

Their work has studied a wide range of vegetation based stormwater infrastructure including; green roofs, bioretention basins, vegetated swales, rain gardens, and stormwater ponds. The work shows that rain gardens and bioretention systems have potential to mitigate more than 70% of their total carbon footprint. This work is valuable for researchers, designers and policymakers when they consider the carbon implications of any potential green infrastructure and provides materials to estimate the net carbon footprint for vegetated stormwater basins. The research has recently been published in the journal of “Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews” (50 days free viewing).

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Review on climate change adaptation for the aviation industry 
Liese Coulter has just finished working on a systematic quantitative literature review on climate change adaptation for the aviation industry for Professor Tim Ryley. Liese has moved back to Canada to take up a Postdoc Fellowship in British Columbia after successfully completing her PhD with CRI. Tim and Leise are preparing a paper for publication, based on their review.

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