Living in a climate of change: Shaping cities to adapt to uncertain futures

Cities shape us and we shape our cities. We are living in uncertain times. Can cities hold significant answers to addressing some of the challenges facing us today?

We all have heard about nature-based solutions, low-carbon futures, liveable, socially just, smart and climate resilient cities. What do they mean?

Join RMIT lecturers and researchers to discuss how we can shape the future of our cities to find out how their teaching and research has real life impact – creating urban spaces that protects the environment adapts to climate change and are equitable.

Panel members:

Dr Susie Maloney (Climate change adaptation policy)

Dr Susie Moloney is an Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University. She is also a member of the Centre for Urban Research (CUR), RMIT. Her research focuses on land-use planning, urban sustainability and climate change and the implications for policy and governance arrangements particularly at the local and regional scale. She has worked for both the public and private sectors in the urban planning and sustainability policy domains.

Candace Jordan

Candace is a Climate change adaptation and sustainability officer at City of Melbourne. She has been working as a climate change adaptation practitioner for over eight years across state and local levels of government. Candace has been involved in the development and implementation of City of Melbourne’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Refresh 2017 with a particular focus on mitigating urban heat and monitoring and evaluating the cities adaptation strategy.

Dr Anthony Kent (sustainable transport policy)

Anthony Kent is lecturer and researcher with the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT. He is currently researching the place of second-tier cities in broader settlement patterns with a focus on environmental and economic outcomes and potential.

Georgia Garrad

Georgia Gerrard is a Research Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group at RMIT. She is a quantitative ecologist and has worked on projects related to imperfect detectability and informative Bayesian priors in ecology. She is currently working on a project investigating better planning for biodiversity in the urban fringe; one of four native grassland projects funded by The Myer Foundation.

Prof Usha Iyer-Raniger (Circular economy/ building apartment and housing design standards for a changing climate)

Usha is a Professor at the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University. She is also the Co-Lead of the United Nations One Planet Network’s (OPN) Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC), (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production aligned with SDG12.

Associate Professor Andrew Butt

Andrew is a lecturer with over 20 years practical experience in planning. Andrew’s research includes investigations of the processes and practice of planning in non-metropolitan settings. He is particularly interested in the way in which land use planners operate as professionals in a context where drivers of change often sit outside of the limits of planning action.

Facilitator/ Moderator:

 Dr Mittul Vahanvati

Mittul works at the intersection of environmentally sustainable buildings, disaster recovery and community resilience. She is currently the lead researcher working with rural communities in Victoria to co-produce their climate resilience action plan. She is also part of a team of researchers involved in a large-scale action-research project in the Solomon Islands, ‘Climate Resilient Honiara’, funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and administered by UN-Habitat.


RMIT University City Campus

124 LaTrobe Street
Melbourne, 3000

Time & Date

February 19 @ 5:30 pm - February 19 @ 7:00 pm

Additional Info

The cost of this event is: Free

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