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City Futures Research Centre spans the interrelated areas of urban planning, housing, health and well-being, urban development and urban policy. All are underpinned by high-level GIS-enabled urban big-data analytics and modelling.

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Competitive advantage

  • Australia’s leading urban and housing research capability
  • Assessed by the Australian Research Council in 2018 as “well above world standard” for urban planning and related research


  • Seeking to increase public, government and industry awareness and provide high level strategic advice on the intended and unintended outcomes of city policy, programs and development.

Successful applications

  • Internationally recognised research on housing, land-use planning and urban equity issues
  • A world-class urban big-data analytics, visualisation and modelling capacity
  • A track record of research on policy barriers to energy use in the residential sector and energy efficiency for lower income households

Capabilities and facilities

  • High-level policy review and analysis
  • Qualitative evidence on impacts of energy poverty on disadvantaged households
  • Analysis of energy consumption in the residential sector
  • A world class City Analytics Lab and expertise in GIS-enabled urban analytics, modelling and visualisation

Our partners

Established research partnerships with:

  • CRC for Low Carbon Living
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network