Cities Research Institute

What it takes to make the Gold Coast ‘greater’

As the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games draw to a close, marking a turning point for the Gold Coast, Griffith University’s leading cities expert says Australia’s emerging global city will ‘grow greater’ by staying true to its uniqueness, even as its persona constantly evolves. Cities Research Institute Director Professor Paul Burton predicted the Gold Coast […]
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Cities Research Institute

Leading local technology saving water from Torres Strait to the Gold Coast

Water has long been acknowledged as Australia’s most precious resource, but it doesn’t stop us from wasting it. While poor infrastructure or a poor understanding of personal use can be major factors in excess water use Griffith research has revealed that water use in remote communities can dwarf urban use. Providing water to remote and […]
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Architecture

Urban experts band together to launch new podcast

When trying to make sense of all around us and how we interact with our urban environment, six heads are better than one. Joining forces to launch a new podcast platform The Urban Broadcast Collective (UBC)  the gathering of the sharpest urban studies minds will look at a range of topics from city shaping to […]
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Cities Research Institute

Why Gold Coast is the ideal host city

Griffith experts to explore at public forum.
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Alumni

School of Environment celebrates 40 years of graduating students

Martin Taylor is doing his first mammal survey. He’s an excited student in Griffith University’s brand new School of Australian Environmental Studies. As part of the environmental studies foundation program – the first in the country for a university – nothing was off limits. Dr Taylor set his traps in the forest. He had no […]
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Cities Research Institute

Institute tackles population growth and challenges to develop smart cities

As our cities and urban populations continue to grow, Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute is bringing considerable expertise to a challenging issue. Previously the Urban Research Program, the Cities Research Institute launched in May 2017 and is capitalising on knowledge and experience from several disciplines. With around 70 academic members, 35-plus adjunct members and more […]
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Cities Research Institute

Planning experts take home major award

They are some of the biggest campaign issues during the State Election and Griffith University’s experts have been recognised for them at the recent Planning Institute Australia (PIA) Awards – Queensland. Urban issues are what everyday Queenslanders are concerned about so it’s no surprise Associate Professor Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews’s radio show Urban […]
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Cities Research Institute

Local farmers creating value from waste

A sugar cane farming family on the Gold Coast has found a way to do well by doing less. As the farming community shrinks along the South East Queensland corridor, the Keith family, who are based at Woongoolba and own Rocky Point, were constantly wondering ‘what next’ to keep their land and turn a profit. […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Environmental pollution researchers hit the Gold Coast

The chemicals you use in your daily life, which end up running off your garden or flowing down the sink, can have serious consequences for the wildlife that live in our rivers, lakes and oceans. Those are just some of the issues that hundreds of scientists will be discussing when they gather for an environmental […]
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Australian Rivers Institute

Eureka! Griffith University team prize for Great Barrier Reef research

A Griffith University research team have taken out a prestigious 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for their work trying to save the Great Barrier Reef.
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Cities Research Institute

Big Data and Griffith analyses improve passenger picture

Over the last 40 years, global air travel has increased almost eight-fold and is set to rise further. This rapid growth is putting infrastructure strain on capital cities, but also putting pressure on airports to validate their future investment in terms of regional return on investment, not just increased capacity. Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) recently […]
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Atmospheric Environment Research Centre

Australia’s carbon-rich mangroves need protection

The thin green strip of mangrove wetlands around the tropical coastlines of Australia and the world are the most carbon-rich forests on earth but they are at risk. Professor Rod Connolly, a marine scientist from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute, is the co-author of new research that shows the vast reserves of carbon being sequestered […]
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Cities Research Institute

Beyond the city: misconceptions around Cross River Rail

Key benefits lie in places like Birkdale, Booval and Bald Hills, according to Associate Professor Matthew Burke.
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Cities Research Institute

Research finds Gold Coast light rail property value ‘sweet spot’

Property values around light rail stations on the Gold Coast have risen 30 per cent more and spiked the most during the early planning phases, new research has found. Researchers from Griffith University, the University of Sydney Business School and the University of Queensland are uncovering new insights into how property values rise when new […]
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Cities Research Institute

City experts tackle world’s challenges

As cities and urban populations continue to grow and present vigorous new challenges, Griffith University is answering the call by establishing Australia’s largest research facility to tackle the issue. The leading Cities Research Institute, which began as the Urban Research Program in 2004, has drawn in expertise from several disciplines and grown to have 70 […]
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Cities Research Institute

What did TC Debbie do?

The tragic loss of human life and subsequent emotional torment still being experienced by Queensland and New South Wales communities characterises the catastrophe that was Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Director of Griffith University’s soon-to-be launched Cities Research Institute, Professor Paul Burton, will lead a panel discussion delving into the aftermath of the disaster. Over the past […]
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Cities Research Institute

Researcher peddles for cancer cause

Cycling 1600kms from Townsville to Brisbane is all in the name of charity for Professor Scott Baum from Griffith University’s School of Environment and the Cities Research Institute as he gears up for the Smiling for Smiddy Challenge Ride. Professor Baum will be joined by 50 other like-minded men and women on the route from […]
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Cities Research Institute

Get your green thumb out with groNATIVE

Gardening in southeast Queensland has never been easier with the swipe of a finger – or green thumb. The groNATIVE app – developed at Griffith University in partnership with Natura Pacific and funding from the State Government – includes profiles of more than 400 plants native to southeast Queensland. The app intuitively helps you find […]
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