About the CAUL Hub

The CAUL Hub is a consortium funded under the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program. The mission of the CAUL Hub is to take a comprehensive view of the sustainability and liveability of urban environments.

Clean air and urban landscapes are keys to Australia’s economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and population health. Yet cities are the most complex interactive systems humans have yet constructed. Any intervention—planting more trees or investing in new transport options—has a range of consequences from the chemical to the political.

In order to understand how to increase and integrate green infrastructure and reduce the environmental impact of buildings and transport, the CAUL Hub has assembled an interdisciplinary team with research, knowledge-translation and data sharing skills. These capabilities will connect scientists, policy makers, industry and citizens.

Research expertise at the CAUL Hub covers air quality, urban ecology, urban planning, urban design, public health and green infrastructure, located at the consortium’s four partner organisations (the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Australia). The CAUL Hub is led by one of Australia’s leading urban ecologists Associate Professor Kirsten Parris. Deputy Hub Lead is Associate Professor Joe Hurley, an expert in the role of urban governance and policy to produce sustainable outcomes.

The goal of the National Environmental Science Program is on practical and applied research that will yield measurable improvements. All research produced by the CAUL Hub will be focused on specific on-ground actions to enhance the urban environment. Strategies for ensuring the practical application of CAUL Hub research include extensive consultation with stakeholders, development of background synthesis reports that incorporate end-user perspectives, and ongoing advice from Project Advisory Groups consisting of external representatives.

A brochure about the CAUL Hub can be found here. The public version of the current CAUL Hub Research Plan can be downloaded here. This plan outlines only the changes in CAUL Hub's research projects, so to see more detailed project descriptions see the older research plan here.

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