Connection on the Move

Connection on the Move

Connection on the Move

Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration

Creating liveable cities through metro networks and services


Increasing mobility of populations is generating challenges in understanding people’s connection with place when consistently on the move. Our research aims to understand the relationship between people’s connection with place, placemaking[1]and their sense of belonging, as they move across city metro networks. The study will explore the varied forms of connection with place and the related benefits, to improve decision making processes in the design of productive, sustainable and liveable cities.

Operating as the arteries of city planning, metro transportation acts as a critical catalyst in helping to form and shape multi-region cities; connecting people to jobs, services and local infrastructure. As the metro networks improve accessibility, so too does a city’s productivity, sustainability and liveability.

The Connection on the Move research collaboration is exploring opportunities to re-think the metro journey experience - by uniting people and place through sustainable solutions to metro mobility, as a fundamental roadmap to resilient cities. This collaboration is seeking to help create a metro that will:

  • Be recognised as the preferred mode of transportation that is streamlined and sustainable
  • Provide an enjoyable travel experience having positive impacts on commuter’s health and wellbeing
  • Develop precincts that become revered destinations points for businesses and residents
  • Reduce the city’s ecological footprint working towards supporting a lower (zero) carbon economy

[1] Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalises on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and wellbeing.

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