Smart Green Cities

Smart Green Cities

Smart Green Cities

The Centre for Smart Green Cities is a collaborative hub which connects industry, government, researchers and community to create liveable urban environments by inspiring change through evidence-based problem solving.

Cities are dynamic and complex by their very nature. The future liveability, vibrancy and sustainability of our cities is challenged by multiple factors including population growth, natural resource constraints and climate change.

At the same time, established and emerging areas of research are converging. This together with broad technology adoption and sophisticated analysis and prediction tools create exceptional opportunities to achieve huge advances for our cities and our communities.

The Centre for Smart Green Cities was established to address these challenges and capture the best these opportunities offer. By taking an integrated approach and building cross-discipline, collaborative partnerships between academia, government and industry, we aim to find research driven, evidence based solutions to real world problems.

How we operate

Unlike traditional research Centres, Smart Green Cities is focused on engaging with government, industry and community to build smart solutions for end-users. Operating as a collaborative hub, our partners can engage across our networks through research and development, consulting, education, training and advocacy.

Our members seek to find practical solutions to real world problems. We push current practices further to extend beyond evidence-based research by combining discovery with demonstration and implementation.

We achieve this through;

  • Innovative Research: we develop transformative and agile research to meet the dynamic needs of our external partners and beyond.
  • Research Partnerships: we facilitate collaborative partnerships to deliver solutions for social, environmental and economic impact
  • Capacity Building: we provide opportunities to develop networks, knowledge and skills to maximize impact and increase commercialisation opportunities.

Our key research areas

The Centre for Smart Green Cities aims to achieve its vision of creating liveable, future cities by bringing together world class expertise in the following research areas:

Green infrastructure

With growing public and private investment focused on infrastructure and accelerating urban renewal, it is essential that innovative partnerships are utilised to maximise the environmental, social and economic returns of natural assets such as public and private green spaces, and waterways within cities.

By integrating nature based solutions into mainstream urban policy and planning, construction and maintenance, our society will not only realise the co-benefits of green and blue infrastructure, but we will create liveable cities for the future.

Smart technologies

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the logical end to the journey of two technologies:  the internet and wireless communications.  IoT enables every object in our everyday lives to be connected to the internet. It thereby enables the mass collection, exchange and analysis of data.

The clarity and insight offered via IoT enables better decision making and dynamic planning for complex issues, such as transport management, energy optimisation, green space and natural asset maintenance and the user experience of urban spaces.

Sustainable energy solutions

Urban growth and climate change are demanding innovation in the energy sector and the switch from fossil fuels to affordable, accessible, reliable and sustainable energy resources. The integration of renewable energies into urban environments can be constrained by an imbalance between demand and supply.

Solutions such as micro-grids, renewable energy integration, battery energy storage systems, electric vehicles and intelligent control all provide pathways for our future sustainable cities.

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