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.

The rate and pace of urbanisation is changing the shape and composition of our cities - putting major pressures on our human health and well-being, water and energy resources and the environment.

Advances in technology provide us with a glimpse into a possible future of positive, balanced urban growth. In this future, we have the opportunity to create better places to live, work and play.

To seize these opportunities, while managing the challenges of urban growth, we must make decisions that will ensure our cities remain resilient and liveable spaces for our future communities, particularly under a changing climate.

Centre Overview

Unlike traditional research Centres, Smart Green Cities is focused on engaging with government, industry and community to build smart solutions for end-users. Our key objects are:

Objective 1

Innovative Research

To develop transformative and agile research to meet the dynamic needs of our external partners and beyond.

Objective 2

Research Partnerships

To facilitate collaborative partnerships to deliver solutions for social, environmental and economic impact.

Objective 3

Capacity Building

To provide opportunities to develop networks, knowledge and skills to maximize impact and increase commercialisation opportunities.

Integrated Operating Model

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. Operating as a collaborative hub, our partners can engage across our networks through research and development, consulting, education, training and advocacy.

How can partners engage with Smart Green Cities?

Short Term Research Projects
< 6 Months
Fixed Term Research Projects
Up to 5 Years
Long Term Research Projects
Horizon ScanningProblem SolvingFuture Building

White papers

Consulting and reporting

Skills training

Executive Education

Customer discovery

Living Laboratories

Demonstration sites

Research and Development

Best practice development




Our key areas

The global trend of people moving to cities and surrounding urban areas to live and work continues. This increase in urbanisation has forced Australia, and many other countries, to rethink how we can turn our cities into sustainable and liveable spaces that will accommodate a greater population by integrating nature into the urban environment.

Established in 2017, the Centre for Smart Green Cities was founded on the high research of its members focusing on the following research streams:

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 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 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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