Sustainable Australian Cities and Communities

An effective and integrated knowledge cycle is essential to underpinning decisions that will achieve sustainable Australian cities and communities.
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Australian cities and communities are facing a massive period of transformation and opportunity. The trajectory of these cities and communities will have a huge impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. To ensure that this impact is positive, it is essential that relevant knowledge is co-produced and harnessed to inform the decisions impacting on urban transformation.

In March 2018, Future Earth Australia adopted ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’ as a priority focus area. On 25 May 2018, cross-disciplinary researchers from across Australia were brought together by FEA to begin envisioning how knowledge could support Australia’s transformation to sustainable urban systems.

A key outcome of the symposium was the consensus that FEA lead a nationwide process of engaging stakeholders from research, policy, practice and the community. This consultative process will develop a strategic approach to improving the knowledge cycle underpinning the sustainable development of Australia’s cities and communities over the coming decades.

Find out more information about this engagement process

Outcomes Papers

Outcomes papers from our nationwide process will be uploaded here:

Greater Sydney Region

Greater Western Sydney

South East Queensland

ACT Region




Alice Springs


Key Resources

Download Knowledge for Australian cities and communities fact sheet PDF, 889KB

Sustainable urban systems: Co-design and framing for transformation

For more information on our Sustainable Australian Cities and Communities project, please contact the project lead, Dr Tayanah O’Donnell.

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