This project will explore and articulate visions, scenarios and pathways for a low carbon and resilient built environment in Australia. The project combines research with a range of creative engagement strategies to develop visions and scenarios for Australian cities in 2040. Research focuses on the challenges and opportunities of moving to a ‘low carbon’ future and maintaining resilience in the face of a changing climate. Through its engagement program, the project will gather stakeholder views of the dynamics of change and the possible future morphology of cities – their built infrastructure, systems of provision and lifestyles.
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RP3008: Visions and Pathways 2040
Publications related to this project
Societal and technological transformation in the face of climate change will be won or lost in our cities and urban communities.
Visions allow us to ‘dream’ about future possibilities for resilient, low-carbon cities. Pathways allow us to explore how we might get there—both things that might happen to us (that we respond to) and actions we could take. This report looks at these prospects.
Thie is a report on the expert consultation held on the digital economy's potential for disruptive contributions to urban decarbonisation and resilience, as part of Visions and Pathways 2040.
Results from the second year of Visions and Pathways 2040: Scenarios of Low Carbon Living.
The study identified a range of strategies authored by governments, including those of the EU, UK, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, California and Germany, designed to achieve 2050 emissions reduction targets of between 80 and 100%.
The expert consultation on future finance and business was undertaken during June-July 2015 and this document notes its outcomes.
"A low-pollution vision for a high-growth Melbourne", The Age, 19 March 2017
Less pollution, more social connection, increased housing density without sacrificing amenity, extensive public transport – all qualities many of us want in our home town. In recent days we have seen innovative...
"Green and clean or dirty and polluted: What Melbourne could look like in 2040", Clay Lucas, The Age, March 2017
More than half the world's population now lives in a city, and carbon emissions from them are estimated to be as high as 87 per cent. But if we did things differently, what...
Read the the Visions & Pathways 2040's second year project report on the potential contributions of the digital economy to low-carbon futures for Australian cities
Read the the Visions & Pathways 2040 project report on the potential contributions of the digital economy to low-carbon futures for Australian cities
Biggs, C (2016) A resource-based view of opportunities to transform Australia's electricity sector, Journal of Cleaner Production, 1-15
Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2015 - David Bennett
Shaping suburbia: the form and future of low rise suburbs
Student poster - Participants Annual Forum 2015 - Jennifer Witheridge
Contested space: Future challenges and pathways for open space in Australian suburbs
The Visions and Pathways 2040 Expert Consultation for Future Business and Finance was part of a series of research and workshop activities aimed at identifing key disruptive forces relevant for...
2015, Gaziulusoy, A.I., Ryan, C., McGrail, S., Chandler, P., and Twomey, P.: 'Identifying and Addressing Challenges Faced by Transdisciplinary...
This report reviews new and emerging approaches used to develop new business models, which might assist in realising and diffusing the technological, social and organisational innovations necessary for sustainability and low-carbon transitions. It also explores some of the limitations of...
2015 McGrail, S., Gaziulusoy, A.I. and Twomey, P.: 'Framing Processes in the Envisioning of Low-Carbon, Resilient Cities: Results from Two Visioning Exercises' in Sustainability, Vol. 7, No. 7, ISSN 2071-1050 (Published: 3 July 2015), pp. 8649-8683.
Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014
Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2014, Jennifer Witheridge - Size A2
Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2014, David Bennett - Size A2
Student Poster - Participants Annual Forum 2014, Che Biggs - Size A2
Disruptive social innovation for a low-carbon world
Author: Dr Samuel Alexander
A review of roadmaps for transitioning to a zero carbon built environment in Australia
Author: Stephen McGrail
Using futures inquiry to create low-carbon, resilient urban features: A review of practice, theory and process options for the Visions and Pathways project
Authors: Stephen McGrail, A. Idil Gaziulusoy
Pathways to a Zero-Carbon Economy: learning from large scale de-carbonised strategies
Author: John Wiseman
Concepts and frameworks for understanding and enabling transitions to a low carbon built environment.
Authors: Paul Twomey & A. Idil Gaziulusoy