Research centres and groups

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies has a strong research profile with three nationally recognised research centres located within the School.

The research centres link to the School’s areas of research focus with many of our researchers involved in collaborative projects within these centres:

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Centre for Urban Research

The Centre for Urban Research is directly responding to the globally important need to shape cities that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

We are strongly committed to inter-disciplinary research, with staff expertise in urban planning, geography, economics, environmental sciences, history, and sociology.

Visit the CUR research site to read about CUR's latest research and find out about opportunities to engage with the Centre. 

Social and Global Studies Centre

The Social and Global Studies Centre is home to innovative, rigorous, and forward thinking expert researchers.

Using evidence-based research that is grounded in academic, political, policy and practice debates, our Centre is founded on a belief in social justice and equity.

We house nine multi-disciplinary research programs that include, Conflict, Peacebuilding and Security; Crime, Justice and Society; Gender, Violence and Inequality; Health, Society and Medicine; Humanitarianism, Development and Governance; Language, Discourse and Culture; Migration, Mobility and Social Diversity; Social Policy and Practice and Urban Housing and Homelessness.

Visit the Social and Global Studies Centre research site to read about our latest research and how you can engage with us and the ground-breaking work we do.

The Centre for Urban Research also houses the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) within RMIT.

In addition, the School supports a number of research groups that maintain wider links with local and global communities.

Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group

The Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group seeks to understand biodiversity management within the framework of interaction between society and our environment.

Managing biodiversity demands a multidisciplinary approach that reconciles ecological, social and economic dimensions. As a team of researchers, we examine these diverse drivers of change, particularly in urban and semi-rural environments.

Our aim is to address the gap between conservation theory and real world practice in complex planning environments.

Nautilus at RMIT

The Australian office of the international Nautilus Institute for Security and Stability is located within RMIT's Global Studies. Nautilus at RMIT is led by Peter Hayes.

The mission of the Nautilus Institute is to improve global problem solving by applying and refining the strategic tools of cooperative engagement to fundamental problems undermining global security and sustainability.

Contact us

Professor Peter Hayes
Professor, International Relations (Professorial Fellow), RMIT/Nautilus (LWOP)
Tel: + 61 3 9925 8362

Arabella Imhoff
Research Officer
Tel: + 61 3 9925 8362

Jonathan O'Donnell
Research Officer
Tel: + 61 3 9925 3613

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