Climate change and urban transitions
This research explores questions around the politics and everyday practices of urban renewal and regeneration in the context of climate change. It explores how urban renewal and its governance might be re-thought to include household practices of renovation and retrofitting, and investigates the capacities of various kinds of urban households to adapt to urban climate change.
Urban Carbon Governance (ARCDP110100081)
Pauline McGuirk, Robyn Dowling (Macquarie University), Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University, UK)
Effective responses to climate change hinge on the capacity to govern carbon, especially in our growing cities. Australia's urban carbon governance framework has proved ineffective and, until now, we have had minimal systematic knowledge of it to inform improvement. This project documents urban carbon governance across the capital cities. It has produced foundational new knowledge of the 'who', 'how' and 'where' of urban carbon governance and of the innovations emanating from Australian cities. The project provides empirical and theoretical knowledge to advance the capacity to govern carbon, enhance Australia's environmental sustainability and, through international engagement, build Australian research capacity.
McGuirk, P.M., Bulkeley, H., and Dowling, R. (forthcoming) Configuring carbon governance in the city: insights from Sydney, Australia. Annals of the Association of American Geographers (Accepted June 16, 2015)
Dowling, R., McGuirk, P.M. and Bulkeley, H. (in press) Demonstrating retrofitting: perspectives from Australian local government, in M. Hodson and S. Marvin (eds) Retrofitting Cities: Priorities, Governance and Experimentation, Taylor & Francis: London
Dowling, R., McGuirk, P.M. and Bulkeley, H. (2013) Governing carbon in the Australian city: local government responses, Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney
McGuirk, P.M., Dowling, R., Bulkeley, H. (2015) Configuring urban carbon governance: insights from Sydney. Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Canberra, July 1-3
Dowling, R., McGuirk, P.M., Bulkeley, H. (2015) Configuring pathways to decarbonisation in Sydney, Australia. Association of American Geographers Conference, Chicago, April 6-10
Dowling, R., McGuirk, P.M., Bulkeley, H., (2014) Low carbon businesses, low carbon workers? Practices of governing workplace subjectivities in urban Australia. Devices and Desire: The Cultural Politics of a Low Carbon Society Workshop, Sweden, 21-23 May (invited)
McGuirk, P.M. (2014) Urban low carbon transition pathways Sydney/Newcastle, Australia. International Network for Low Carbon Urban Transitions, Hong Kong, 26-29 March (invited)
Bulkeley, H., McGuirk, P.M., and Dowling, R., (2013) Governing carbon in Australia's cities: the politics and practice of transition? Urban Energy Governance: North and South, International Roundtable Seminar, Paris, 16-18 September (invited)
Dowling, R., McGuirk, P.M. and Bulkeley, H., (2013) Governing carbon in the Australian city: local government responses. State of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, 26-29 November
McGuirk, P.M., Bulkeley, H. and Dowling, R., (2013) Governing carbon in the Australian city: ecologies of initiatives and modes of governance. Responding to climate change: and Urban Challenge Workshop, Sydney, 26 July
McGuirk, P.M., Bulkeley, H. and Dowling, R., (2013) Governing carbon in the Australian city: hegemonic projects in the making? Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Perth, 1–4 July
McGuirk, P.M. (2013) What is the state of Australian cities: retrospect and prospect. Plenary panel of theState of Australian Cities Conference, Sydney, 26-29 Nov (invited)
Urban housing, climate change and adaptive capacity (NCCARF-funded)
Lesley Instone, Kathy Mee
This research explores the adaptive capacity of tenants and housing managers/landlords in the rental sector. Research to date has largely neglected the 27% of households in rental accommodation and the housing managers and landlords who manage this housing stock. The project will collect stories of adaptation from renters and housing managers/landlords and bring these groups together to develop more effective ways of facilitating adaption to climate change in the rental sector.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.