Making Melbourne resilient

October 15 / 169

The University of Melbourne and City of Melbourne are joining together to strengthen Melbourne’s resilience in the face of sustainability challenges including global warming.

The City of Melbourne Chair in Resilient Cities, announced this week, has been established to provide a key point of leadership to align the resilience activities of both the City and the University.

Located within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and working closely with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, (MSSI) the Chair will work to enhance and support the many initiatives supporting resilience in the City, the University, their partners and communities. 

The Chair will lead this alignment of resilience across the full scope of the University’s faculties and interests.

Professor Brendan Gleeson, Director of MSSI said the Chair would look at urban resilience and seek new partnerships, including enhancing student opportunities, to build world class teaching and research programs.

“MSSI is strongly committed to building a collaborative and supportive network to achieve our high expectations.  The new role will build capacity to develop and support open communication based upon trust and respect,” Professor Gleeson said.

Such a key role will aim to influence and stimulate public debate and policy through engaging with both local and international communities. 

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis said the Chair would become another key element in promoting sustainability across the University and beyond.

“The aspiration for a clean and green environment, and resilient society, informs the values of the University, and is in turn reflected in our work,” Professor Davis said.

“This Chair builds on that aspiration. We’re excited about the opportunities this collaboration with the City of Melbourne will bring in promoting our shared goals for sustainability, and further enhancing Melbourne’s role as a national leader in knowledge based urban resilience.”

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that the initiative was a first for the City and the University, and one “we feel will add great firepower to the study of not just what makes us such a liveable city but also such a resilient city and, more importantly, how that can be sustained in the future.”

Story by Annie Rahilly.

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