Social Impact Investment & Cities

The financial industry has an image problem; capitalism functions by creating both wealth and poverty. But for financiers, the problem of poverty might just be reimagined as an investment opportunity. "I'm looking at how - the way that finance works in cities is to create a lot of inequalities [and this] is starting to be... Continue Reading →

‘Country’ and Cities Series

We’ve handed the City Road audio field kit over to Genevieve Murray and Joel Sherwood Spring from the Future Method Studio and asked them to hit the road to talk to professional urban designers, architects and urban researchers who are working with Indigenous knowledge systems in their research or practice. Episode 1: Libby Porter and... Continue Reading →

Food and Cities

"... the terrain of struggle for justice is happening in the city and in the countryside, and it's beginning to link." Eric Holt-Giménez In response to the social inequities and ecological damage wrought by the industrial and globalising food system, a growing food movement that champions food and farm justice, sovereignty and democracy is driving... Continue Reading →

Gender and Cities

A gender sensitivity urban design process considers the political, cultural and economic factors that produce gender-based exclusion and discrimination in our cities. We're talking with Associate Professor Nicole Kalms from the Department of Design at Monash University. Nicole is the founding Director of the XYX Lab, a research group looking at the intersection of Space,... Continue Reading →

Families and Cities

We're travelling up the east coast of Australia with two early career researchers to talk about families and cities. Our first stop is Wollongong, about 70 kilometres south of Sydney with Dr Susannah Clement. Our second stop is Brisbane, about 900 kilometres north of Sydney with Dr Kate Raynor. Susannah’s been tagging on with mothers... Continue Reading →

Money and Cities

You've probably heard about residential mortgage-backed securities and the global financial crisis. But did you know corporate mortgage-backed securities were reshaping American cities at the same time? During the Great Recession, the housing bubble took much of the blame for bringing the American economy to its knees, but commercial real estate also experienced its own boom-and-bust.... Continue Reading →

Podcasting the Urban: Five-Part Series

What's at stake in podcasting the urban? There might be more to this question than you think. Podcasting the Urban is a five-part series where we turn the academic gaze back onto our podcasting practice. The Series In 2018 City Road organised four public panel discussions to critically interrogate the idea of academics podcasting the... Continue Reading →

Schools and Cities

Education is one of the key civil rights struggles of our era, and urban schools need to do more to bridge the 'civic empowerment gaps' between students. How and what we teach children will determine how they engage in civic life for the rest of their life. It's time to rethink the role of civic... Continue Reading →

Art and Cities

In the early 1990s, when China’s artists were less able to participate in open debate about the shape of Chinese society, they turned to the production of urban space instead. "If you want to see the political impact of Chinese artists, we can look to the city in order to see that."  Dr Christen Cornell After... Continue Reading →

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