Understanding the complex relationships between cities and the agricultural and natural environments on which they depend.
Coordinator: Associate Professor Ruth Beilin
Complex relationships exist between cities and the agricultural and natural environments on which they rely.
The Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions specialisation examines such relationships and how they impact on urban, suburban, rural and regional dwellers in the 21st century at different scales and applies sustainability concepts across various settings including the urban, rural and regional landscapes.
Professionals working in land management, extension, and planning agencies working and/or researching domestically or internationally, or students whose background equips them to move into advanced study of these issues.
Example Career outcomes
- Environmental regulator
- Environmental Consultant
- Government officer (local/national)
- Policy officer
- Environmental Policy developer
Example Study plan (200 point pathway)
Sustainability Governance and Leadership
Green Roofs and Walls
Managing Global City regions
Green Infrastructure for Liveable Cities
Planning Urban Sustainability
Land Use and Urban Design
The Politics of Food
Climate Change Agricultural Impacts
Food Production in Urban Landscapes
Interdisciplinarity and the Environment
"The sustainable cities, sustainable regions specialisation allowed me to sample a variety of different classes, which led me towards my career path. I planned my subjects to “skill up” in certain classes that I was less knowledgeable in, such as urban design, policy and planning, which gave me a greater understanding of urbanity and how it functions. This allowed me to develop a different scale of perspective, in regards to identifying how cities function. I then realized that if I was to become an “urbanist”, I would have to understand how our cities would be better prepared for future climate change impacts, which led me to take various green infrastructure subjects. This selection of different classes inadvertently built a passion for my current specialization, green roofs. I then undertook a research project dedicated to building green roof policy, an internship that allowed me to develop a green roof project with state and local government, which all culminated into a career in the green roof and wall industry."