Sustainable cities, Sustainable regions

Understanding the complex relationships between cities and the agricultural and natural environments on which they depend.

Coordinator: Professor Ruth Beilin

Overview

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.

  • Designed for

    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
    • NGO
    • Government officer (local/national)
    • Policy officer
    • Environmental Policy developer

View full list of Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions subjects in the Handbook

Example Study plan (200 point pathway)

Year 1

Semester 1

Sustainability Governance and Leadership

Green Roofs and Walls

Managing Global City regions

Sustainable Landscapes  

Semester 2

Green Infrastructure for Liveable Cities

Planning Urban Sustainability

Land Use and Urban Design

Ecological Restoration

Year 2

Semester 1

The Politics of Food

Climate Change Agricultural Impacts

Analytical Methods

Food Production in Urban Landscapes

Semester 2

Interdisciplinarity and the Environment

Research project

Internship

Joe Glesta
Joseph Glesta,
Green Wall Company

"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."