Thursday, 28 October 2021 12:03

WSROC presents at regional thought leadership forums

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WSROC’s work in heat mitigation and adaptation, and as representatives of councils and Western Sydney, is sought after in key forums, with Project Coordinator Judith Bruinsma and Projects and Policy Office Kelly Gee appearing at three events this month.

Western Sydney University’s Wicked Urban Challenges brought together researchers, government and industry as guest speakers and panellists, to consider new ways to solve four key challenges facing Western Sydney. WSROC’s Judith Bruinsma attended as representative of councils and of Western Sydney. Hosted by the Urban Living Futures Theme, as part of Research Week 2021, the event challenged conventional policy thinking and focused on how multi-disciplinary researchers are engaging across Western Sydney councils, demonstrating collaborative partnerships with government and industry, towards better outcomes for communities.

Topics included Job/housing imbalances and inadequate infrastructure investment, Declining housing affordability, Cultural infrastructure disparities and Extreme urban heat. Guest speakers and panellists at the event included Professor Nicky Morrison, Alex O’Mara, Deputy Secretary, Place, Design and Public Spaces, DPIE, Professor Phillip O’Neill, Dr Emma Power, Dr Cecilia Cmielewski, Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch, Elizabeth Dibbs, Western City District Commissioner, Greater Sydney and Steve Mann, NSW CEO, Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Also this month, WSROC’s Cool Suburbs Tool was introduced at a forum hosted by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. Judith Bruinsma and co-presenter Mark Siebentritt from Edge Environment discussed the Tool’s development and multi-scale capability, including how it will help developers, planners and home owners make better decisions about how to create cool cities.

Initially developed for Western Sydney, the structure of the Tool can easily be adapted for other cities in Australia and around the world.

WSROC’s Heat Smart work was presented at the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2021. The conference is the nation's premier event focused on contemporary disaster resilience practice and research. WSROC Project Officer Kelly Gee and Risk Frontiers’ Andrew Gissing presented, read more here.

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