Inaugural CURF Annual Forum: Connecting Leading Research and Practice for a sustainable Australian Capital Region

Tayanah O'DONNELL, Brian WEIR

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Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF), based at the University of Canberra, had its origins in the realisation that urbanisation, population pressures, the impacts of climate change and an awareness of the environmental and social impacts of urban growth were driving an increasing interest in research for evidence based decision making for cities and regions. Our overall objective in
CURF is to find new pathways and implementation strategies for sustainable futures for cities and regions. In particular, CURF provides an international collaborative platform for the creation and dissemination of research and knowledge across four key research themes: settlements and infrastructure, climate change and sustainability, green growth, and health and wellbeing.
In 2014, CURF set out to create an annual event to bring knowledge brokers, stakeholders and other interested parties together
to discuss current knowledge gaps, to identify solutions, and to showcase research (underway or completed) related to CURF’s four research themes.
On 21 November 2014 CURF hosted the Inaugural CURF Annual Forum. Over 100 leaders and practitioners from research, industry, and government in climate change adaptation, renewable energy, integrated transport and health and wellbeing in NSW and the ACT attended. This publication is a synthesis of the outcomes of the Forum. I thank all those attending and contributing to the
Forum, in particular those who chaired and presented at the Forum sessions. I also thank my colleagues at CURF for their work on the organisation and very successful running of the Forum.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCanberra Urban and Regional Futures
Number of pages40
Place of PublicationUniversity of Canberra, ACT, Australia
ISBN (Print)9781740884143
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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