Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF), led by Professor Barbara Norman, will receive $500,000 over two years, to conduct research and engagement on a broad range of planning and sustainability issues, which will inform ACT Government policy and the wider regional community. Funding announced in the 2013-14 ACT Budget places a focus on key policy issues to guide actions to create a sustainable future for Canberra. The key policy issues include sustainable transport, housing affordability, as well as urban and regional collaboration in responding to climate change.
The funding that CURF will receive is part of a broader programme by the ACT Government, which aims to develop key policy frameworks to guide Canberra’s transition to a carbon neutral city. CURF will play a key role in this process and will act as vehicle to facilitate collaboration among governments, research, business and community organisations across Canberra and the surrounding region.
CURF had its origins in the realisation that urbanisation, population pressures, the impacts of climate change, as well as an awareness of the environmental and social impacts of urban growth, were driving an increasing interest in research for evidence based decision making on cities. The overall objective of CURF research is to find new pathways for more sustainable cities and regions.
Read more about CURF research, projects and events on their website.