The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning gratefully acknowledges the support given by our partners.


We work with key stakeholders in urban governance to provide evidence, build capacity and offer advice on the global dynamics shaping the leadership of cities. We offer reliable and innovative sources of applied urban research, producing both policy material, practice-oriented education and scholarly reviews. Connected Cities Lab specialises on the ways networks, international processes and information influence urban governance, and strives to link academic research to practical needs.

The way we govern cities, and in turn the way cities contribute to addressing global challenges, is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability of humanity. Yet cities are now confronted with a rapidly changing landscape of international politics, interconnected infrastructures, and shifting economies. Cities can no longer be thought in isolation from each other and the business of deciding who gets what, when, and how in urban development has become a global affair.

Focusing on these networked challenges for city leadership, the Connected Cities Lab is an experimental hub tackling the complexity underpinning urban governance with a focus on information and connectivity. Located within the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP), and the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), the Lab aims at research that is inherently impact-driven, interdisciplinary and collaborative to address pressing city leadership challenges in and between cities. The Lab is characterised by a focus on urban governance and policy.

Lab research and education programmes engage with the ways decisions about the present and future development of cities are shaped by information flows and more-than-local networks. It is supported by an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners, and well-established links into industry and government. The Lab's research program is geared towards developing a scholarly and international appreciation of urban politics in both academia and practice. The Lab does so by encouraging evidence-based policymaking and focusing on comparative and applied urban research, working with key voices in the built environment to ensure scholarly advancement translates into urban innovation, and vice-versa.

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The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to create an array of platforms to focus attention on the recognition of  excellence in sustainability.


The Banksia Foundation was founded in 1989 by a diverse group of 44 Australians who shared a common goal to do more to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment. Today, Banksia is a strong and expanding brand, based on the integrity of the Banksia Awards and its activities.


Our continued success is based on the partnerships developed with our sponsors, judges, finalists and winners  and the ability to be able to provide our supporters with a practical and valuable marketing platform through recognising leadership and innovation amongst Australia’s leading sustainability initiatives. The Banksia Foundation opens the door to a myriad of opportunities to make a real difference.

The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia) is the national peak body representing forward-thinking companies and organisations that are working towards the transition to a sustainable Australia. Our mission is to accelerate this transition by making sustainable business more successful.

We are the Australian partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Previously known as Sustainable Business Australia, our members come from all sectors and industries, representing more than 150,000 employees across Australia.

 Our members believe that by integrating social and environmental impacts with financial results, business lowers its risk profile, makes better decisions and creates the solutions needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thank you to our University of Melbourne partners

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is a global network of universities and other knowledge institutions launched by the UN Secretary General in 2012 to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise in support of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


With almost 40 regional and country networks, SDSN facilitates local, regional and global collaboration and action. The SDSN Regional Network for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, hosted by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, has been leading efforts to mobilise support and action towards SDG implementation in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region. Working with a range of cross-sector collaborators, it co-led the Australian SDGs Summits in 2016 and 2018 and produced the globally renowned guide Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities. 

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.

The United Nations has over 100 associations working around the world to raise awareness about the UN and its work and to engage local communities on key UN issues such as human rights, gender equality, climate change, peace and security.

In Victoria, this is carried out by the United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) or UNAA Victoria.

UNAA Victoria is a non-profit, non-government, membership based organisation which works to:

  • -raise awareness of the UN and its programs and

  • -engage local communities in key UN issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include targets relating to human rights and climate change.

UNAA Victoria is not funded by the UN and, as a result, we rely on support from governments and our members and supporters.

Thanks to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), who are supporting the development of Voluntary Local Reviews as part of the SDGs Cities Challenge. The Symposium is an official Urban Thinkers Campus '5.0' event, part of the UN-Habitat led World Urban Campaign.