University of Canberra

Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) was established as a joint initiative with the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute and is based at the University of Canberra. CURF 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 on cities.  The overall objective of our research is to find new pathways and implementation strategies for sustainable futures for cities and regions. 

 Canberra, as a planned national capital, largely developed since the 1950s, provides an excellent example of many of the issues facing post World War 2 urban settlements, including being overwhelmingly car oriented and suburban in layout and design. As a city-region on our doorstep, Canberra presents an immediate opportunity to undertake original interdisciplinary research on ‘urban and regional futures’.

 CURF provides an international collaborative platform for the creation and dissemintation of research and knowledge across four key research themes. These themes are:

Climate Change and Sustainability

Health and Wellbeing

Settlements and Infrastructure

Green Growth


CURF also provides a series of Working Papers, designed to inform policy development. Access to these is had under the 'Working Papers' tab.