The built environment is both an important contributor to climate change and increasingly vulnerable to our changing climate. In recent years, much infrastructure has been exposed as inadequate in withstanding higher temperatures and extreme weather events. It's important to take a systems approach and consider both climate mitigation and climate adaptation concurrently - there are both synergies and trade-offs between the two.
Researchers are particularly focussed on the interrelationship between cities and climate change, notably the drivers and impacts of urbanisation, the interrelationship between urban structure, function and processes and urban carbon emission and extreme climate events, urban sustainability experiments and innovations in urban mitigation and adaptation and transitions, and urban climate governance. ANU has a number of researchers across the university focussed on the built environment, including in the Fenner School of Environment & Society, REGNET and the Research School of Engineering.