Process

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The methodology and process for this project involves an (four year) iteration of:

  • desktop research,
  • workshop scenario/visioning (engaging with representatives of government, business and civil sectors),
  • design representation of possible futures,
  • analytic research (on critical attributes of envisaged futures),
  • elaboration of scenarios for the future,
  • analysis of potential trajectories and pathway for transition (including policy and other socio-technical settings)

Research work programs are based at the University of Melbourne, UNSW and Swinburne University.

Six workshops are planned for Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.  These will use a visioning process adapted from design thinking and developed by the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne.

Short seminars or mini-conferences will be used to explore technological, social and cultural shifts that emerge as potentially significant contributions to trajectories of development.

Research and mini-conference presentations will be regularly reported through a series of papers for general audiences as well as papers in academic journals and books.

Visions and scenarios will be circulated as widely as possible to stimulate debate and influence policy.

Although not specifically allowed for in the project funding, it is intended that a parallel project will be developed to explore the envisaged future through quantitative analysis of the physical implications of technical and physical changes. This will utilise the data modelling capabilities of the University of Melbourne in the ASFF (the Australian Stocks and Flows Framework developed over many decades by CSIRO) and AURIN (the Australian Urban Research Information Network).