About the project

Visions and Pathways 2040 (VP2040) is a four-year research and engagement project funded the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRC LCL). It involves three universities – University of Melbourne, University of NSW and Swinburne – plus many government and industry partners. 

The project aims to develop visions and innovation and policy pathways for transforming Australian cities to achieve rapid decarbonisation and increased resilience in the face of climate change. 

The project combines research with a range of creative engagement strategies to develop visions and scenarios for Australian cities in 2040. Through its engagement program the project will gather stakeholder views of the dynamics of change and the possible future morphology of cities – their built infrastructure, systems of provision and lifestyles.

The research and engagement process will enable the project to characterise possible futures, understand and analyse socio-technical innovations that could contribute to their realisation and examine transition scenarios and pathways to 2040 and beyond. Stakeholder views and research will be regularly translated into communicable visions of possible futures to be used freely by organisations interested in urban futures.

Transition pathways will be investigated to understand potential barriers and ways to manage the complex dynamics of resource/material, technical, economic, social and behavioural aspects of urban living, to overcome them.