| Prof Mark Stevenson |
Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health
The University of Melbourne
To meet the major challenges of the 21st century, cities will not only need to accommodate the growing populations, but also respond to the challenges of ageing and insufficient infrastructure, growing inequities particularly on the urban fringe, increasing air pollution change and increasing rates of road injury and non-communicable disease. Building cities that are sustainable, productive and capable of delivering an environment conducive to health and wellbeing is an urgent priority.
The evidence-base to inform and guide decision-making for future cities is scattered within disciplinary, thematic and functional silos. This period of digital disruption affords an opportunity to embrace an array of new methods and to engage in more productive dialogue across the urban sciences. The presentation will discuss elements of the disciplinary integration, the opportunities that new methodological approaches afford and the potential that decision platforms will play in assessing policies (particularly related to transport) that support sustainable and safe future cities.