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edited November 2006 in architecture
Kids out of cars and climate change: new transport research centre targets big issues

Media Release, Friday 24 November 2006

The impact of global climate change on transport systems and getting children outside and moving safely in the city are among the projects conducted by the new $4.3 million urban transport research centre to be opened at the University of Melbourne next week.

The Australasian Centre for Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT), centred at The University of Melbourne, is funded by the Volvo Research and Education Foundations. It will pool knowledge from three continents through partnerships with universities in Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Singapore and England.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis will launch GAMUT on Wednesday 29 November at 10:30am with the Centre’s directors, Professors Nick Low and Bill Russell from the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

The opening will be part of the Centre’s two day annual meeting – the first since the centre commenced operations in July.

Professor Ian Lowe, emeritus professor, School of Science, Griffith University and President of the ACF, will address the annual meeting on transport and climate change.

Projects at GAMUT include:
• A study into children’s access to the city, analysing social interventions and urban design practices crucial to a child’s independent mobility in the city. Led by the University of Melbourne’s Dr Carolyn Whitzman.

• An examination of oil depletion and global climate change impacts on dispersed cities, and how alternative fuels and vehicles may overcome these problems. Led by the University of Melbourne’s Dr Paul Mees and Monash University’s Dr Patrick Moriarty.

GAMUT will also provide opportunities for students and teachers to study overseas, through linkages with Asian and European institutions.

The Centre’s directors, Professors Nick Low and Bill Russell, say GAMUT will open up new ways to deal with public transport issues.

“This is about creating dialogue between all parties with an interest in public transport and focusing attention on the need for, and obstacles to, institutional change in urban transport in the Asia-Pacific region,” says Professor Low.

For more information on GAMUT see

***WHAT: Launch of the Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) at the University of Melbourne, by Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis.

***WHEN: Wednesday 29 November, 10.30-11.15 am.

***WHERE: Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, 1st floor multifunction room on Swanston Street.
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