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Karen Vella
Queensland University of Technology
Environmental resource managementNatural resource managementGeographyCorporate governanceEnvironmental planning
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Smart cities is a hot topic in debates about urban policy and practice across the globe. There is, however, limited knowledge and understanding about: Trending smart city concepts and technologies; Relationships between popular smart city concepts and technologies; Policies that influence perception and utilization of smart city concepts and technologies. The aim of this study is to evaluate how smart city concepts and technologies are perceived and utilized in cities. The methodology involves a...
The highest-ranked areas in an Australia-wide assessment of smart city performance are all in metropolitan regions with higher population densities. “Australia’s 60 top-performing local government areas house more than quarter of the nation’s population,” we note in the newly released Smart Cities Down Under report, featured in this article.
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#1Tan YigitcanlarH-Index: 33
#2Nayomi KankanamgeH-Index: 1
Last. Kevin C. DesouzaH-Index: 34
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This report presents the findings of a study conducted at the Urban Studies Lab of Queensland University of Technology (QUT)—with support from the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC)—that placed Australian local government areas under the smart city microscope to evaluate their performances. The study selected the local government areas that are in the greater capital city statistical areas along with the larger local ...
#1Rachel EberhardH-Index: 7
#2Richard D. MargerumH-Index: 17
Last. Bruce V. TaylorH-Index: 47
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#1Margaret GoochH-Index: 12
#2Allan DaleH-Index: 19
Last. Karen VellaH-Index: 9
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This report focuses on the trial of a regionally-specific framework to assess and monitor the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as they relate to the Fitzroy Region and the adjacent GBR. To ensure GBR policy makers and managers better consider the needs of Reef-dependent and Reef-associated communities and industries, the aim of this project is to develop a participatory approach to the assessment, monitoring and bench-marking of human dimensions of relevance to the region and to ...
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#1Karen VellaH-Index: 9
Resource dependent settlements and communities in reef environments are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an uncertain social, economic and environmental future. In order to avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change, scientists, governments and communities have turned to notions of community resilience as a potential strategy for adapting to and mitigating climate change. Concepts of resilience have been considered in human welfare contexts for many decades, however the applic...
#1Allan Dale (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 19
#2Karen VellaH-Index: 9
Last. Rachel EberhardH-Index: 7
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Water quality outcomes affecting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are governed by multi-level and multi-party decision-making that influences forested and agricultural landscapes. With international concern about the GBR’s declining ecological health, this paper identifies and focuses on implementation failure (primarily at catchment scale) as a systemic risk within the overall GBR governance system. There has been limited integrated analysis of the full suite of governance subdomains that o...
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#1Margaret GoochH-Index: 12
#2Nadine MarshallH-Index: 29
Last. Karen VellaH-Index: 9
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The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is recognised as one of Australia’s and the worlds’ great natural treasures. It also provides many social, cultural, institutional and economic benefits that contribute to human wellbeing. In turn, each person’s relationship with the GBR is also influenced by a range of social, cultural, institutional and economic factors. Understanding these interactions is critical if we are to manage the GBR in a way that not only protects its natural values, but preserves and enh...
#1Margaret GoochH-Index: 12
#2Allan DaleH-Index: 19
Last. Karen VellaH-Index: 9
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This report focuses on the trial of a regionally-specific framework to assess and monitor the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as they relate to the Mackay-Whitsunday Region and the adjacent GBR. To ensure GBR policy makers and managers better consider the needs of Reef-dependent and Reef-associated communities and industries, the aim of this project is to develop a participatory approach to the assessment, monitoring and bench- marking of human dimensions of relevance to the reg...
#1Margaret GoochH-Index: 12
#2Allan DaleH-Index: 19
Last. Karen VellaH-Index: 9
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This report focuses on the trial of a regionally-specific framework to assess and monitor the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as they relate to Eastern Cape York (ECY) and the adjacent GBR. To ensure GBR policy makers and managers better consider the needs of GBR-dependent and GBR-associated communities and industries, the aim of this project is to develop a participatory approach to the assessment, monitoring and bench-marking of human dimensions of relevance to the region and ...
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