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Transition Management: Institute for Social Research

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 27th, 2010


Professor Derk Loorbach, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and Visiting Distinguished Researcher at the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology

The issue

Australia has ‘inherited’ from the 20th century highly liveable but unsustainable cities, and a very cheap but unsustainable energy system. These and other challenges have been catalogued in Transitions: Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development in Australia (2008, Springer and CSIRO Publishers). Visions of where our urban, water, energy, transport and housing systems could be by 2050 have been advanced, but the process of transformation is proving to be intractable.

Towards a solution

Professor Derk Loorbach is a pioneer in Transition Management (TM) and author of a 2007 book with that title. At the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) at Erasmus University, he and his colleagues have led several major TM initiatives, including a national energy transition program, urban transitions in Rotterdam Harbour and city, among many others. Professor Loorbach will outline the TM process invented at DRIFT, together with case studies, and reflect on its potential for application in Australia.

Running sheet for the event

Professor Peter Newton from ISR at Swinburne University of Technology will briefly outline AHURI’s Greyfield Regeneration project he is leading with Monash and RMIT Universities before introducing Professor Loorbach.Following Professor Loorbach’s presentation there will be a brief wrap-up by ARUP who will introduce the Melbourne Transformation Cluster initiative. The session concludes with light refreshments, drinks and informal networking.


5.30pm – 7.00pm Thursday 10 June 2010 (presentation followed by drinks and light refreshments)


Level 5, 215 Spring Street Melbourne (ARUP)


Before Monday 7 June 2010 Email: Telephone: 03 9214 5978 (seating is limited)

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