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  • Have you ever wanted to attend a conference that was right up your alley, but just couldn’t find a way to get there? Perhaps the flights were too expensive, and you or your employer didn’t feel it was worth the time and money to make the trip. You may have caring obligations where spending multiple days away from home just isn’t feasible. In either case, you would miss the event.

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  • The last few decades have seen the increasingly pervasive use of the term ‘smart’ when it comes to technologies and the built environment. Technology is the material backbone and sustainability a significant aspiration for the designers and organisations developing and occupying ‘smart’ built environments. Allister Hill’s project aims to address the relationship between materiality, space and sustainability in what may be considered a ‘smart’ building – RMIT’s ‘Swanson Academic Building’ (the SAB). The SAB, located on an inner urban university campus, is a 5-star Green Star rated, multi-award winning and hailed as a successful example of a technologically innovative and sustainable building.

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  • Investigating students’ eating practices and food spaces at an inner urban university

    Work Life Ecologies Phd Candidate Bhavna Middha is investigating the eating spaces at inner urban universities and their interrelationship with students’ eating practices and their implication on sustainable consumption. Here Bhavna describes her innovative research methods, and gives some examples of her findings:

    ‘Selfoodie’(posting food selfies) is a research method I have used to follow the students’ eating practices on and off campus and as a way of exploring the changing spatio-temporal characteristics of eating practices.

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    Why do academics fly so much? What is it about academia, or the university sector in general, that makes flying such a normal part of the work life? And what can be done to reduce the amount of air travel that academics undertake?

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    Attending and presenting at conferences is a common practice of academic life. Conferences allow academics to gain exposure for their work, to form an understanding of the work of other scholars, and to become more connected to other researchers in their field.

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