Currently hosted in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, the UCCRN Australian Oceania Hub is co-directed by Dr. Ken Doust at the Southern Cross University, Prof. Kate Auty at the University of Melbourne, and Prof. Barbara Norman at the University of Canberra. The Hub is presently partnered with many Australian universities including Macquarie University, Monash University, Southern Cross University, the University of Canberra, the University of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle, the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of Wollongong.
The UCCRN Australian Oceania Hub is being shaped as an Australian-led platform to promote a coordinated climate change response based on knowledge sharing and collaboration between Australian scholars, institutions, city and local governments, and industry. It aims to enable local initiatives in Australia to inform local initiatives in other countries, as well as to enable those of other countries to inform initiatives in Australian cities.
The Australian Oceania Hub is currently discussing the best way to operationalize the collaborative efforts between the universities and how to best engage with city and regional level governments as the first focus. The Hub is building dialogues with mayors and their agencies to explore where they are with the climate change agenda and to understand the initiatives they are leading or embracing and how collaboration with the Hub participants can help in moving down the path of transformational change.