Formalising Research Partnerships: Perspectives, Processes, Personalities and Politics

Melbourne Centre for Cities researchers with Night Mayors

Hansen Yuncken Meeting Room (408), Glyn Davis Building (MSD), Masson Road, Parkville

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Sabrina Andron

  • Seminar

Melbourne Centre for Cities (MC4C) is hosting a series of free Early Career Researchers’ Sessions, as part of their commitment to support ECR agendas at the Centre. The sessions are programmed, organised, and led collectively by early career Centre affiliates, to reflect the skills, concerns, and experiences of the many young researchers who work at the Centre.

A significant part of building up an ‘industry engaged’ research career is establishing partnerships with organisations and entities beyond the university, which – if successful – progress into more formal relationships through funding agreements, MoUs, and over time set out distinct track records for you or your research team. Taking more ‘meaningful’ approaches to building research partnerships is also a key ethos of the Centre for Cities. This session will workshop some ‘real world’ and active partnerships that are of relevant to the centre, and explore both the crafting of these relationships, and the formal hurdles (and loopholes) that need to be considered at different points through this process.

This session is free and bookings aren't required. Reach out to the listed contact with any questions.


Alexei Trundle is Assistant Director (International) of the Melbourne Centre for Cities, and is the Melbourne Postdoctoral Fellow for the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. His current research focuses on the way that cities are contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as urban climate resilience and adaptation planning in Pacific Small Island Developing States. From 2016-2020 Alexei was the Future Cities Coordinator at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Anna Edwards is a PhD researcher at the University of Melbourne, funded by a Research Training Program Scholarship. Anna is researching the evolution of Australia’s night time economy, with a particular focus on night time labour market trends and government initiatives. The research will map history, policy and data to demonstrate the development of the night time economy in Australia and distil common themes.