The Melbourne Experiment

Cities for people

The Melbourne Experiment is a landmark interdisciplinary research collaboration studying the effects of COVID-19 on the functions of a city and an international model for post-COVID-19 urban recovery and renewal. 

Bringing together research expertise across Monash University, the Melbourne Experiment examines key activities and elements of the urban environment before, during and after the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Melbourne Experiment will use its findings to contribute to new approaches for urban renewal, emphasising innovation, sustainability and social cohesion alongside economic prosperity to help meet the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

As the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Regional Centre of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Monash is uniquely placed and motivated to mobilise communities to create a better and more sustainable future, as articulated by the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Message from Professor Marc Parlange
Former Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University

The global shutdown to control covid-19 is an historic disruption to urban life, we can observe activities that are fundamental to the idea of a city being brought to a stop, the positive and negative impacts on different groups, and how or whether they return as restrictions are gradually lifted