RMIT Europe is the European hub of RMIT University, a global university of design, technology and enterprise, with more than 84,000 students and 10,000 amazing teachers and staff. RMIT’s European hub is the gateway for European research, industry, government and enterprise to innovation and talent in Australia and Asia. RMIT Europe leverages the University’s global connections to deliver an international dimension to research and innovation beyond Europe’s borders. As part of the Urban Futures topic, we work on integrated planning and design solutions for urban population growth and urbanisation aimed at achieving healthy liveable cities.
We contribute to expanding knowledge through a multi-disciplinary approach based on social sciences, urban sustainability and building technologies. RMIT Europe is the WP2 leader of the H2020 Cultural-E project, aiming at Understanding Cultural and Climate drivers for Plus Energy Houses Design.
Ralph Horne is Professor of Geography and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation for the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University Australia.
He is interested in social and policy change to support sustainable urban development and has a specific research interest in low carbon urban transitions, housing and households. He combines research leadership and participation in research projects concerning the environmental, social and policy context of production and consumption in the urban environment.
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor
Marta Fernandez, MSc (Granada), PhD (UCL), CEng, FRSA, leads RMIT Europe following senior management roles in the UK, including Global Research Leader at international consultancy Arup.
She has a strong interest in urban wellbeing, particularly the impact of design and technology for healthy ageing and has been a member of European expert panels for nature-based solutions in cities, active ageing and the built environment.
Dr Fernandez holds honorary appointments at University College London and Imperial College Business School. She is chair of the European Construction Technology Platform’s Active Ageing and Design Committee as well as a member of the platform’s Steering Committee. She is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for Eurac Research and the Research Advisory for the International Well Building Institute.
Iván Luque Segura is a trained building engineer with over 15 years’ experience working in fields related to Urban Planning, High Performance Buildings, Energy Management and Urban Mobility.
For 10 years he has worked in project management in non-profit organisations, public administrations and private companies in Europe and Africa.
Now focusing on the social sciences sphere of the building engineering, he works on projects related to urban sustainability and affordable housing.
Iván Luque Segura