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RMIT is a global university of technology and design. Founded in 1887, it is now the nation’s largest tertiary institution, with 82,000 students. RMIT has three Melbourne campuses, two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain, and significant partnerships in Hong Kong, mainland China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. RMIT is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions and urban sustainable futures, and is ranked in the top 100 for engineering and technology in the 2010 QS World University Rankings.

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An installation view of Country & Colony, Lady Sheila Cruthers Gallery, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia. The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art is the only dedicated public collection of art by Australian women. Lyle Branson

Still counting: why the visual arts must do better on gender equality

Gender bias is an ongoing problem in the visual arts. Change is needed at every level to tackle it.
Kasey Chambers was one of the six women who won awards at the ARIAs this year. Women had no nominations at all in Best Group, Dance, Adult Contemporary or Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. David Moir/AAP

The 2017 ARIA Awards are still off-key when it comes to gender

Why, in 2017, are women still falling behind in the ARIA awards: in nominations, winners, and performances?
Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi recently sold for US$450 million. AAP

The economics of ridiculously expensive art

Research shows paintings aren't always good investments. Sky-high prices paid for high-end art are likely due to other factors.
Highton Shopping Village in Geelong. Leila Farahani

This is how to create social hubs that make 20-minute neighbourhoods work

Low-density suburbs can cause social isolation that's harmful for individual and community well-being. But research confirms we can plan neighbourhood centres so they become vibrant social hubs.
The YES vote will mean many workplaces should update their HR policies to reflect changing laws and attitudes toward same-sex marriage. AAP

How the ‘yes’ vote will impact workers and HR

The yes vote in the marriage equality postal survey will have broad reaching implications - including into LGBTIQ+ policies in the workplace.
The latest storefront advertisements from lingerie retailer honey birdette have drawn a wave of criticism from the public. Facebook/Verina Green

Honey Birdette and the changing attitudes to sex in advertising

Lingerie retailer Honey Birdette has drawn a wave of criticism for its depictions of women in its storefront advertising. How are are some advertisers working to break the old stereotypes?
We need to look behind the sharing economy’s apparently informal, casual intent to consider the impacts on people’s lives. Montri Nipitvittaya/Shutterstock

Sharing economy sounds caring, but let’s put it to the ethical city test

In cities dominated by globalised market forces, how can we achieve social equity and justice? For any sharing economy idea, we need to ask what will it do to fix the big problems confronting us all.
Stony Creek drain: untidy and often slightly threatening, informal green space still has value for residents, which appropriate intervention can enhance.

How do we turn a drain into valued green space? First, ask the residents

Residents often have concerns about informal green space but some still use it. Work to enhance these areas should aim to resolve these concerns without destroying what residents do value.

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