Merrick Morley is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning - University of Melbourne. His research explores how social cohesion and community resilience is mediated by different housing models, namely the physical form and governance structures. Merrick anticipates to provide policy-relevant evidence for planning, development, and government stakeholders. This research is supported by a partnership between the City of Melbourne and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI).
As a part of his Masters of Urban Planning studies, Merrick completed a minor thesis titled "Density Done Well — the hard nut to crack?" which examined compact city policy and urban densities in Metropolitan Melbourne and 20-Minute Neighbourhoods. This has now been published in Urban Policy and Research and can be viewed open-access here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08111146.2023.2198550