Magnus Moglia

Magnus Moglia
Swinburne University of Technology · Centre for Urban Transitions

PhD Environment, The Australian National University
Associate Professor at Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for Urban Transition.

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Introduction
Magnus Moglia currently works at the Swinburne University of Technology's Centre for Urban Transitions.
Additional affiliations
March 2020 - March 2020
Swinburne University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2001 - May 2020
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Position
  • Group Leader
Education
May 2004 - January 2010
Australian National University
Field of study
  • Environment
August 1994 - December 1999
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Field of study
  • Engineering Physics. Specialisation in Applied Mathematics.

Publications

Publications (144)
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Rapid urbanisation generates risks and opportunities for sustainable development. Urban policy and decision makers are challenged by the complexity of cities as social–ecological–technical systems. Consequently there is an increasing need for collaborative knowledge development that supports a whole-of-system view, and transformational change at mu...
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It is commonly argued that cities face unprecedented pressures and therefore must transform. To guide transformations , it is important to develop guiding visions. This paper reports on a futures thinking exercise in the context of cities. It employs a methodology based on a series of community workshops with a diverse mix of experts using a "strat...
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Climate change, as well as associated mitigation efforts, will substantially disrupt some economies. Seemingly inevitable market and policy changes will push economies to transition away from reliance on industries with higher carbon emissions and bring transient economic impacts, especially in regions that are currently heavily reliant on such ind...
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In the post-pandemic era, we must value our cities as cultural and economic centres, that are socially and environmentally diverse. This requires a transformation in the way we plan and govern our cities, but what can be learnt from the current crisis about how cities should be managed? In this article, we report on a scoping review to help identif...
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With increased participation in telework expected to continue, in the aftermath of COVID, it will be important to consider what long-term impact this practice could have on sustainability outcomes. This paper describes a scoping review and identifies connections between telework and sustainability outcomes from previous academic studies. These conn...
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This paper presents an integrated analysis of the costs and benefits of carefully constructed scenarios for the electrification of transport in Australia. Scenarios were constructed to responsively meet increased electricity demand, whilst maximising emission reduction, household finances and public health benefits. The scenarios bundle several tec...
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With increased participation in telework expected to continue, to support emerging hybrid work models in the aftermath of the Covid-19, it is important to consider the long-term impact this practice could have on sustainability outcomes. This paper describes a systematic review of 113 academic journal articles and identifies associations between te...
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What influences farmers’ decisions to adopt agricultural technologies is an important question for international agricultural research projects. There are often interpersonal differences between women and men that influence the adoption of decisions and behaviours, but few studies in the literature focus on these factors. We describe a game-based a...
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Traditional lifestyles of lowland rice farmers of the southern provinces of Lao People's Democratic Republic are rapidly changing, due to two important trends. Firstly, there is a push towards modernization and commercialization of farming. Secondly, though farmers still focus on rice farming as a key activity, there is an increasing move towards d...
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A common and driving assumption in agricultural research is that the introduction of research trials, new practices and innovative technologies will result in technology adoption, and will subsequently generate benefits for farmers and other stakeholders. In Lao PDR, the potential benefits of introduced technologies have not been fully realised by...
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Transdisciplinary agricultural research in Lao PDR Abstract Transdisciplinary research focussing on improving smallholder farmers’ uptake of technological innovations enables the integration of knowledge systems and the co-design and delivery of creative solutions. In this paper, we illustrate how scientific research can be mobilized within profess...
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Sustainable Urban Water Management (SUWM) approaches highlighted in this special issue have the potential to contribute to the transformation of urban water systems. The aim of the transformation is to accommodate population and economic growth and at the same time enable a system which is environmentally sustainable and resilient to future challen...
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Scenario planning is a key element of adaptive planning and strategic planning processes. Often the focus is the development of scenario narratives or storylines. Although the narratives are important, there is an ongoing challenge to translate them into real change or action. Sydney Water has been working with the CSIRO to develop a toolkit which...
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Adoption of water conservation measures is one-way water utilities and community are able to reduce the demand on finite water resources by a growing population, and adaptively manage the impacts of episodic droughts. To deliver effective and least cost water conservation programs in the future, utilities need to better understand what drives peopl...
Technical Report
This report describes how the NED agent-based modelling capability can be utilised.
Technical Report
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This report provides a summary of many of the activities in the LCL CRC project “RP3035 Modelling the uptake of water conservation and efficiency measures in Sydney” which is a collaboration between the CSIRO and Sydney Water, supported by the Low Carbon Living CRC.
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This paper reports on a review of international water conservation efforts, but with a particular focus on the Australian context. The aim is to take stock of the current understanding of water conservation, in particular: what influences people's decision to conserve water, what influences whether people persist with water conservation behavior an...
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The Millennium Drought across Australia during the 2000s placed cities under pressure in providing urban water security. In Sydney, Australia’s largest city, a comprehensive water demand programme triggered a significant reduction in per capita water consumption. The water demand programme included incentives for the installation of rainwater tanks...
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Climate Adaptation through Sustainable Urban Water Development in Can Tho City, Vietnam, Case Study 14.1 In Vicuña, S., Redwood, M., Dettinger, M., and Noyola, A. (2018). Urban water systems. In Rosenzweig, C., W. Solecki, P. Romero-Lankao, S. Mehrotra, S. Dhakal, and S. Ali Ibrahim (eds.), Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the...
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This paper reports on an Agent-Based Model. The purpose of developing this model is to describe ‘the uptake of low carbon and energy efficient technologies and practices by households and under different interventions’. There is a particular focus on modelling non-financial incentives as well as the influence of social networks as well as the decis...
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Cities, their citizens and service providers are being challenged from multiple fronts-population growth, technology, societal and environmental challenges. We are also faced with an intersection of two groups of thought-future or strategic thinking to create awareness and preparedness for future challenges, and data-driven actions and decisions. A...
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There are pressures on existing centralized water infrastructures in urban centers which justify the search for alternatives. An increasingly important alternative is to shift from centralized to hybrid systems, often in response to climate variability and demographic changes. In a hybrid system, water is supplied and discharged through a mix of ce...
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A Bayesian Network model has been developed that synthesizes findings from concurrent multi-disciplinary research activities. The model describes the many factors that impact on the chances of a smallholder farmer adopting a proposed change to farming practices. The model, when applied to four different proposed technologies, generated insights int...
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This paper analyses the impacts of various hybrid water supply systems, conceptualised as the combination of centralized and decentralized water supply systems, on wastewater and stormwater flows and contaminants. The analysis comprises of seven alternative scenarios: i) centralized only, ii) centralized along with recycled water, iii) centralized...
Technical Report
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Strategic planning for a city’ urban water system is an important task, especially when cities are growing rapidly, and there are ongoing and emerging challenges ranging from climate change to intensifying level of pollution and a backlog in service provision. In this report, it is argued that for planning purposes, a number of actor biases and dif...
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We believe that cities are important for humans as essential forms of social organisation in contemporary human life. Currently, the integrity of cities as enduring systems faces many challenges-'exogenous' factors such as unsustainable consumption of energy and other resources and 'endogenous' factors such as 'liveability' and the 'human scale' of...
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The agricultural sector in Lao PDR is forecast to move from subsistence rice production to a more modernized and market-oriented sector with greater focus on commercialization of agricultural production. Intensification of agricultural production in the southern and central rice growing regions of Lao PDR is problematic as dryland farmers rely on r...
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This report provides a summary of the research activities in the research project RP3028: A Virtual Market for Analysing the Uptake of Energy Efficiency Measures in Residential and Commercial Sectors. In Australia, as of the first quarter of 2017, electricity generation accounts for 35% of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use accounts for 79% of...
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Cities, their citizens and service providers are being challenged from multiple fronts - population growth, technology, societal and environmental challenges. We are also faced with an intersection of two groups of thought - future or strategic thinking to create awareness and preparedness for future challenges, and data-driven actions and decision...
Technical Report
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Greater Sydney is Australia’s most global city, with a population of 4.7 million people, and this is expected double over the next fifty years. Sydney is changing rapidly in demography, diversity, lifestyle and urban form. Planning for the future of such a city presents opportunities and challenges. There is a need for coordinated planning and buil...
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Through an online survey, we assessed the views about urban life and urban development of 500 Australian citizens living in three large cities. Differences in perceptions and opinions can be described along three dimensions which, in alignment with cultural theory, we name Myths of the City. The analysis of their relation to a number of constructs...
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How well does the general public understand the concept of urban resilience? We address this question via an online survey of 500+ citizens living in three large Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Perth). The majority of respondents claim not to know what urban resilience means. Of the remaining respondents, understanding ranges from poor to...
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Residential energy efficiency is an important strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are many technologies that help improve residential energy efficiency, and in fact, increased energy efficiency has already helped reduce global greenhouse gas emissions significantly in the past. However, with greater innovation, further improvement...
Technical Report
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This report describes initial findings from research activities conducted for ASEM/2014/052: Smallholder farmer decision-making and technology adoption in southern Lao PDR: opportunities and constraints, a project commissioned by ACIAR and undertaken in the rice growing plains of southern Laos. The overall aim of the project is to ‘improve adoption...
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The provision of water services is essential for the functioning of a city but can be a difficult and constantly changing task. Since the Millennial Drought, the Melbourne Region has moved towards a more secure water supply system through the construction of a desalination plant and the North-South Pipeline. In addition, there has been considerable...
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Many scholarly articles have argued that there is a need for a transition towards sustainable urban water management (SUWM). As businesses, water service providers (WSPs) must modify their business models to align with this goal. Explicit consideration of business models is, however, often missing from the literature relating to SUWM. More specific...
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Rainwater harvesting in residential homes is emerging as an important complement to centralized water supplies in urban centres around the world. Domestic rainwater harvesting systems provide a variety of benefits for water management and contribute to sustainable and integrated urban water management. There are however risks associated with rainwa...
Technical Report
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The city of Darwin is uniquely placed in the centre of northern Australia, closely related socially, culturally and economically to large near-Asian countries and a focus for northern regional development initiatives. Darwin residents point to the quality of the lifestyle in Darwin when speaking of its unique qualities. In the context of other citi...
Technical Report
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This report describes the development of a Bayesian Network model as a key research activity/output in the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) funded the project, ASEM/2014/052’ “Smallholder farmer decision-making and technology adoption in southern Laos: opportunities and constraints”. The purpose of the Bayesian Netw...
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Over the last decade, various concepts with similar underlying philosophies have evolved within the urban water sector calling for a more integrated, sustainable, and adaptive management approach. Whilst many advocate this idea, the process of transitioning to sustainability-focused water management seems to proceed slowly. There are sector-specifi...
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Rainwater harvesting is an important technology in cities that can contribute to a number of functions, such as sustainable water management in the face of demand growth and drought as well as the detention of rainwater to increase flood protection and reduce damage to waterways. The objective of this article is to investigate the integrity of resi...
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Urban water managers around the world are adopting decentralized water supply systems, often in combination with centralized systems. While increasing demand for water arising from population growth is one of the primary reasons for this increased adoption of alternative technologies, factors such as climate change, increased frequency of extreme w...
Technical Report
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The case study of Climate Adaptation through Sustainable Urban Development in Can Tho City Vietnam has demonstrated a sustainable development approach to improve the planning of water services, through which to build capacity and enhance the resilience of the city and local communities to future challenges, including the changing climate. It provid...
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The installation of rainwater tanks has increased to around 30% of homes in Melbourne largely from Government rebates over the Millennial Drought and introduction of 5-star home regulations in 2005. Rainwater tanks help to diversify a city’s water supply and confer a range of environmental benefits, especially through reduction of stormwater runoff...
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Urban data volumes are increasing and becoming more accessible at a rapid rate. Therefore, novel approaches are required to synthesise and analyse the data in a meaningful way. The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is providing tools and is negotiating data access to key datasets about cities to facilitate research on urban i...
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Urban data volumes are increasing and becoming more accessible at a rapid rate. Therefore, novel approaches are required to synthesise and analyse the data in a meaningful way. The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is providing tools and is negotiating data access to key datasets about cities to facilitate research on urban i...
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The low uptake of cost effective, energy efficient retrofits for commercial buildings suggests that economic considerations are not the sole determinant for their adoption. Socio-psychological surveys provide additional insights into consumption behaviour reflecting important lifestyle, attitudinal, risk, familiarity of technology, cultural and oth...
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The functionality expected by governments and citizens from urban water management systems (UWMS) has evolved in time from delivering basic services to enabling complex issues such as healthy ecosystems, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. Alongside these changing expectations, the pressure on policy makers to fulfill disparate perfo...
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This paper presents a critical review of the physical impacts of decentralized water supply systems on existing centralized water infrastructures. This paper highlights the combination of centralized and decentralized systems, which is referred to as hybrid water supply systems. The system is hypothesized to generate more sustainable and resilient...
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Rainwater tanks are a common feature of the urban landscape in Australia. Many were installed in response to the recent dry years that left many large cities struggling to maintain a positive supply-demand balance. In Queensland, for the period from 2007 to 2012, following the initial success of a number of tank rebate schemes, legislation required...
Poster
Analyses a range of various hybrid water supply scenarios in terms of their impacts on wastewater and stormwater flow quantity and quality
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Rainwater tanks are being implemented under integrated urban water management and water sensitive urban design approaches to address resource constraints, climate change and increased urbanization challenges. State, local governments and water utilities mandate and/or promote installation of rainwater tanks through regulatory and incentive mechanis...
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Can Tho city is located in the Mekong Delta, about 170km southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The rapid growth rate of Can Tho city and the region has put great pressure on environmental conditions within the city. Because of the lack of sustainable development and environmental quality considerations associated with significant population incre...
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This article provides a review of the opportunities and challenges of urban agriculture. Secondly, it is explored whether it may be feasible for the urban water sector to facilitate greater uptake of urban agriculture and this is done by exploring a hypothetical case. Urban agriculture is an opportunity for many cities, with some cities sourcing mo...
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Within the literature, concerns have been raised that centralised urban water systems are maladapted to challenges associated with climate change, population growth and other socio-economic and environmental strains. This paper provides a critical assessment of the discourse that surrounds emerging approaches to urban water management and infrastru...
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A mapbook of water system and environment of Can Tho city is a result of the project: Climate change adaptation through sustainable urban development – Vietnam case study. The editors of this publication would like to warmly thank to Can Tho water Supply and Sewerage One member Co.LTD, Center of Clean water and Rural Sanitation of Can Tho City, Dep...