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Macquarie-Ryde Futures Partnership


meeting Signing the MOU, December 2011
L to R: Mr John Neish, General Manager, City of Ryde; Mr Artin Etmekdjian, Mayor, City of Ryde; Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University; Professor Jim Piper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University

richie howitt Professor Richie Howitt
Director of the Macquarie-Ryde Futures Partnership (photo M Howitt)

The Macquarie-Ryde Futures Partnership (MRFP) brings the University and City of Ryde Council together to support excellence in local government, community development and sustainability through research and student engagement.

The MRFP was established in December 2011 through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Vice-Chancellor and the Mayor.

Read the MOU (1.2MB PDF)

Our goal

The MRFP encourages research that contributes directly to the Council meeting it Community Strategic Plan.

The MRFP is a strong and diverse partnership that coordinates research, planning and development towards shared goals.

Read more about the City of Ryde 2021 Community Strategic Plan

Our work

MRFP works across fields many fields:

  • community development,
  • community capacity-building,
  • urban planning, place making,
  • workforce planning,
  • leadership development,
  • environmental sustainability and
  • utilisation of technologies to enhance citizen engagement and customer service.

We work with researchers, council staff, teachers, students and community groups.

We work in Macquarie Park and across the entire City of Ryde.


Macquarie-Ryde Partnership Seminar 1-2pm, 11 October , Level 5 Meeting Room, Ryde Civic Centre, 1 Devlin St, Ryde

Community Resilience: Projects from the Case Study Library
Dr Peter Rogers (Department of Sociology) (City of Ryde Council Reply: Sam Cappelli)

Suburban Wildlife Corridors
Ms Jessica North (Australian Research Institute for Environment & Sustainability) (City of Ryde Council Reply: Jenai Davies)

Macquarie-Ryde Partnership Seminar 1-2pm, 15 November , Basement Meeting Room, Ryde Civic Centre, 1 Devlin St, Ryde

Social vulnerability to heat stress and community level responses
Dr Fiona Miller (Department of Environment & Geography) (City of Ryde Council Reply: William Davies)

Smart and Connected? Building local government-university partnership
Professor Richie Howitt (Director, Macquarie-Ryde Futures Partnership) (City of Ryde Council Response: John Neish)

Contact us

Contact us for more about the partnership or to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

We work in Macquarie Park and across the entire City of Ryde.

Quicklinks to MRFP Pages