Monash Progress Report 2022 – Goal 11
Monash University Progress Report 2022 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
2022 Publications Performance View
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 291
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.46
3 Year Rolling Mean FWCI of Monash Outputs: 1.47
Adaptive Traffic Network Sustainable System for Traffic Management, Urban Cities View
Traffic congestion due to inefficient traffic systems is a major problem worldwide, worsening with rising urbanisation. Transport planners and other experts try to solve this problem by designing more efficient traffic systems for cities. However, the process of traffic system planning can be tedious and complex work, undertaken manually by domain experts, which constrains the traffic system planning process. Monash University Malaysia’s School of Engineering is working on development of a reliable planning system and data analytics platform that will improve the efficiency of traffic management in line with rising urban population growth.
Understanding Farmers’ Record Keeping Practice in Indonesia to Support Decision View
Data management and communication technologies offer opportunities for smallholder farmers in developing countries to better manage their crops and food security. However, knowledge about farmers’ attitudes toward data collection and recordkeeping practices remain limited. Most design concepts have been developed for industrialised farms and adopted from high-income countries, and so don’t match the needs of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
This Monash Indonesia project, supported by the Whyte Fund, examines farmers’ recordkeeping practices to identify ways to design strategies that will improve their ability to engage with data-driven farming. The project serves as a preliminary investigation to provide a foundation for further work on how enhanced recordkeeping capabilities can help farmers use data-driven agriculture as a decision-making tool.
Making Methane Climate-Friendly View
The agricultural sector produces around half of methane emissions in Australia, especially from ruminant livestock, such as cattle and sheep. Researchers from Greening Lab at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute are exploring ways to increase the effectiveness of feed additives in order to greatly reduce methane from livestock. By working with the agriculture, waste, and energy sectors, the team hopes findings of their research, which focuses on the complex interactions of methane producing microbes called archaea, will reduce methane emissions.
Solving Behavioural Pollution in the Developing World View
Researchers from the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, Monash Business School, are examining the social and behavioural factors that lead to open dumping of trash in the developing world. By employing surveys and a series of low-cost randomised control trials, the study aims to provide a series of actionable recommendations as well as potential pathways for scaling up successful interventions to reduce littering that can be shared with governmental and non-governmental agencies through policy reports and in-country outreach.
Fire to Flourish View
Fire to Flourish is a five-year collaborative program to advance community-led disaster recovery and long-term resilience, working with communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires in Eastern Australia. The program is committed to strengthening participation by marginalised parts of the community, and to foreground the wisdom of Australia’s First Peoples. In 2022, the program recruited local staff and visited each unique community. It brought on board a cohort of research fellows and PhD students, and released the “Transformative Actions for Community-Led Disaster Resilience” report, which draws on the insights from disaster-affected communities, local councils and other government agencies and non-government organisations. It also created a National Learning Network to provide the space for communities to lead their own recovery from fire and flood.
Sustainability and Conservation of Cinematic Heritage in Malaysia and Singapore View
Many cinemas in Malaysia and Singapore are buildings of architectural and historical significance, aligning with our understanding of heritage items. Despite this, no attempts have been made to preserve them for posterity. Research being led by the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University Malaysia aims to develop new, sustainable ways of preserving historical cinemas in Malaysia and Singapore urban centres.
Unit Statistics and Highlights View
In 2022, 175 units directly related to SDG11 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 11,141 individual students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to sustainable cities and communities:
MUERF Climate Change Communication Workshop View
Monash University European Research Foundation (MUERF) hosted a research workshop at the Prato Centre to help build bottom-up collaborative responses to climate change. The event brought together Monash researchers, European academic partners and local policy-makers to discuss approaches to the development of localised responses to climate change across different research areas, as well as opportunities for joint research projects and grant funding applications.
The workshop was attended by colleagues from the University of Florence, the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, the University of Siena, the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and the City Council of Prato. The event positioned Monash as a willing and capable research partner for climate change in Europe. It also provided greater understanding for Monash on priorities and needs of external partners
The Monash Commission View
The Monash Commission was established in 2018 to provide a platform for thought leaders from around the world to address important national and global issues. The second inquiry of the Monash Commission brought together a panel of global experts to explore the potential of intermediary cities in reframing post-pandemic liveability.
The Monash Commission report - The Liveable Metropolis: The Opportunity of Intermediary Cities to Deliver Resilience, Impact and Prosperity - was released in July 2022.
The report found the future of networked cities requires clarity of national urban plans and visionary leadership to understand the connection and strength between large cities and smaller, more agile intermediary cities. The Commission also explored the feasibility of new indices of liveability being developed to rank cities on the extent to which they contribute to economic and social prosperity in wider locations, and not just the city centre itself.
View the Monash Commission 2022 report.
Pay as You Use Parking View
Monash replaced its fixed annual car parking permit system with a ‘pay as you use’ (PAYU) virtual parking system in 2021. Pay As You Use (PAYU) parking is now in place across all our Australian campuses to make parking on campus fairer, flexible and easier for staff and students, and to further incentivise sustainable transport use.
Bike Arrival Facilities View
Monash has a supportive cycling community and bike parking hoops are installed at all of its campuses, making cycling a convenient option for staff and students getting to campus. Secure undercover bike cages and arrival stations are also offered at many locations across Monash campuses. Access to all secure bike cages and arrival stations is free, requiring only registration for access.
Sustainable Transport View
Monash University’s integrated campus access strategy aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with travelling to campuses through a shift from single-occupancy vehicles towards sustainable alternatives, such as public transport, University shuttle buses, carpooling, walking and cycling. The University aims to have more than 70 per cent of staff and students travel to Monash campuses using sustainable transport options.
In 2022 the University commenced delivery of a net zero transport strategy with a zero emission bus trial in collaboration with key stakeholders