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

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.

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.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 2 Zero Hunger SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities

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.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 13 Climate Action SDG 15 Life on Land

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 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.

Fire to Flourish

Other SDGs: 

SDG 1 No Poverty SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities SDG 13 Climate Action

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.

Other SDGs: 

SDG 5 Gender Equality SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure