About us

Founded as the Centre for Development Economics (CDE) in March 2012, in 2015, the Centre was renamed to explicitly include economic research on issues related to Sustainability.

Today the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) also promotes cross-disciplinary research in the thematic areas of development and sustainability by bringing together researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds in the Monash Business School engaged in global sustainable development issues encompassing the three dimensions of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Our members conduct rigorous, policy-relevant academic research to better understand these problems and the ways in which they can be mitigated.

We are committed to:

  • Fostering high quality research in the thematic areas of development and sustainability (both within the developing country context and beyond), including cross-disciplinary work;
  • Promoting national and international collaborative links with those involved in the research, policy and practice of economic development and sustainability;
  • Enhancing the profile of Monash Business School and Monash University in the areas of development and sustainability within Australia and internationally; and
  • Striving for policy impact through the dissemination of research findings and the promotion of informed public discussion and dialogue.

The CDES also actively participates in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Monash Business School is ranked 1st in Australia and 25th in the world in the field of development by RePEc (August 2019).