Sustainable Development Institute

The Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is a world leader in interdisciplinary research and education into sustainable development. MSDI brings together Monash University researchers from across all disciplines as well as industry and government to address global challenges and find real solutions to the problems we face today.

Interdisciplinary research projects supported by MDSI are guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and have already seen impact delivered in the areas of environmental wellbeing, social inclusion and sustainable economy.

Capabilities at MSDI include:

  • Working with Water
    The Working with Water capability is built around solving issues in the use of water in urban environments to ensure access to safe water for all. Recents projects have investigated ways to transform developing cities in Indonesia to water sensitive cities that are sustainable and safe in their use of this vital resource.
  • ClimateWorks Australia
    ClimateWorks Australia acts as an independent expert advisor on reducing greenhouse gas emissions within Australia. Working with industry, government and communities, they work to identify opportunities for and barriers to emission reductions to help Australia reach its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2020.
  • BehaviourWorks Australia
    BehaviourWorks Australia conducts applied research into behaviour change and is aimed at providing knowledge on how we can facilitate change to address the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, the Waste and Circular Economy Collaboration sees researchers work with local councils and government departments to understand how we view waste and provide support for evidence-based policy changes to ensure we can recycle effectively.
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
    The Food-Energy-Water capability looks to the intersection of our food production, energy and water systems for opportunities to improve the sustainability of all three sectors simultaneously. This collaboration between MSDI, Monash Food Innovation and the Monash Energy Institute supports interdisciplinary research to transform these industries.

Find out how the Monash Sustainable Development Institute is making an impact.