Informal Cities Lab
The Informal Cities Lab seeks to address wicked, multidimensional challenges through research and development activities spanning spatial, social and economic dimensions.
We do so through engaging with a coalition of partners working across sectors and disciplines.
We pursue a research model – Transdisciplinary Impact Research – which sets an arc from discovery research (new knowledge and innovation) that can go on to be tested on the ground through implementation working closely with governments, communities and the development sector.
Candidates undertaking Monash University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are challenged to apply new thinking to interpret - and solve - complex questions through an embedded or live project model. Here are some of the projects they're currently investigating aligned to ICL research projects.
Graduate research opportunities
Opportunities exist to join the Informal Cities Lab PhD cohort. Refer to the links below for information on how to apply.
The project aims to design, deliver and monitor a socio-technical intervention in a strategic location in the upper river catchment of the Citarum River. We aim to develop evidence through a rigorous program of research in ecological health, well-being and community resilience to climate change.
Working with communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, RISE is co-designing location-specific solutions that integrate green infrastructure, such as constructed wetlands, to strengthen the whole-of-life water and sanitation cycle. We aim to develop evidence through a rigorous program of research in ecological health, and human health and well-being.
Major program milestone reached as demonstration site officially opens.
19 Oct 2019
Monash University and Emory University have announced a partnership to conduct research into gender-responsive design of water and sanitation services for the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised living in urban informal settlements.
16 Apr 2019