Sustainable development in 2022
There is a momentum for change across the world, throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific, nation-wide and from state to state, and in our local communities. As a resourceful country, Australia has a responsibility to share our knowledge and contribute to sustainable solutions for the benefit of our peoples and environments, as well as those of our region and beyond.
Here are just some of the year’s events, challenges and achievements that provided a backdrop for our sustainable development work at MSDI.
Geopolitical instability in the northern hemisphere had a marked impact on food and land security, and the rising cost of living and interest rates across the world. While covid restrictions continued to ease, international borders opened, leading friends, families and colleagues to reconnect and re-unite. More universities world-wide are now including the study of climate change as part of their education offering.
The Australian federal election put climate change at the centre of the nation’s agenda. As the country experienced its second year of La Nina, floods hit the eastern states, and the impacts of climate change form part of everyone’s daily experience. The collapse of the nation’s soft plastic recycling industry showed that we need more innovative solutions in line with the principles of a circular economy.
The newly elected federal government committed to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart and produced a Wellbeing budget. The First Peoples Assembly of Victoria and the Victorian Government reached agreement to enable Treaty negotiations between the Government and First Peoples. And across Monash and MSDI, staff and students returned to campus.
Our impact in 2022
Our programs, initiatives and activities contribute to our six Strategic Domains, helping to achieve our vision as we work with all levels of society: government, industry, institutions and communities.
To help us tell a story of sustainable development, we have chosen just a few of our projects and their achievements in 2022. To demonstrate how our work lives in the world, selected case studies share the stories and experiences of our partners, students and alumni.
At MSDI, our purpose is to advance the wellbeing of people and planet, for current and future generations. We work to understand, influence and transform systems for sustainable development in Australia and our region, collaborating with partners to build knowledge and capacity, and drive practical change.
At MSDI, we’ve been doing this work for 15 years and we continue to grow. Through our work, we help to create a world that is inclusive, just and sustainable. And our strategy contributes to Monash University’s ‘Impact 2030’ plan.
There are many parts to MSDI, from Climateworks Centre and BehaviourWorks Australia; to our collaborative programs which include: RISE, Fire to Flourish and Water Sensitive Cities Australia; to our Policy and Impact, Research, MSDI Water, Education, and operations teams; to leading projects such as Net Zero Precincts, the Citarum Action Research Program and Circular Textiles; and to our hosting of SDSN AusNZPac, running the Evidence Review Service and program delivery for McKinnon Institute for Political Leadership. Together, we bring a unique set of capabilities to our work. And we collaborate with our Monash University colleagues to contribute to the SDGs.
Awards and achievements
One of our BehaviourWorks Australia GRIP participants, Dr Kim Borg, wins Monash University's prestigious Mollie Holman award.
MSDI Water's Professor of Practice Chris Chesterfield was awarded the 2022 Paul Jerome Award.
SDSN AusNZPac Youth Coordinator, Izzy Zhu-Maguire, was nominated for a Green Gown Award as a Student Sustainability Champion.
2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards View
MSDI was a finalist in the Diversity and Inclusion category for our Social Inclusion Index.
Our Facilities Coordinator, Ronald Maskell, was a finalist in the Occupational Health & Safety category.
Also nominated in the Research and Education category was our behaviour change micro-credential, Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change, for Industry Education Programs. And Dr Darren Sharp's work on the Monash-ENGIE Net-Zero Alliance for Excellence in Enterprising Research.
Graduating PhD students View
Congratulations to our graduating PhD students from the Behaviour Change Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIP) program: Kim Borg, Fareed Kaviani, Dominique McCollum Coy, Wing Hsieh, Rebecca Stewart, Michaela Lang, Melissa Hatty, Madeleine Thomas, Lisa Wheildon and Eunice Wong.
Congratulations to graduating MSDI PhD students: Mark Boulet and Robyn Mansfield.
Behaviour Change GRIP program reaches major milestone View
MSDI’s Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIP) program applies behavioural science to help solve industry’s issues.
In 2018, BehaviourWorks Director Liam Smith, together with Felix Movondo from Monash Business School welcomed a cohort of PhD students together with eight government and industry partners and 41 supervisors to undertake policy-driven and solutions-focussed research through the Behaviour Change GRIP PhD program.
In 2020, we were delighted that Liam and Felix were recognised by the Australian Council of Graduate Research for their Excellence in Promoting Industry Engagement in Graduate Research.
And in 2022, we reached the last major milestone of the program with more than half of our 17 students completing their research. Ten students have now graduated and one student has their thesis under examination. There are four who will submit in the first half of 2023, with two more planning to submit in the future.
Our GRIP partners are Australia Post, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) (now Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action), VicHealth, Safer Care Victoria, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS), VicRoads, and WorkSafe Victoria.
And we are proud to say that our graduates' research is already having an impact. Here are just a few of their stories.
- Through Melissa Hatty’s research, Encouraging Victorians to connect with, and protect, nature, she created a new measure of connection to nature that DELWP (now DEECA) are using to monitor progress against their biodiversity plan.
- Alex Waddell published her first research paper, Barriers and facilitators to shared decision-making in hospitals from policy to practice: a systematic review in Implementation Science on 31 July 2021. And her work has changed the way Safer Care Victoria thinks about patient-centred care.
- The CEO of Australian Men’s Health Forum invited Rebecca Stewart to speak at their research symposium where she shared her research, Rewriting the rules of what it means to be a man’ which explores strategies to engage men and boys in challenging outdated masculine stereotypes.
- Lisa Wheildon provided advice to both the Victorian and Qld governments on establishing victim survivor panels/voices, and her work is informing work in Manchester (UK) to centre the voices of those with lived experience of gender-based violence in the development of policies and services.
Our graduated students have gone out into the world – either academia or industry – where they are applying their lessons to create a shared understanding of significant global issues and inspiring positive change.
Our achievements are thanks to you.
At MSDI, we would like to thank our staff for their passion and impact through their work, our Monash University collaborators for their partnership and co-creation, our advisory and governance boards for their guidance, our peers and partners for their valuable contributions, our funders for their support, our students for their commitment, and our guest speakers for their generous intelligence.
You help to build a momentum that creates a shared sustainable future.
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