Past Seminars

Past Seminars

Recent advancements in using big data to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals

28 October 2021

Jointly organised by the Monash Data Futures Institute and Monash Sustainable Development Institute, this seminar will present findings from a review of recent advancements in the use of big data to support SDGs monitoring.

Investment decision framework for water sensitive urban designs

14 October 2021

Many cities and urban areas, policy makers and water utilities are facing challenges of meeting human and environmental demands for water. This will describe the process of development, testing and application of INFFEWS (Investment Framework for Economics of Water Sensitive Cities).

Behaviour in transitions

9 September 2021

Sustainability transitions require substantial change in lifestyles and for behaviour change in the way we produce and consume. Links between behaviour and systems change, however, aren’t well understood. This seminar presents a review of current contributions on behaviour from transitions research.

Climate change communication: the media, the public, and the messaging

12 August 2021

The media plays an important role in both framing and reflecting public understanding of issues such as climate change. This seminar presents research examining the media’s representation of climate change and how this has changed over time.

Earth observation, big data analytics, and sustainable development

15 July 2021

Jointly organised by the Monash Data Futures Institute and MSDI, this seminar covered the recent advancement in the use of public open earth observation satellite data and cloud computing to support national reporting on the SDGs.


10 June 2021

Tremendous research, policy and investment is directed towards a new wave of automation in modern societies. This seminar notes criticism about the future essentialism in this space, and turns to innovations in the marginal industrious spaces of industrial societies.

Coping with COVID-19

13 May 2021

People with disability are amongst the most vulnerable to economic and social harm. Women with disability are especially vulnerable to violence, poor health and economic exclusion. This seminar looks at how the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened exclusion for people with a disability, especially women.

Global environmental change and planetary health

22 Apr 2021

This talk reviews some of the most critical environmental issues facing us at the global level and how we need to act locally to solve them. This seminar weaves together discussion of global land cover change, surface water pollution, climate change, biodiversity protection and their monitoring and modelling in a broader context of planetary health.

Nature-based solutions for urban transitions

11 March 2021

Professor Niki Frantzeskaki, from Swinburne University of Technology, will deliver this seminar about dealing with climate pressures and urban injustices, as well as how it is shaping new emerging opportunities for liveability and resilience.

Assessing global material use and greenhouse gas emissions to 2060

11 February 2021

This talk reviews the current Australian resource use trajectories and situates them in a global context and discusses a shift towards sustainable urban and industrial systems in Australia. It is based on research and modelling for the UNEP International Resource Panel and research for the Australian Federal government.

Data and transformations to sustainability

10 December 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered accelerated adoption of digital technologies in many parts of the world and has enabled many people to carry on social, economic and education activities amidst restrictions of physical contact.

Public sector decisions and the SDGs

5 November 2020

Sustainable Development is an internationally, nationally and locally accepted policy concept. Despite this acceptance, it can be hard to reconcile its incorporation in primary and subordinate legislation with the public outcomes delivered. In this presentation, Dr Mitzi Bolton discusses recent research that seeks to understand why this disparity exists, and what might be done to address it.

Eating Green with Dr Jorja Collins

10 September 2020

Dr Jorja Collins will describe her team's work looking at environmental sustainability in hospital food services, and the opportunities that exist to optimise food systems and health care systems for a sustainable future.

Global Plastic Pollution and its Regulation

13 August 2020

Plastic pollution has become a huge global problem. In this talk, Associate Professor Gerry Nagtzaam from Monash Law discusses the current legal approaches being used to counteract it, and explores the history of the plastic industry and its waste.

Modelling transitions has been part and parcel of the research into socio-technical and socio-economic transitions

18 June 2020

In this talk, the editors of the recent Routledge volume entitled “Modelling Transitions: Virtues, Vices, Visions of the Future”, critically examined what modelling of transformative change means and could mean for transitions research and other disciplines that study societal change.

Frameworks and evidence for accelerating energy and low carbon transitions

27 May 2020

Professor Benjamin Sovacool, from the University of Sussex, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), explains why transitioning away from our current global energy system is of paramount importance.

Sustainable business models and sustainability reporting

16 April 2020

Listen to Associate Professor Wendy Stubbs, from Monash University's School of Social Sciences, talk about business models for sustainability.

Footprints and Transformations

17 March 2020

This presentation summarises the last seven years of research in the Sustainability Assessment Program at the University of NSW, Sydney.

Tertiary education and sustainability transitions

6 February 2020

In this talk Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, from MSDI's Education team, presents her interrogation into whether tertiary education influences the ability of students to contribute to sustainability transitions.

Is 'smart' the new 'sustainable'?

13 November 2019

Simon Joss, Professor of Urban Futures, Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow, reports the findings of a recent study charting the 'smart city' discourse globally.

Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

6 November 2019

A new IPCC report shows that climate change is causing significant melting of the cryosphere and global impacts. Drawing on examples from his own research, Andrew Mackintosh, Professor and Head of the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, discusses the physical changes in the cryosphere that are leading to these impacts.

Sustainable Futures For Industrial Lands

28 August 2019

Can urban policy make room for manufacturing in central cities? Can we encourage new approaches to zoning that create real land use diversity and a mix of employment opportunities? Carl Grodach, Professor and Director of Urban Planning, investigates.

Transformative Urban Experimentation

31 July 2019

In this presentation, MSDI's Dr Darren Sharp explores how social learning, institutional arrangements, dynamics of transformation and capture and new urban imaginaries can drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability.

Making Behaviour Change Research Useful

26 July 2019

Professor Abraham explores how scientists can optimise behaviour change research to maximise impact and relevance to practice. He also looks at intervention design and evaluation, and intervention mapping.

Designing Safer Cities for Women and Girls

17 July 2019

Dr Kalms outlines the geo-locative mapping projects being undertaken by the XYX Lab - Safer Cities and the Gender Equality Map. These design research projects explore how gender-sensitive approaches can positively shape design practices and policy in cities.

Unlocking transformative capacity in developing cities for sustainable development

19 June 2019

Wikke Novalia, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, explores how urban actors can steer and direct contemporary infrastructure investment, with examples from two Indonesian cities.

Can the sharing economy contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?

6 June 2019

In this seminar, Associate Professor Kes McCormick analyses the development, progress and impact of Sharing Cities Sweden.

Putting evidence into practice: The Norms of Evidence and Research in Decision‐making (NERD) scale

20 May 2019

In this presentation Professor Jeremy Hall, from the University of Central Florida, provides insights on the role of evidence in public policy making and organizational strategies (that is a crucial element for the successful transformation of public and private systems for realising the SDGs and is a key focus of several MSDI activities).

Towards Earth System Governance: Planetary Politics in the 21st Century

13 May 2019

In this presentation, Professor Biermann proposes "earth system" governance as a new paradigm and model for planet-wide environmental politics to deal with the seismic, planet-wide transformation we're undergoing.

Expanding and evolving geographies of innovation: existing paradigms, critiques and possible alternatives

8 May 2019

In this talk, Professor Lars Coenen explores what the diversification of innovation might imply for the way it manifests in society and in different places. He explores suggestions for how we can critically engage with a normative turn in innovation studies and practices.

Comparative Research on Sustainability in Education: Research-Policy Collaborations for Educational Change

10 April 2019

Associate Professor Alan Reid from Monash Education and Professor Marcia McKenzie, Director of the Sustainability Education Research Institute from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada share the methods and results of several large comparative research projects, which have been working to provide data and support national and international policy-making in education.

Accelerating Behaviour Change for Sustainable Development

27 March 2019

Behaviour change is critical to realising the sustainable development goals. In this talk, Dr Sarah Kneebone from MSDI's BehaviourWorks team, introduces the ‘spillover effect' — a phenomenon where participating in one behaviour can encourage or accelerate uptake of additional behaviours.

Transforming Integrated Water Management: How water authorities can lead the way to achieve integrated sustainable development

13 March 2019

Water Authorities have long been powerful drivers of global, national and local innovation for economic development, environmental enhancement and societal wellbeing. MSDI's Dr Paul Satur looks at the critical role they play in progressing sustainable development.

International Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

6 March 2019

International human rights principles and standards are crucial to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this talk, Associate Professor Heli Askola from Monash Law looks at how international human rights instruments can be used to assess the implementation of the SDGs.

Following the money: illicit financial flows and sustainable development

27 February 2019

Enhancing justice and security throughout the Global south, and achieving sustainable development, requires sufficient and appropriately deployed assets. In this talk, Professor Campbell shares her work on the nexus between sustainable development and illicit financial flows.

Nature's New Urban Politics

26 February 2019

Drawing from ongoing work in the NATURVATION project, which she convenes, Professor Harriet Bulkeley explores how nature is being framed as integral to urban spaces in ways that run strongly counter to modernist conceptions of its separation from the city.