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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 April 2020
Listen to Associate Professor Wendy Stubbs, from Monash University's School of Social Sciences, talk about business models for sustainability.
17 March 2020
This presentation summarises the last seven years of research in the Sustainability Assessment Program at the University of NSW, Sydney.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 June 2019
In this seminar, Associate Professor Kes McCormick analyses the development, progress and impact of Sharing Cities Sweden.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.