Monash Sustainable Development Institute
We are a world leading institute bringing about change all over the world through pioneering research, education and innovation. Our success is driven by our passion and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place for all.
What is sustainable development?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the guiding framework for all our operations, education and research work at MSDI.
How we make an impact
Our comprehensive systems change toolkit is helping us turn Monash’s best knowledge into practical and real-world solutions.
We bring together over 180 researchers, educators, doctoral students and professionals to tackle the biggest global challenges of our times.
Our people in focus
What do you get when you mix engineering, social science and an interest in sustainability? MSDI Water Director and Fire to Flourish CEO Briony Rogers has always worked across boundaries in studies, sectors and spaces.
MSDI and Climateworks Centre Chair John Thwaites AM has a talent for building connections across all sectors and a champion for public policy and sustainability, all of which have led to the ongoing success of many of our projects.
How did childhood afternoon teas help shape MSDI Director Tony Capon’s sustainability journey? For him, it all began with his great-grandmother’s powerful stories about the worth of all living things.
Human health depends on thriving oceans
A new Lancet article, published in conjunction with World Oceans Day, is an analysis of the intrinsic links between human health and ocean conservation, and highlights the critical role of oceans in carbon storage, climate regulation, food provision, and even medicinal resources.
Educating for sustainable development in a world of complexity
Monash Sustainable Development Institute collaborated with the Faculty of Education to explore educator attitudes and perceptions towards managing the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity associated with 21st century challenges; including the teaching of social and emotional competencies to students of sustainable development.
Monash and CSIRO partnership tackles plastic waste to revitalise Indonesia's Citarum River
CSIRO, Monash University (co-led by Monash Art, Design & Architecture and MSDI) and Indonesian partners, Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Padjadjaran, are working with local governments and communities to develop and implement a waste monitoring program that will benefit both the environment and people of the Citarum River, West Java.
Understanding drivers, barriers and lived experiences for Net Zero Precinct futures: stage 1 report released
A new report sheds light on the drivers, barriers, and opportunities for achieving a net zero precinct in the vibrant Clayton area. It combines insights from both a transition management and design anthropology perspective, providing valuable insights for policymakers, urban planners, industry, government and community members.
Angelica Di Camillo on Green Steps, climate action and “reframing the narrative”
Green Steps alumna Angelica Di Camillo leaves no stone unturned when it comes to climate action. Through engineering, consulting and political campaigning, she has taken unexpected paths in pursuit of a just future for people and planet.