Accelerating Asian urban water management

Graduate researchers prepare for fieldwork in Asian cities.

Graduate researchers prepare for fieldwork in Asian cities.

Monash hosted a showcase event last week to share research by the Water and Sustainability in Asia Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program (GRIP).

Led by Professors Ana Deletic and Rebekah Brown, the innovative PhD program brings together 13 graduate researchers from Arts and Engineering to develop and strengthen links to private industry and government, ensuring that research contributes to solving real-world problems.

Event attendees comprised a broad cross-section of industries and sectors, including representatives from World Vision, EPA Victoria, Jacobs, E2Design Lab, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Engineers Without Borders and WaterAid.

Chosen from more than 400 applicants, the 13 graduate researchers in the PhD program presented ways in which they are supporting the transition of developing Asian cities to become more sustainable, resilient and liveable by integrating areas of technology, design and governance using a holistic approach.

There was also an exciting announcement on the night by the Director of the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Paul Ramadge, of a $2.1 million commitment to collaborative research between Australia and Indonesia through the creation of the Resilient Communities research cluster, ‘Developing leapfrogging pathways towards water sensitive cities’. 

The cluster will be led by the Monash Sustainability Institute in partnership with Engineering, Arts, and Art, Design and Architecture and will support mutual learning opportunities between Surabaya and Melbourne, with a view of assisting Indonesian cities to leapfrog to the world’s best urban water technologies. 

For more information on the program, check out the Water and Sustainability in Asia GRIP webpage, and find out more about the Resilient Communities research cluster announcement.