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MSDI's research seminar series aims to foster interdisciplinary conversations on the grand sustainable development challenges of our time. Through engaging speakers and topics, the series hopes to spark dialogue and collaboration across Monash University’s research community for a sustainable future.

Upcoming Events

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.

Past Events

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

This seminar will critically analyse the current legal approaches to plastic pollution at the global level. It will outline the historical growth of the global plastic industry and its waste with a particular focus on the issues on nanoplastic and microplastic 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”, will critically examine what modelling of transformative change means and could mean for transitions research and other disciplines that study societal change.

Benjamin Sovacool - Frameworks and evidence for accelerating energy and lowcarbon 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.

Wendy Stubbs - Sustainable business models and sustainability reporting

16 April 2020
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Watch this special talk by Associate Professor Wendy Stubbs, from Monash University's School of Social Sciences.

Tommy Wiedmann - Footprints and Transformations

17 March 2020
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos - Tertiary education and sustainability transitions?

6 February 2020
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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

Simon Joss - Is 'smart' the new 'sustainable'?

13 November 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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.

Andrew Mackintosh - Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

6 November 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

A new report from the IPCC 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.

Carl Grodach - Sustainable Futures For Industrial Lands

28 August 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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.

Darren Sharp - Transformative Urban Experimation

31 July 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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.

Charles Abraham - Making Behaviour Change Research Useful

26 July 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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.

Nicole Kalms - Designing Safer Cities for Women and Girls

17 July 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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.

Wikke Novalia - Unlocking transformative capacity in developing cities for sustainable development

19 June 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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. Practice and institutional theories are employed to diagnose actors' capacity to deliberately and creatively shape ongoing governance contexts by constructing narratives, establishing norms, and mobilising resources.

Kes McCormick - Can the sharing economy contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?

6 June 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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

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

20 May 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Jeremy's presentation will provide MSDI with insights on the role of evidence in public policies 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).

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

13 May 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

The human impact on our planet has caused changes that are outside the range of natural variability and are equivalent to major geological disruptions. In an era of planet-wide transformation, we need a new model for planet-wide environmental politics. In this presentation, Professor Biermann proposes "earth system" governance as just such a new paradigm, offering both analytical and normative perspectives.

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

8 May 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Research on the geography of innovation has been poorly attuned to the rising diversity in the forms and the ways in which innovation manifests in society, and its consequences. In this talk, Professor Coenen explores what the broadening of innovation might imply for its geographies. He explores suggestions for how we can critically engage with a normative turn in innovation studies and practices.

Alan Reid and Marcia McKenzie - Comparative Research on Sustainability in Education: Research-Policy Collaborations for Educational Change

10 April 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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 to support national and international policy-making. The projects were developed through a collaboration between international researchers, national and international organisations and UN agencies.

Sarah Kneebone - Accelerating Behaviour Change for Sustainable Development

27 March 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Behaviour change will be critical to realise the sustainable development goals. Dr Kneebone will introduce the ‘spillover effect’ — a phenomenon where participating in one behaviour can encourage or accelerate uptake of additional behaviours.

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

13 March 2019
MSDI, Conference room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Water Authorities have long been powerful drivers of global, national and local innovation for economic development, environmental enhancement and societal wellbeing. Accordingly, they play a critical role in progressing sustainable development.

Heli Askola - International Human Rights and the SDG's

6 March 2019
MSDI, Conference room A & B, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

International human rights principles and standards are crucial to achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Liz Campbell - Following the money: illicit financial flows and sustainable development

27 February 2019
MSDI Conference Room, 8 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

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.

Harriet Bulkeley - Nature’s New Urban Politics

26 February 2019
Room West 204, Level 2, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus

Drawing from ongoing work in the NATURVATION project, which she convenes, Professor Harriet Bulkeley will explore 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.