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AI and data science for sustainable development

Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), Data Futures Institute (DFI) and Better Governance & Policy, invite you to a presentation of a suite of joint interdisciplinary research projects looking to mobilise artificial intelligence (AI) and data science for better sustainable development policies, governance and outcomes.

Research seminar series

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.

Previous Events

Globalisation and the COVID-19 Recovery

13 August 2020
Online

Join President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Professor Margaret Gardner AC, in a special conversation with world-renowned economist and leader in sustainable development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs. This session will be of great interest to all observers of global social and economic developments in the wake of the pandemic.

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

18 June 2020
Online

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.

Planetary Health Dialogues - Sustainable healthcare

Please join us for the first installment of our new webinar series, Planetary Health Dialogies. For our first webinar, we are discussing the need for healthcare to be more sustainable - economically, socially and environmentally. This includes energy efficiency and renewable energy, more sustainable food and transport systems, reduced hospital waste and the future of sustainable production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical commodities for health.

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

27 May 2020
Online

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.

Post-industrial vacancy: Sustainable futures for industrial lands?

28 August 2019

Professor and Director of  Urban Planning as well as Design Director of the Monash Urban Lab, Carl Grodach, delivers a seminar about the challenges and opportunities in planning for the future of industrial and manufacturing spaces in cities.

Explore the Dark Arts

22 August 2019
Dialogue, 27-29 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne

Research Fellow Abby Wild joins host Geoff Paine to discuss scammers, grifters, players, and swindlers.

Long Term Planning Under Deep Uncertainty

3 July 2019

In this presentation, Dr Shirin Malekpour will unpack robust transformative planning as a process for developing infrastructure strategies that are path-breaking, and at the same time can cope with changing circumstances.

Social Systems Evidence webinar: Top ten insights into expanding Social Systems Evidence to cover environmental factors

20 June 2019

This webinar will present an overview of how the Social Systems Evidence database will support policymakers, stakeholders and researchers who are working to achieve the SDGs in the areas of climate change, energy, the environment, and natural resources.

Ready for some mind games?

6 June 2019
Dialogue, 27-29 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne

Research Fellow Fraser Tull joins host Geoff Paine to conduct some live behavioural experiments.

NERDiness Day 2019

Jeremy Hall will be in Melbourne on 20 May 2019 for a special presentation entitled "Putting evidence into practice – Measuring and changing norms of evidence use in policy". Jeremy will explore how an organisation's culture shapes the way it makes decisions.

Sustainable finance: New data for investors on environmental performance

20 March 2019
Dialogue - Gorman Room, 50 Lonsdale Street

ClimateWorks Australia is delighted to invite you to a discussion with Ben Caldecott, Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford on the role of finance in limiting climate change to well below 2 degrees and new tools for investors to manage the risks and opportunities.

The Change Room - The Wheel of Bias

14 March 2019
Dialogue Event Centre, 27-29 Little Lonsdale Street

This year, there's even more laughs and more learnings.

National Sustainable Living Festival Great Debate

8 February 2019
The Dome,Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

What’s the best game plan for large scale rapid change?

Rethinking business: Mariana Mazzucato

14 December 2018
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne

How can business leaders and policy-makers work together to achieve economic growth that is both smart and inclusive? Can we rethink the relationship between the public and private sectors to develop economic policy that is more dynamic, long-term and led by innovation?

The Value of Everything: Mariana Mazzucato

13 December 2018
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

How do we make economic growth innovative, inclusive and sustainable? And what role should government and the public sector play in creating real value in the economy?

The Change Room - You can't be serious?

22 November 2018
Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Join Geoff Paine and Breanna Wright in our final Change Room for the year, as we bring behavioural insights and interventions to topics like #Metoo, family violence, social exclusion and the dark ends of the internet.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs: A New Age of Sustainable Development - Australia, Asia and The World

15 October 2018
Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Monash Sustainable Development Institute, in partnership with SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific, is delighted to present world-renowned professor of economics and leader in sustainable development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs in Melbourne.

The Change Room - Behaviour Change and Comedy

16 August 2018
Dialogue Event Centre, 27-29 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne (enter from Madame Brussells lane)

Comedy can get our attention and make us see things differently, but is it effective when it comes to behaviour change?

Public event: The ethics of government behaviour change programs - Peter Singer and Kym Peake

18 July 2018
The Hotel Windsor - Bourke Room, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne

Governments are expanding their toolkit on ways to influence our behaviour in positive but subtle ways.

The Change Room - Trials and Tribulations

17 May 2018
Dialogue, 27-29 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

The Change Room is a new series of live events presented by BehaviourWorks Australia where we share quirky truths from the behavioural sciences to give you, the audience, a better understanding of why people behave the way they do.

Melbourne Development Circle - Applying behavioural science for development presented by Dr Stefan Kaufman

8 May 2018
City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Dudley Street, Melbourne

Nearly all development outcomes depend on changing human behaviour, and yet the recent behavioural science ‘revolution’ in public good work is only just beginning to influence the development sector.

Engineers Australia: Food Energy Water Nexus - Breaking Silos presented by Dr Shirin Malekpour

11 April 2018
Engineers Australia -  Level 31, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne

This mini symposium and panel discussion will explore the unique synergy between each of the three critical asset areas.

Smart Phones Dumb People - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

9 April 2018
Powder Room, Melbourne Town Hall

BehaviourWorks Australia presents Smart Phones Dumb People.

Public event: Professor Muhammad Yunus

19 March 2018
The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

In partnership with Grameen Australia, Monash University is delighted to host Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for the launch of his new book – A World of Three Zeroes.

Sustainable Living Festival - Big Weekend

9-11 February 2018
Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Visit the MSDI stand at the Sustainable Living Festival's Big Weekend.

Public event: Sustainable Living Festival's Great Debate

9 February 2018
The Dome, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Anna Skarbek, CEO of ClimateWorks Australia will be taking part in the Sustainable Living Festival's Great Debate for 2018.

Aromar Revi: The role of cities in solving the world’s sustainable development challenges

10 May 2016
Swanston Room, Melbourne Town Hall

Today, 50% of the world’s 7 billion people live in cities; by 2050, this will rise to 70%.

People Planet Prosperity: The SDGs and why they matter for Australia

19 October 2015
Federation Square, Melbourne

Over 350 people gathered at Federation Square on Monday19 October for a free public seminar on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and why they matter for Australia.