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The Conversation: How to move energy policy models beyond bias and vested interests

21 Aug 2018

Modelling should be a chance to test your assumptions, not just confirm them.

Green Steps 2018

1 Aug 2018

Apply for one of 25 places in the award-winning Green Steps sustainability leadership program.

Why Coles’ plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

1 Aug 2018

Offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use, while banning lightweight bags can increase the use of heavier plastic bags (such as bin liners). Coles’ decision brings out the worst of both worlds.

Documentary: Death of Corporate Greed? - A Different Lens

31 July 2018

Professor Rod Glover and other Monash experts discuss how profit and ethical behaviour are no longer mutually exclusive in the business world – they must go hand-in-hand.

Podcast: Humans of Purpose - John Thwaites

30 July 2018

MSDI Chair, Professor John Thwaites speaks with Humans of Purpose podcast about MSDI, the SDGs, climate change, behaviour change and more.

Science alone can’t save us, say scientists

26 July 2018

MSDI Director, Professor Rebekah Brown featured in Cosmos Magazine for the launch of Nature Sustainability Australia.

Opting out of My Health Records? Here’s what you get with the status quo

26 July 2018

If you’re opting out of My Health Records, you’re opting in to “business as usual”. So it’s important to know what the current system looks like.

Here’s a funny thing: can comedy really change our environmental behaviours?

19 July 2018

While comedy can certainly soften a message, can it really change our behaviour?

Radio interview: How to break up with plastics

16 July 2018

Kim Borg from BehaviourWorks Australia speaks Radio Adelaide about the plastic waste problem.

Why the wealthy should pay a charity levy

13 July 2018

Professor Dave Griggs and Associate Professor Liam Smith have proposed a new system for distributing wealth more evenly and help to balance social inequalities.

How to break up with plastics (using behavioural science)

13 July 2018

Single-use plastics are convenient, but it’s time to phase them out.

Radio interview: Should we have a charity levy for high-income earners?

13 July 2018

Liam Smith, Director of BehaviourWorks Australia, speaks with 6PR Perth.

Australia falls further in rankings on progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals

11 July 2018

Australia is performing worse than most other advanced countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the global SDG Index.

TV interview: Ride Share bike companies quit Australia

10 July 2018

PhD candidate Conor Wynn speaks with Channel 10 news in Sydney about why the share bike concept has failed in Australia.

Report: Built to Perform

3 July 2018

Energy standards in Australia’s National Construction Code must be urgently upgraded if new buildings are to be fit and ready for a zero carbon future, according to a new report prepared by ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council.

Australia must embrace transformation for a sustainable future

19 June 2018

Australia needs to embrace transformative change if it's to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But what is transformative change and how do we achieve it?

ClearWater Masterclass Series 2018

14 June 2018

Professionals across local government, water corporations and water catchment authorities have come together for a series of 16 Masterclasses run by Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) to explore best practice in Integrated Water Management (IWM).

Report: The State of Electric Vehicles in Australia (second report)

14 June 2018

Australia’s electric vehicle industry grew slightly last year, according to this new report, released by the Electric Vehicle Council and ClimateWorks Australia.

Report: Plug & Play 2

15 May 2018

ClimateWorks Australia and Seed Advisory have released a new report with recommendations designed to improve transparency, oversight and representation of customer interests in electricity network access requirements.

SDSN Youth receives $1 million in funding

30 April 2018

The outstanding work undertaken by the student-founded SDSN Youth over the past three years has been acknowledged with an unexpected  $1 million in philanthropic funding for the initiative.

Education units taught by MSDI achieve 'outstanding' status

12 April 2018

Three units taught by the broad team of Monash Sustainable Development Institute educators have been acknowledged as ‘outstanding’ in terms of overall satisfaction over 2017/18.

BehaviourWorks at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

10 April 2018

Smart Phones, Dumb People: BehaviourWorks Australia showcases behavioural science at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

MSDI business student awarded prize in international competition

5 April 2018

MSDI business student named 2018 Aim2Flourish winner for Sustainable Development Goal #7

Rural Sri Lankan women in agriculture - joint research findings released

29 March 2018

Findings on joint research carried out by Oxfam Australia, Oxfam Sri Lanka and Monash University, on the participation of rural women in agriculture across three districts of Sri Lanka has been released.

Monash student social business competition winners announced

28 March 2018

Four teams have been awarded prize money to help launch their innovative social business ideas in Monash University’s inaugural Leave No One Behind student entrepreneurship competition.

MSDI welcomes 18 PhD candidates to Monash University

27 March 2018

MSDI has welcomed 18 new PhD candidates to Monash University as part of the Behaviour Change Graduate Industry Research Partnership (GRIP).

Event: Professor Muhammad Yunus - A World of Three Zeroes

26 March 2018

Nobel Peace Prize laureate launches his new book outlining a vision for tackling inequality, unemployment and environmental degradation.

Australian SDG Summit 2018

23 March 2018

Leaders and decision makers from over 200 government, business, civil society, academic and youth organisations from across Australia gathered in Melbourne in March 2018 for the second Australian SDG Summit.

RISE Makassar communities gather on World Water Day

22 March 2018

World Water Day 2018 asks, “How can we use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century – floods, droughts and water pollution?”

Monash partners with three prominent Asia Pacific universities for RISE

19 March 2018

Monash University has signed partnership agreements with three of the Asia Pacific’s most highly regarded universities - Hasanuddin University (UNHAS) in Indonesia; and, Fiji National University (FNU) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji - for the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program.

Australian energy expert appointed Professorial Fellow

12 March 2018

Chloe Munro AO will work across multiple faculties and institutes to advance energy policy research, natural resources policy, and to link research to the needs of industry and government.

The power of consumer habit: why businesses often struggle to expand overseas

5 March 2018

One of the reasons why some companies fail in their expansions, is that their business models don’t sufficiently account for differences in consumers’ habits.

ClimateWorks Australia joins major new international project

1 March 2018

ClimateWorks to map international and national pathways towards more sustainable land and food systems.

Monash formalises partnership with Wellcome Sanger Institute for RISE

26 February 2018

Monash University has just signed a five-year research collaboration agreement with world-leading centre in genomic discovery and understanding, the Wellcome Sanger Institute for the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments program.

Event: National Sustainable Living Festival's Great Debate 2018

16 February 2018

Do we have the capability to reverse global warming within a meaningful time frame?

Energy Transitions paper published in prestigious interdisciplinary journal

15 February 2018

Paper on exploratory modelling for long term planning is featured in a special issue of Energy Research and Social Science.

Report: The Bottom Line – household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code

8 February 2018

Australia can cost-effectively strengthen residential energy efficiency standards in the Building Code and cut heating and cooling energy use by up to 51 per cent.

MSDI appoints Deputy Directors

25 January 2018

MSDI is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Deputy Directors in the areas of Research, Enterprise and Education.

Three reasons why share-bikes don’t fit Australian culture

25 January 2018  

To understand Australian culture and see why it’s problematic for share-bikes, let’s compare it to one of our neighbours – Singapore.

To end share-bike dumping, focus on how to change people’s behaviour

17 January 2018  

If we deal with why people are behaving badly, then we’ll see fewer of these bikes stuck up trees or clogging rivers.

MSDI 2017 Annual Activity Report

2 January 2018

The 2017 MSDI Annual Activity Report is now available to view and download.

MSDI partners with United Nations University for RISE

28 November 2017

This partnership will greatly assist RISE to streamline implementation and move through to effective policy dialogue with a wide network of international institutions and organisations.

With a few smart moves, we can relieve the pressure on gas

23 November 2017

The largest opportunity to reduce gas demand exists in industry, through improved energy efficiency as a result of reusing waste heat and upgrading boilers.

Children given a voice through RISE Dreaming activity in Fiji

20 November 2017

Children participate in RISE community consultation by designing their ideal neighbourhood

Transforming Harmful Social Norms in the Solomon Islands – A Research Project Launching Event

17 November 2017

To contribute to the global 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender-based Violence, a launching event of a research project on “Transforming Harmful Social Norms in the Solomon Islands” was held on November 14th, 2017 at the Queen Victoria Women’s Trust Centre in Melbourne.

Documentary: Sustainable Futures

8 November 2017

As the planet’s resources continue to diminish, we must look to research, innovation and collaboration to deliver a sustainable world for future generations. Monash researchers and industry experts offer insights into the known solutions that will create a sustainable future.

Professor John Thwaites' contributions to sustainability recognised

2 November 2017

The Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards recognise Australian business executives and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change.

Monash University supports the New Urban Agenda in Indonesia and Fiji

31 October 2017

Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) is supporting the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Leave No One Behind-Pitch Event

20 October 2017

Twenty-one students representing nine teams have been shortlisted for the final stage of the inaugural Leave No One Behind social business competition.

Professor Rebekah Brown and Monash colleagues honoured for their contribution to Social Sciences

19 October 2017

Four Monash academics – including Monash Sustainable Development Institute Director Rebekah Brown – have been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. The honour is in recognition of their distinguished contributions to their disciplines and to society.

What's driving our planet's destruction?

13 October 2017

Professor Dave Griggs speaks with the Australian Conservation Foundation

Monash to become Australia’s first 100% renewable energy powered university

10 October 2017

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the Net Zero initiative was the most ambitious project of its kind undertaken by an Australian university.

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