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Monash University is an energetic and dynamic university committed to quality education, outstanding research and international engagement. A member of Australia’s Group of Eight research-intensive universities, it seeks to improve the human condition and is committed to a sustainable future. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Monash is also Australia’s most internationalised university with campuses in Malaysia and South Africa, centres in China, Italy and India, and numerous international partnerships and cooperative ventures. Monash has over 63,000 equivalent full-time students and almost 3,000 academic staff.

Monash University has a vast array of internal capability in promoting the aims of sustainable development with leading teaching and research strengths and expertise in health and wellbeing, smart healthy and productive cities, sustainability, advanced industries and materials, and resilient cultures and communities. Some of the key programs and centres are listed below under Member Projects.

Monash University hosts the SDSN Australia/Pacific Regional Network.

Member Projects

  1. Monash Sustainable Development Institute
    As one of the leading interdisciplinary research and education institutes for sustainable development in the world, the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is driven to find real solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing our world today. It brings together Monash University’s leading researchers – along with government, industry and the community – to focus on large-scale, interdisciplinary projects that address global issues aligned to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Its suite of world leading programs includes ClimateWorks Australia, which develops pathways to a low-carbon world, BehaviourWorks Australia, which studies behaviour change for sustainability and wellbeing, and other programs on water sensitive cities, sustainability leadership education and training, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. Monash Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability
    The Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash University produces high quality research on economic and social problems in the developing world, and environment and sustainability more generally. Research areas span micro-economic development—including health, education, micro-finance, migration and remittances, poverty measurement, impacts of climate change, program evaluation and experimental methods—to trade, macroeconomics and growth.
  3. Monash Water for Liveability
    Monash Water for Liveability consolidates all of Monash University’s considerable research and development efforts in advancing water sensitive cities that respond to issues of water conservation and water security, risk of flooding, degradation of urban waterways and rising temperatures, in a way that enhances the liveability of our cities and towns.
  4. Masters of International Development Practice
    The Master of International Development Practice is designed to develop professions with the practical skills and analytical capacity to address the complex political, economic, cultural and ecological challenges contributing to extreme poverty, reduced health, environmental vulnerability and fragile governance, factors that affect the wellbeing of millions of people worldwide.
  5. Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
    The Castan Centre seeks to promote and protect human rights through the generation and dissemination of public scholarship in international and domestic human rights law. It works through public education, policy, student programs, Indigenous programs, teaching, research, and human rights training.

Areas of Expertise