2018 BANKSIA RESEARCH AND ACADEMIA AWARD

OUR WINNERS

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2018 BANKSIA RESEARCH AND ACADEMIA AWARD

 

 

Finalists:
• Greening Australia, TAS
• SDSN Australia, NZ & Pacific, VIC

Winner:
Monash Sustainable Development Institute, VIC

We live in a world with all kinds of passionate, innovative individuals – working hard to improve our planet, and the lives of those on it. But to make sure the world meets the needs of future generations, we need to act today. To bring the thinkers and doers together with a platform to collaborate, to educate, to implement – and to make an even bigger impact both here in Australia and around the world. Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is that platform. As one of the leading interdisciplinary research and education institutes for sustainable development around the globe, MSDI is driven to find real solutions to some of the most significant challenges facing our world today.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – agreed to by 193 countries in 2015 – give us a pathway to achieving a more liveable and just world. To achieve the SDGs however, we need to transform the way we do business and universities, in collaboration with actors across all sectors, have a significant role to play in achieving improved conditions for the planet and its people.

We are partnering with the best individuals from across Monash, academia, government, industry and our communities to meet the complex and interconnected challenges posed by the SDGs. Co-designing research and education initiatives allows us to harness the full potential of our partnerships and to expand our reach and our influence.

From creating pathways for deep decarbonisation, enabling State Governments to set 2050 net zero emissions targets, and collaborating to revitalise informal settlements in Fiji and Indonesia, to helping increase vaccination rates in Victoria, and advancing the debate on microfinance effectiveness in addressing poverty and gender empowerment, all of our work connects to the UN SDGs. We are united by a single purpose – to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.