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Join Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s executive team

Two exciting opportunities exist at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI): Professor and Deputy Director, Research; and Professor and Deputy Director, Enterprise. Professor and Deputy Director, Research This senior academic role will lead MSDI’s interdisciplinary research strategy by facilitating and…
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  • Date Published: 11th Sep 2017

Microbial quality of untreated stormwater in Australian catchments: human health perspectives

Summary Reusing stormwater runoff can improve water security by reducing demand for ground water and potable water supplies. Whilst the number of stormwater harvesting schemes in Australia is increasing, the full potential of stormwater as an alternate water source is…
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  • Date Published: 1st Aug 2017

Mechanisms for unpacking socio-institutional pathways for change: a research compendium from A4.1

This report brings together a rich body of work from across three key sub-projects of Program A, Project A4.1: institutional capacity, community receptivity, and co-design innovation. It outlines how the insights generated from the key research projects can assist with:…
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  • Date Published: 14th Aug 2017

Cheryl Batagol awarded Honourary Doctorate from Monash University

On May 21, 2017, Ms Cheryl Batagol was awarded an Honourary Doctorate from Monash University, in recognition of her outstanding leadership and lifetime contribution to sustainability, environmental protection, water, and waste and resource management. The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities…
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  • Date Published: 13th Jun 2017

Pesticide occurrence and spatio-temporal variability in urban run-off across Australia

Abstract Stormwater is a major driving factor of aquatic ecosystem degradation as well as one of the largest untapped urban freshwater resources. We present results from a long-term, multi-catchment study of urban stormwater pesticides across Australia that addresses this dichotomous…
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  • Date Published: 15th May 2017

Water in the city: Green open spaces, land use planning and flood management – An Australian case study

Abstract With increasing worldwide recognition of the influence of urban development on the hydrological functions of water, there is growing pressure for urban planning to play a greater role in water resources management. Planning for green open spaces in particular…
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  • Date Published: 20th Apr 2017

The interaction of risk allocation and governance arrangements in innovative urban stormwater and recycling projects

Abstract Successful innovation requires clarity around the identification and allocation of risk and the responsibilities of stakeholders in its management. The quest for water security in large cities has led to consideration of alternative water sources, which may involve new…
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  • Date Published: 21st Apr 2017

Valuing the benefits of local stormwater management

Introduction How much is the community willing to pay for additional improvements of local stormwater management? Which benefits are valued the most? Are these preferences reflected in current public policy? A recent study has found that the community places a very high…
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  • Date Published: 9th May 2017

Innovation for rapid denitrification in biofiltration systems

Abstract Biofiltration systems are an effective technology for removal of nitrogen from stormwater. It has recently been proposed to harness these systems for treatment of other water types (such as light wastewater and polluted groundwater) during dry weather periods. Light…
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  • Date Published: 1st Oct 2014

Phosphorus Fate and Dynamics in Greywater Biofiltration Systems

Abstract Phosphorus, a critical environmental pollutant, is effectively removed from stormwater by biofiltration systems, mainly via sedimentation and straining. However, the fate of dissolved inflow phosphorus concentrations in these systems is unknown. Given the growing interest in using biofiltration systems…
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  • Date Published: 21st Feb 2017

Designing living walls for greywater treatment

Abstract Greywater is being increasingly used as an alternative water source to reduce potable water demand and to alleviate pressure on sewerage systems. This paper presents the development of a low energy and low maintenance greywater treatment technology: a living…
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  • Date Published: 1st Mar 2017

Evaluation of sustainable electron donors for nitrate removal in different water media

Abstract An external electron donor is usually included in wastewater and groundwater treatment systems to enhance nitrate removal through denitrification. The choice of electron donor is critical for both satisfactory denitrification rates and sustainable long-term performance. Electron donors that are…
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  • Date Published: 15th Nov 2015

Integrative risk assessment and management for recycled water schemes: an Australian study

Presentation:  Integrative risk assessment and management for recycled water schemes: an Australian study. Presented by Camilla West at the  6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, 28 August - 1 September 2016, Davos, Switzerland.   Citation: West, C. (2016).  Integrative risk…
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  • Date Published: 28th Aug 2016

Why do residential recycled water schemes fail? A comprehensive review of risk factors and impact on objectives

Abstract In Australia, recycled water schemes have been implemented in residential developments to contribute to sustainable urban development, improve water supply security and reduce pollutant discharges to the environment. A proportion of these schemes, however, have been decommissioned well before…
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  • Date Published: 1st Oct 2016

Determination of operational and challenge conditions for validation of stormwater biofilters and wetlands

Abstract In Australia, guidelines have been developed for the validation of engineered treatment processes. However, these guidelines do not prescriptively address validation of passive water sensitive urban design (WSUD) treatment systems. The first step in developing validation guidelines for WSUD…
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  • Date Published: 1st Nov 2013
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