The Australia-Indonesia Centre partnered with Monash University to provide applied research experience for students in the Monash Graduate Research Industry Program.
Monash University’s Graduate Research Industry Program (GRIP) brings together PhD students and academic leaders from various fields with external partners to explore an issue of global significance. The Water and Sustainability in Asia stream of GRIP was established to support the transitioning of developing Asian cities to more sustainable, resilient and liveable conditions through the uptake of state-of-the-art water technologies, policy development and social practices. ‘Water GRIP’ is hosted by Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and combines interdisciplinary capabilities across the technical and social sciences.
The Australia-Indonesia Centre collaborated with 8 out of the 12 GRIP research students in the fields of technology and innovation, urban planning and design, and society, governance and transitions. Specific research topics investigated included social innovations for water management, bio-filters for urban agriculture and integrated urban water modelling. Students have undertook extensive fieldwork in cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya and Bogor.
Four of the GRIP students (Wikke Novalia, Adam Charette-Castonguay, Behzad Jamali and Martijn Kuller) successfully submitted their doctoral thesis in 2018, with the rest on track to submit in 2019.