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Australian Sustainable Development Institute

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Regional Development

The field of sustainable development has grown to the point where it has become an integral part of scientific, business, community and political activity across the world. No longer limited to narrow environmental interpretations, the concept of sustainable development now encompasses a host of different approaches that have broadened our understanding both of what sustainability means and of how it can best be achieved.

The effects of population grown and economic development have brought unprecedented changes to the ways in which human societies engage with their natural and built environments. Around the world, societies have, in different respects, increasingly put strains on natural resources in ways that urge new perspectives and new solutions.

In many cases, the most innovative thinking is emerging through collaborative strategies and policies generated when communities, governments, business and academics work side-by-side. Highly complex – and increasingly international – concerns such as climate change, food shortages, urban sprawl, energy crises, water supply, biodiversity loss and geopolitical instability are now best viewed through a multi-perspective lens.

Established in 2008, the Australian Sustainable Development Institute (ASDI) enables a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable development both for Australia and for the rest of the world. Many Curtin-based research groups work under the ASDI umbrella. While each brings individual expertise, their collaborative potential presents opportunities for developing the most innovative solutions to the complex challenges of sustainable development.

ASDI facilitates the collaboration of different groups across Curtin, as necessary, to engage in sharing knowledge and producing outcomes that benefit society. ASDI plays a leadership and a coordinating role in working both with on-campus research groups and with external clients at the state and national levels. In addition, many ASDI groups have international linkages, ensuring both the transfer of knowledge from the University to other areas around the world, and access to best international practice by our research, teaching and planning staff.

The implication of this broad collective approach for communities, governments and businesses is a rich model of sustainable development research, teaching and advocacy that can assist with addressing environmental, social and economic problems in a comprehensive manner and on a global scale. ASDI also encompasses training graduates with a rich understanding of the field to enable them to become leaders for the next generation.