The Symposium at RMIT University is designed to foster and facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects.
RMIT University will host the “Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in Asia Pacific”, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, HAW Hamburg, under the auspices of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP).
The aim of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme, established at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities 2014 in Manchester is to provide a platform, on which member universities may undertake research on matters related to sustainable development and to assemble interdisciplinary, cross-Faculty teams among its member universities, focusing on sustainable development, with a keen interest to engage on bidding for national and international sustainability research projects.
The Symposium at RMIT University is designed to foster and facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice. It is not limited to a specific discipline, but intentionally seeks to promote sustainable development research across multiple disciplines.
Four key themes will be explored at the conference:
- Education for Sustainability
- Sustainable Cities
- Sustainable Buildings
- Sustainable Infrastructure
A further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on sustainable development research in the Asia-Pacific today. To this purpose, a peer-reviewed book titled Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the Asia-Pacific will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be part of the award-winning World Sustainability Series, published by Springer, one of the world's top five scientific publishers.
Jeff Oatman, Senior Manager – Market Engagement, Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
Joining the GBCA in 2010, Jeff started work in Green Star certification where he oversaw the certification of more than 700 Green Star projects - from hospitals to hotels, schools to shopping centres, office towers to large-scale community developments the size of new cities. Jeff spearheaded the GBCA's continuous improvement strategy that has reduced Green Star assessment times, increased cost-effectiveness of certification and boosted customer satisfaction.
He currently works with the GBCA Market Development team where his role focusses on working with industry to help align the GBCA’s products and services to their organisational sustainability strategies. Originally from Canada, Jeff has come to Sydney via South Korea, where he worked in commercial leasing transaction management for a global real estate consulting firm.
Professor Kerry Shepherd
Kerry is Professor of Higher Education Development at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has a background in the biological sciences and extensive experience as university teacher and researcher before developing particular interests in learning and teaching. Kerry's interests span policy and practice in higher education, educational development and student learning. In particular, Kerry has broad interests in ‘learning in the affective domain’, and is not only interested in what students know or in what skills they have to put their knowledge to effect, but also in what they choose to do with the knowledge and skills they learn. Kerry’s recent research focuses on community-engaged learning and teaching, academic integrity, 'the public understanding of science' and ‘education for sustainability’.
Kerry has written two books (Presenting at conferences, seminars and meetings, 2005; and Higher Education for Sustainable Development, 2015) and contributed to more than 100 research articles and conference presentations, many of which are in the broad area of ‘higher education for sustainable development’ and focus on challenging and supporting higher education to adequately evaluate the impact of its educational efforts.
Professor Walter Leal
Professor Walter Leal teaches at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and holds the Chair of Environment and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Walter is the founding director of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) and founding editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Sujeeva Setunge, Deputy Dean Research and Innovation for Engineering at RMIT University and a professor of Civil Engineering
Prior to joining RMIT University Sujeeva Setunge has been a lecturer and senior lecturer at Monash University where she completed her PhD in Structural Engineering. Her current research interests focus on disaster resilience and sustainability of buildings and infrastructure and innovative and sustainable construction materials. She is currently leading seven industry funded projects in these areas.
Sujeeva is the chair of the research committee of the Centre for Pavement Excellence, Asia-Pacific, and a committee member of The Unitied Nations for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) working group on construction policy and practice for disaster resilience. She is a fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer.
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Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.
Located on Swanston Street, near the corner of La Trobe Street.
Catch a City Loop train to nearby Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along Swanston Street.
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72. Tram routes 24, 30 and 35 run along La Trobe Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area. No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.