Here are some of our projects...


Building coalitions and processes to support community empowerment through renewable energy and livelihood solutions

This project is investigating community-scale renewable energy electrification initiatives in Indonesia. The project will determine how community-scale renewable energy initiatives can be developed in remote and regional contexts to support local needs and aspirations with appropriate technologies and complementary, sustainable livelihoods. Through collaborative activities involving multiple stakeholders, the project will establish a template process bringing community organisations together with industry, government, and research institutions to identify and implement local solutions within wider economic and regulatory frameworks. This research is funded by the Australia-Indonesia Centre, and involves the University of Melbourne, Bandung Institute of Technology, Monash University, Paramdina University, and the NGO IBEKA (People-centred Institute for Business and Economy).


Developing a sustainable eco-enterprise for community benefit and climate resilience in Taveuni, Fiji

The central objective of the project is to support the development of a benefit-sharing scheme for climate resilience activities, utilising the funds derived from a sustainable sea cucumber harvesting program, an industry that has been subject to overfishing and governance challenges. The project will involve a community-oriented social enterprise Going Green Enterprises Ltd. (GGE) and an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) Climates.

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The role of community-owned renewable energy in Australia's Transition to a low-carbon future

Community energy is an emerging sector that offers alternate types of ownership models and wealth creation whilst delivering social and environmental benefits at the local level. However, in Australia it is less prevalent than is seen in comparable countries, with few community owned renewable energy projects currently operating, totalling approximately 10MW of capacity. This PhD project will explore why this is the case, what role community energy may play in Australia's transition to a low carbon future, how this might be achieved, and the implications of this transition.

Completed Projects

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  • Building a typology of best practice Social Impact Assessment: a study of community-based agreement-making in the resource sector in Weipa, Queensland, Australia
  • Understanding governance architectures, community leadership and cultural diversity in Java, Indonesia
  • Modelling a renewable and energy independent community in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia
  • Assessing climate change impacts to nature-based tourism in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
  • The potential of grassroots sustainability movements to address a social justice agenda: A Case Study of the Transition Town Movement in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia