The following projects are a sample of the applied, interdisciplinary research undertaken by members in the Centre for Sustainability Governance:

Project TitleClient NameStart DateEnd DateLead CI Name
Increasing Irrigation Water Productivity In Mozambique, Tanzania And Zimbabwe Through On-Farm Monitoring, Adaptive Management And Agricultural Innovation Platforms Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) 01/07/2013 31/12/2017 Bjornlund, Henning
Research Workshop/Training For Tianjin Academy Of Environmental Science Tianjin Academy of Environmental Sciences 01/01/2017 31/12/2018 Ramiah, Vikash
Understanding, Measuring And Managing The Benefits Of Urban Waterways ARC - Linkage Project 30/09/2016 31/12/2019 Crase, Lin
Understanding, Measuring And Managing The Benefits Of Urban Waterways (Industry Partner Contributions) Melbourne Water Corporation 30/09/2016 31/12/2019 Crase, Lin
Efficient Participatory Irrigation To Support Productive And Sustainable Agriculture In South Asia ACIAR - Research and Development Program 26/08/2016 30/06/2019 Crase, Lin
Special Session At Xvi Water Congress ACIAR - Research and Development Program 26/07/2016 09/06/2017 Bjornlund, Henning
Valuing Environmental Water Entitlements Owned By Melbourne Water Melbourne Water Corporation 01/07/2016 30/07/2017 Cooper, Bethany

Valuing the Amenity and Ecological Benefits of Melbourne's Waterway's

Melbourne Water Corporation     Cooper, Bethany

Efficient Participatory Irrigation Institutions to Support Productive and Sustainable Agriculture in South Asia

Centre for International Agricultural Research
    Cooper, Bethany

Refining Policy and Payment Approaches for Ecosystem Services from Scarce Land and Water

of Business, University of South Australia
    Cooper, Bethany
A Comparative Study Of The Legal And Institutional Frameworks For Dam Safety Management World Bank 17/02/2016 17/02/2020 Pisaniello, John
Quantifying Biophysical And Community Impacts Of Improved Fish Passage In Lao PDR ACIAR - Research and Development Program 01/01/2016 31/12/2020 Cooper, Bethany
The Sustainability Of Modern Greek Education: Policy Factors And Stakeholder Perceptions Of Declining Demand In South Australia GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA 09/08/2012 30/06/2017 Pisaniello, John

Other Projects

Professor Carol Tilt and Dr Kathy Rao are working on a research program on the impact of gender on organisational decision making around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), this paper provides an investigation of the relationship between Boards and Senior Executives.  To date, the larger project has identified a lack of research on gender and CSR (Rao & Tilt, 2015), but reveals there is a relationship between Board diversity and CSR Reporting (Rao & Tilt, 2016). While interviews with board members identified a potential relationship specifically between female board members and CSR decisions, the strategic decisions made around reporting on (accounting for) those decisions appear to lie more with senior management, notwithstanding the strategic role of boards.  The next paper aims to investigate the links between Boards and Senior Managers when determining what to report, with a consideration of gender as a moderating variable. 10-20 interviews will be conducted with senior managers of large Australian firms, who are responsible for CSR or Sustainability reports. Thematic analysis will be used with an Upper Echelon theoretical lens, and findings will have implications for the future of CSR reporting, board composition and corporate governance.


Professor Carol Tilt is working on a research program on the importance of context when considering the extent, nature and motivation for social and environmental reporting.  The project, conducted in conjunction with a number of PhD students and colleagues at other institutions, is currently considering various types of social, environmental and sustainability reporting in the Middle East, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China.