Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah - Engineering

Helping establish and implement education standards for engineering degrees, and to accredit universities

Eliathamby (known as Ambi) is calling on his deep accreditation experience in Ireland and Australia to help Myanmar’s Engineering Council establish global education standards and accredit local universities, lifting the quality of engineering education and research across the country and ultimately the quality of development projects.

Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot - Engineering

Assessing nutrient levels and diets, adding vitamins to food, and educating about the best diets to enhance nutrition

Jayashree is assessing diet intake behaviour, the benefits of fortifying foods with nutrients, and delivering nutrition education programs in PNG to improve children’s nutrition and help them avoid development complications such as anaemia, vitamin A deficiency, zinc deficiency and stunted growth.

Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta - Arts and Social Sciences

Investigating the human side of security in South Asia 

UNSW research is shifting the focus on security in South Asia from a military-centric focus to one that considers community access to food, land rights and the impact of climate change, helping to improve food security and the quality of life in these communities. 

Associate Professor Melissa Crouch - Law

Training consitutional stakeholders in Myanmar

UNSW is training key legal stakeholders in Myanmar - including local members of parliament, lawyers, civil society, ethnic leaders, and judges - to contribute to dialogue on constitutional reform and the peace process, helping the country transition to democracy.

Professor Valsamma Eapen - Medicine

Facilitating parents and GPs to monitor child development in the preschool period and identify developmental risks, such as autism

Using iPad and mobile phones, Valsa is engaging parents when they visit their local GP to monitor and identify development issues, including autism, in their child, enabling parents and GPs to intervene earlier to enhance the child’s development and quality of life.

Professor John Fletcher - Engineering

Building a microgrid and research lab focussing on microgrid technology

John is helping to establish a microgrid running on solar power and a research lab focussing on microgrid technology at Sri Lanka’s University of Moratuwa, demonstrating the viability and efficiency of microgrids to provide electricity to the majority of Sri Lankans who do not have access to electricity.

Associate Professor Christine Forster - Law

Gender rights in Myanmar and India

Christine is training and educating government workers, community leaders, students and the law community in Myanmar and India in women’s rights, helping to advance the status of women beyond dated and discriminatory laws.

Professor John Hall - Medicine

Documenting tuberculosis in India

This projects is looking to design an app that informal healthcare providers in India can use to improve the documentation of tuberculosis and the policy and medical responses to sufferers, saving and improving lives.

Dr Peter Harris - Medicine

Advancing medical education in Myanmar

Peter and his team are supporting one of Myanmar’s leading medical universities to advance its medicine programs, lifting the quality of graduates and teaching, and the overall standard of medical practice in the country. With an enhanced program, the university will also satisfy obligatory learning outcomes. 

Dr Josh Hanson - Science/The Kirby Institute

Infectious diseases in Myanmar

In partnership with clinicians from the University of Medicine 2 in Yangon, Josh is evaluating how best to diagnose and treat tropical diseases in resource-limited settings. The focus is on simple, inexpensive interventions that demonstrably help patients and the communities they live in. 

Dr Scott Hawken – Built Environment

Making Cities Safer in India

Scott is researching how big data can be used to push for urban design changes in Indian cities to make them safer for women. He is also looking to introduce digital fabrication machines to poor villages in South East Asia to improve housing quality and provide locals with a sustainable livelihood.

Dr Ahmed Imran – UNSW Canberra

eGovernance in Developing Countries

Ahmed’s research has determined that managers’ lack of knowledge is the main barrier to the adoption of digital government services (eGovernance) in developing countries, and that training and education can overcome these barriers to provide a country with efficient, transparent and time saving services.

Dr Tanya Jakimow – Arts and Social Sciences

Support for local development actors

Tanya’s research focuses on the lack of support local development actors, like volunteers and councillors, receive in development projects, and the need to provide measures such as training to improve their effectiveness and the positive impact of projects.

Associate Professor Rohina Joshi – Medicine

Training health workers in India

Rohina is assessing the role of community health care workers in rural Indian areas to prevent and control chronic diseases and improve individual wellbeing. She is also training doctors to find out the causes of death in the Philippines, helping the government to better understand and plan for mortality trends.

Associate Professor David Laurence – Engineering

Sustainable Mining Practices

David is teaching students from across South East Asia about leading sustainable mining practices, lifting the standard of mining practice knowledge and understanding across the region, and resulting in more positive outcomes for communities, the environment, miner safety, and economies.

Associate Professor Pierre Le Clech – Engineering

Educating Myanmar students about water and wastewater treatment

Pierre is helping students in Myanmar gain applicable, real world experience by teaching them how to build water treatment systems, empowering students to go out into the community and build these systems to deliver safer water to residents.

Dr Carmen Leong – Business

Technology to empower people

Carmen documented the pivotal role social media is playing in social movements in Malaysia, helping to understand how these movements gather momentum. In Indonesia she illustrated the role technology is performing in delivering cheaper banking services to entrepreneurs in a complex financial sector.

Professor Graciela Metternicht – Science

Land Degradation in Laos and Vietnam

UNSW research is measuring the links between land use and water quality around the lower basin of the Mekong River to ensure food security in the ‘rice and fish bowl’ of the region. Graciela is also advising the UN on how countries can best utilise their land to ensure sustainable food supplies and avoid land degradation.

Professor Bronwen Morgan – Law

Regulatory agencies in India

Bronwen researched the rise of independent regulatory bodies in large developing countries, concluding that a more nuanced approach to designing and creating these bodies is required to ensure they govern effectively and are not unduly persuaded by political interests.

Associate Professor Alberto Motta – Business

Providing microfinance loans to farmers, inserting gamification programs into high

school programs to encourage students to learn more

To help financially constrained West Bengali farmers, Alberto was part of a team that provided friendly loans which resulted in production increases of 27%, transforming lives. To encourage disadvantaged kids to learn more and attend university, Alberto is gamifying learning in core subjects with encouraging results.

Professor Paul Munroe – Science

Biochars in Nepal and Vietnam

UNSW research has developed the science to burn waste from animal poo and leftover crops to create biochars, a rich, soil fertiliser that makes arid soil farmable and can help to reclaim degraded land in developing countries where rising populations are pressuring food supplies.

Professor Anushka Patel - Medicine

Training healthcare workers in India and Indonesia

This project is using mobile technology to help healthcare workers in low resource, rural settings to identify and treat people at high risk of life long diseases, preventing premature death and disability, and improving the well-being of these communities.

Dr Morten Pedersen – UNSW Canberra

Assessing human rights work in Myanmar

With over 20 years of experience in Myanmar, Morten is researching the effectiveness of international sanctions versus engagement in dealing with the country’s recurring human rights crises. He is also reviewing the impact of UN mediation and advising the recently appointed UN special envoy to the country.

Dr Simon Rosenbaum – Medicine

Physical activity to improve refugee mental health in Bangladesh

Simon is exploring the use of physical activity programs, such as dancing, football and cricket, to help refugees in Turkey and Bangladesh experience a greater sense of well-being and reduce the impact and severity of mental illness among them.

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla - Science

Recycling e-waste in India

UNSW has invented a microfactory that can efficiently form valuable metal alloys from discarded e-waste, helping India to reduce landfill, expand its recycling industry and create local jobs.

Associate Professor Jes Sammut - Science

Sustainable fish farming in Vietnam and India

UNSW is experienced in establishing and operating sustainable fish farms and overcoming hurdles, like poor soil and water quality, to help increase food security and protein levels in local diets, and provide a stable source of income for local farmers.

Dr Agus Santoso - Science

Flood risks in Indonesia

UNSW research has detected climate signals for flooding in Jakarta and will model the extent of flooding across the city, helping efforts to protect the city against rising waters, and to minimise damage and disease from flood waters.

Dr Susanne Schmeidl – Arts and Social Sciences

Steps towards peace in Afghanistan

UNSW is helping to compile a book analysing interviews with local Afghanis living under Taliban rule that will challenge a common perception the Taliban is broadly supported by Pashtun tribes. The book will help understand how communities negotiate life in insurgency-controlled and war-torn areas, and it has the potential to inform peace discussions and efforts.

Dr Krishna Shrestha – Arts and Social Sciences

Disaster justice in Nepal

UNSW research is helping Nepal and other communities in the Himalayas to better understand and respond to the increasing occurrence of disasters, ensuring the immense number of marginalised groups in the region receive fair and equitable treatment when responses are made.

Dr Ruth Webster - Medicine

Preventing heart attacks and strokes in Sri Lanka

Ruth is pioneering combination medicines to lower blood pressure levels in Sri Lanka, helping patients to reduce the risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke, and setting a benchmark for non communicable disease preventative medication that is quicker and more effective.

Associate Professor Liz Williamson – Art & Design

Textile Weaving in India

To encourage weaving communities in Gujarat to continue their craft, Liz aims to collaborate with them to create new designs that are more marketable and environmentally sound for local and international buyers, sustaining a craft that has existed in the state for nearly 700 years. 

Dr Komali Yenneti – Built Environment

Reducing slum temperatures in India

Komali is trialling the use of a cool reflective sheet on low-income housing roofs to reduce interior temperatures during heatwaves, in response to an increase in heatwaves across India which are proving to be fatal, particularly among the poor.

Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste - Medicine

Promoting positive youth development, social inclusion and peace-building through sport for social change

Anne and Tun have created a football training and life skills program that is being implemented in Myanmar and is reaching over 400 university students and 2,400 high school kids in low income areas, encouraging their engagement, expanding their skills, and creating a more peaceful and cohesive society. 

CEPAR - Business

Ageing Populations

CEPAR is modelling social security options for the poor and retiring in Indonesia, and researching the state of support for retirees across Asian countries, with the goal of promoting effective government policy that assists those with little money and close to retirement to experience a reasonable quality of life. 

Dr Jodi Rowley – Sciences

Amphibians in SE Asia

With global amphibian numbers in decline, Jodi and her team identify and assess threats to amphibian species in Southeast Asia and train locals to do the same, conserving a vital ecosystem member for the future.