Find information on the current research projects undertaken by students from the Sustainable Engineering Group at Curtin.
If you’re interested in pursuing postgraduate study with SEG, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Mine Tailings Management- a computational assessment to assist life cycle management
This PhD study will focus on mine tailing management as it relates to water and energy use in a number of mining operations in Australia.
Some tailings rheology scenarios will be developed including Thickened Tailings and Paste Tailings and analysed using two computational systems: a Hierarchical Systems Model (HSM) and a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
The comprehensive results from this analysis including water use, energy consumption and the potential of environmental impacts associated with each scenario (existing and Life of Mine) will be generated. In addition a qualitative assessment will be employed to assess the sustainable development aspects (technology, economy, policy, and environmental impacts) of each scenario by using the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method.
Supervisors: M Rosano (Chair), W Biswas
Smart grid systems; improving potential sustainability outcomes for energy generation
Cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for livestock production on perennial and annual pasture systems in Western Australia.
The livestock sector is one of the largest sources of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. GHG emissions from the Western Australian broadacre livestock sector mirror these global trends. The dual challenge for Western Australian livestock producers is to adopt economically viable and productive measures that reduce GHG emissions, while also addressing the projected impact of climate change on their production systems.
A whole-farm approach to assess GHG emissions using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis, and integrated with biophysical, climate and economic modelling, is important. It will acknowledge the complex nature of livestock production systems and will give insight into the carbon footprint of current and future south-western Australian broadacre systems under perennial and annual pastures, and enable the identification of cost-effective and regionally-specific mitigation strategies for adoption by producers.
Supervisors: M Rosano (Chair), W Biswas, D Pritchard
Increasing the implementation of Cleaner Production and Industrial Symbiosis in Small-Medium Enterprises with Specific Focus on Air Emissions
Supervisors: M Rosano (Chair), W Biswas, K Rumchev, B Mullins
Sustainability assessment of composite walls made of recycled material for construction of houses: The case of Western Australia
Krishna’s research proposes to develop a framework to assess the alternative in-situ composite sandwich wall system using recycled materials, which will determine technically, economically, socially and environmentally feasible long-term solutions for future building industries. Intangible Social, Environmental and Economic benefits in addition to carbon and energy savings are expected due to replacement of existing brick wall system with in-situ composite sandwich wall system and roof for house construction. The sandwich system is expected to comply with GHG emission reduction targets.
Supervisors: M Rosano (Chair), W Biswas, N Lloyd
Developing a Sustainability Assessment for Malaysian Palm Oil Production in Malaysia
Malaysia is the second largest palm oil producer in the world. Palm oil contributes to 6.4% of its gross national income and is foreseen to maintain the socio-economic growth of the country. The marketing of palm oil has become an enormous challenge for Malaysian industries due to environmental criticism and the need to comply with increasingly stringent sustainability criterion set by the major importing countries in Europe and North America. As a result, various assessment tools have been applied to assess the sustainability performance of palm oil production in Malaysia.
This research proposes the development of a holistic framework for assessing sustainable palm oil production in Malaysia to overcome the gaps and barriers in existing assessment tools and standards.
Supervisors: M Rosano (Chair), W Biswas, T Lucey, Y Samyudia (Miri)
A critical literacy review of Sustainability education and threshold concepts
The roles of discourse, framing and governance in the transition to sustainability
Angie’s research comparatively investigates international case studies in materials management, demonstrating the shift from end of pipe solutions towards cyclical systems thinking. Pursuits towards a ‘Sound Material Cycle Society’ in Japan, a’ Zero Waste’ city in San Francisco or ‘Sustainable Materials Management’ across the EU are a few waste transition innovations to have emerged in the last decade.
The research provides insight into how agents connect and engage across physical and geopolitical boundaries through shared use of language and visions. Investigating how diverse discourse and framing tactics influence the transition trajectories and pathways.
The research outcomes will provide a governance framework that can be used to drive policy directives, societal perceptions and technological innovations in the materials management sector.
Supervisors: D Marinova (Chair), L Stocker, M Rosano, M Gollagher
Leveraging Complexity and Dynamics to Engineer Sustainable Urban and Industrial Systems
Supervisors: A Whyte (Chair), M Rosano
Industrial Symbiosis – Models of Development
Anja’s research puts forward new findings in the development of industrial symbiosis. Her project analyses initiating mechanisms and evolutionary processes of industrial symbiosis projects around the world.
The main objective of this project is to identify the various evolution processes of industrial symbiosis and to evaluate the benefits and challenges associated with each model. The project focusses on the industrial areas of Kwinana (Western Australia), Upper Spencer Gulf (South Australia) and Kalundborg (Denmark), identifying the evolution process, the actors that started the development of the IS program and the management and implementation of symbiotic exchanges. The findings of this research should assist in the future development of IS programs and assist in the policy development for more sustainable industrial production.
Supervisors: A Whyte, M Rosano, W Biswas
- Yun Fatimah
- Felicity Denham
- Debbie Engelbrecht
- Feisal Ali Mohammed
- A. Bredin
- R. Mead-Hunter
- T. Bounyasoul
- D. van Beers
- P.A. Bullen
- B.R. Kurup