Inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, together with innovation and infrastructure, can unleash dynamic and competitive economic forces that generate employment and income. They play a key role in introducing and promoting new technologies, facilitating international trade and enabling the efficient use of resources.
– United Nations

Through our Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC), we aim to create resilient built environments, globally competitive industries and socially inclusive communities.

We conduct real-world research in developing smart technology, sustainable packaging, and innovative infrastructure to achieve better, cleaner industries and communities.

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Research projects & engagement 2020-21

Impact of smart logistics on smart city sustainable performance by Himanshu Kumar Shee, Shah J. Miah and Tharaka De Vass concludes that smart logistic functionalities are likely to have a positive impact on smart city sustainability, and that future research is necessary to consider a wider pool of technologies in improving sustainability of logistics operations.

Smart City-Ranking of Major Australian Cities to Achieve a Smarter Future concluded Canberra is Australia’s leading ‘smart city’ based on a series of indicators using Australian Bureau of Statistics data. The analysis was undertaken by Bachelor of Engineering students Muhammad Atiq Ur Rehman Tariq, Alavaiola Faumatu, and Maha Hussein, as their capstone research project, together with researchers Muhammad Laiq Ur Rahman Shahid and Nitin Muttil.

Florian Schiffmann from the Centre of Policy Studies collaborated with twenty nine researchers from around the world to develop an open source software package CP2K for computer simulation of atomistic behaviour and dynamics of solid- state, liquid, molecular, and biological systems.

Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council completed the Footscray Smart City for Social Cohesion Project to transform Footscray into a digitally connected smart city. The ongoing program features many environmentally responsible initiatives to enhance sustainability and wellbeing. The infrastructure rollout features free WiFi and interactive information for people in Footscray and gathers data on urban area usage, transport and air quality for better city planning and design and health advocacy.

It has been estimated by the World Health Organization that over 2 billion food-borne diseases episodes world- wide are a result of unsafe food practices. Fatah Ahtesh, Jack Feehan, Maximilian de Courten and Vasso Apostolopoulos from IHES joined researchers from the United Arab Emirates and industry partner, The Product Makers, to establish patented natural polyphenol rich sugar cane extract (PRSE), which is an efficient antimicrobial. PRSE could be included at differing dosages to target a range of food-borne and environmental pathogens and has the potential to be used in place of thermal processing or chemical processing which results in diminished nutritional properties.

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos was appointed to the Board of Nobel Laureates Australia Innovation.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and so during the COVID 19 extended lockdown in Victoria in 2020, the VU Business School launched the Virtual Consultancy Practice to enable students to complete internships online.

Research groups addressing Goal 9