As a joint initiative of Zero Waste SA and UniSA since 2009, The Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b) has been working on a series of significant collaborative, multi-disciplinary research projects, focusing on waste reduction and consumption, low carbon living and behaviour change, and design-led approaches to more sustainable cities, including infrastructure, buildings and precincts.
In response to what are clearly cross-disciplinary and global problems, our research projects are collaborative and multi-disciplinary, involving researchers from different disciplines, including architecture, engineering, design, environmental science, history and psychology.
Our research focuses on influencing and informing public policy in environmental sustainability, design, urban planning and architecture. We also seek to assist communities, both locally and globally, to build better societies.
Our collaborative, cross-disciplinary research spans UniSA’s Education, Arts and Social Sciences and Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment divisions. We also collaborate with government, communities and industry, providing a forum to explore complex material and social issues.
We nurture a culture of innovation in which our researchers, including many PhD students, thrive, making us a hub of international research expertise for creating more sustainable societies.
The Zero Waste SA Research Centre for sd+b is also the Asia-Pacific hub for the DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability), here the DESIS-Lab South Australia co-ordinates education and community engagement initiatives that aim to develop examples of best practice in design-led strategy for sustainability.