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We are a consortium of communities, researchers, governments, non-profit and industry partners working together to improve the health of people and the planet


Our consortium

RISE is led by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and brings expertise from across six Monash faculties: Art, Design and Architecture; Science; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Engineering; Business and Economics; and Law.

The Wellcome Trust provides core funding for the research components of RISE. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade funds the infrastructure intervention in Fiji, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funds the infrastructure intervention in Indonesia.

RISE is locally anchored in Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji. In Indonesia, the research is led by Hasanuddin University, and the intervention is led by the City of Makassar, with support from the Ministry of National Planning (BAPPENAS), the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and the Indonesia Australia Partnership for Infrastructure.

In Fiji, the RISE intervention is led by the Ministry of Housing and Community Development and the Water Authority of Fiji, and the research is led by Fiji National University, with support from the University of the South Pacific. Live & Learn Environmental Education implements the RISE Fiji program across both the intervention and research.

Our research draws on expertise from around the world. Great minds come together from Stanford University, Emory University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, to implement our randomised controlled trial (RCT) and create scientific impact in human, environmental and ecological health.

Our non-profit and industry partners are helping turn technical knowledge and best practice into action. South East Water and Melbourne Water have pioneered water-sensitive, nature-based approaches and are supporting translating this technology into Fiji and Indonesia.

Our United Nations and global NGO partners share our vision for healthier people and a healthier planet. Development partners UN-Habitat, United Nations University, WaterAid and Oxfam are helping RISE advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our two demonstration sites in Fiji and Indonesia successfully showcase how water-sensitive infrastructure functions in informal settlements. These demonstration projects are living labs that were co-designed with the communities, and made possible by the Asian Development Bank, the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, financed by the Rockefeller Foundation and the UK and Swiss Governments, together with expertise from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.