EWB's  Solutions for Sustainable Development Research Program provides an opportunity for students and academics at Australiasian universities to support development organisation working in Australia or overseas through real world research projects. If you want your final year research project to help engineer a better world then this program is for you. You can learn more about the structure and benefits of the program in  the 2019 program guide

The Research Program is now open for applications. Please submit your application by 19 August 2019. Please note that certain projects will become unavailable as places fill so please submit your application when you can.

The Humanitarian Engineering Research Program is open to those studying at one of EWB Australia's current University Partners. These are: The University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, The University of NSW, The Australian National University, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology. Research must be conducted as part of formal university studies, i.e. not for general interest. 
 

EWB Research Topic List

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IDStatusNameThemeLocationPartner
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D12

Energy efficient household appliances for low income households in the Asia-Pacific. (more)

Energy

Asia Pacific

EWB

E14

The 3C pit latrine – Adapting a standard pit latrine for flood-prone environments. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Cambodia

EWB

F01

Establishing and optimising the efficacy of biodigester technology at low temperatures. (more)

Energy

Australia, Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

F02

Modelling and optimising the seismic resistance of biodigester technology. (more)

Energy

Cambodia, Global, Nepal

ATEC Biodigesters

F04

Investigate process for liquefaction and storage for biodigester produced methane. (more)

Energy

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

F05

Establish the suitability and potential applications of biodigester technology in remote Australia. (more)

Shelter

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

F06

Reviewing the focus of seismic structure research. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F07

Develop devices for the field testing non-engineered materials and techniques for earthquake resistant construction. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F08

Develop a low-tech shake table for initial seismic testing. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F09

Determining material properties for seismic testing: Water. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F10

Determining material properties for seismic testing: Cement. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F11

Determining material properties for seismic testing: Mountain Stones. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F12

Determining material properties for seismic testing: Sand. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F13

Determining material properties for seismic testing: Stirrups in beams. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F14

Determining material properties for seismic testing: Keying of beams and damp proof course. (more)

Shelter

India, Nepal

Smart Shelter Research

F16

Crowd-sourced accessibility mapping for evidence based advocacy. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

Agile Development Group

F19

Field kit for water quality testing. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F20

Improving the water quality of gravity-flow schemes. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F21

3d printed prototypes for inclusive, participatory water and sanitation access design. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F22

Test the appropriateness of Challenge menstrual hygiene management concepts for the Timorese context. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F23

Test the appropriateness of Challenge water filtration concepts for the Timorese context. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F24

Faecal sludge management approaches for rural and peri-urban Timor. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F25

Nudge design to encourage hygiene behaviour change in schools. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Timor Leste

WaterAid Timor-Leste

F26

Continued development of a low-cost cooking vessel incorporating Phase Change Materials. (more)

Energy

Global

EWB

F27

The role of engineers in addressing SDG 13: Climate Action. (more)

Professional Practice

Global

EWB

F28

Benefits of and methods for fostering diversity, inclusion and retention in the engineering sector. (more)

Education;Professional Practice

Australia

EWB

F30

Evaluating efforts towards Reconciliation within Australia’s engineering sector. (more)

Professional Practice

Australia

EWB

F31

Establishing best practice in community involvement within the Australian renewable energy sector.. (more)

Energy

Australia

EWB

F32

Evaluating the role of engineers volunteering in the Australia’s community sector. (more)

Education;Professional Practice

Australia

EWB

F33

The role of engineering outreach in achieving the National STEM School Education Strategy. (more)

Education

Australia

EWB

F34

Models for assessing cultural competency of engineers. (more)

Education;Professional Practice

Australia

EWB

F35

Designing an ethical and sustainable way of facilitating digital knowledge sharing in challenging contexts. (more)

Education

Timor Leste, Global

Divers1fy

F36

An investigation of IoT implementation into disability inclusion projects in rural Cambodia. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

EWB

F37

Investigating material alternatives for the Sato Pan. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Cambodia

EWB

F38

Develop a simple modelling tool for calculating rainwater tank capacity and design. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Cambodia

EWB

F39

Mapping challenging sanitation environments in Cambodia. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Cambodia

EWB

F40

Biodigesters technology for on-site excreta disposal systems in the Pacific. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Vanuatu

EWB

F41

Small scale household or decentralised wastewater treatment systems beyond septic tanks. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Vanuatu

EWB

F42

Design and performance criteria for urban wastewater treatment systems. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Vietnam

EWB

F43

Assess and optimise the Paradise Shelter quick install toilet shelter. (more)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Cambodia

EWB

More Information

The University Research Program accepts applications from final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in any discipline (not just engineering).  The project must be part of your formal studies, most probably as a thesis, a research project or capstone subject. Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page if you have any queries. If you are interested in conducting a project with EWB in 2019 onwards please complete the expression of interest form.