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 for projects starting semester/trimester 1 2020. Please submit your application by Friday 31st January. 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, University of Adelaide, UTS and Swinburne University of Technology. Research must be conducted as part of formal university studies, i.e. not for general interest. 
 

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IDStatusNameThemeLocationPartner
49 results

D12

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

Energy

Asia Pacific

EWB

F07

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

F15

The design and testing of 3D printed interventions with people with disabilities in Cambodia. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

Agile Development Group

F16

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

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

Agile Development Group

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

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

F29

Testing and design refinement of 3D printed medical grade paediatric ankle and foot orthoses. (more)

Assistive Technology

Australia

AbilityMade

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

Vanuatu

EWB

F43

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

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Cambodia

EWB

G01

Establishing the feasibility of power wheel technology in the Cambodian Context. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

Agile Development Group

G02

Design an inclusive microsystem solar-powered cricket incubator to empower people living with disabilities in Cambodia. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

Agile Development Group

G03

Assistive technologies to enable people living with disabilities to access engage with digital education opportunities. (more)

Assistive Technology;Education

Cambodia

Agile Development Group

G04

Survey of medical technologies for use in humanitarian contexts. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

EWB

G05

Adaptive technology empowering people with disabilities to participate in the Indonesian cultural sector. (more)

Assistive Technology

EWB

G06

Safety adaptation for a ride-on wheelchair accessible moto. (more)

Assistive Technology

Cambodia

EWB

G08

Appropriate technology for the inclusion of people with disabilities in farming. (more)

Assistive Technology;Agriculture

Cambodia

EWB

G09

Simple timing device to support traditional birth attendants and improve maternal health outcomes. (more)

International Development

EWB

G10

Review the feasibility of a DC powered induction cook stove for clean cooking in rural Cambodia. (more)

Energy

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

G11

Review of poultry manure biodigester. (more)

Energy;Agriculture

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

G12

Investigate options for biogas-fuelled refrigeration. (more)

Energy

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

G13

Review the current biodigester PAYGO box design. (more)

Energy;Agriculture

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

G14

Efficiency testing of the ATEC* stove and rice cooker. (more)

Energy

Cambodia

ATEC Biodigesters

G15

Adapting water-tanks into BCA compliant cyclone proof dwellings. (more)

Shelter

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

G16

Reviewing the feasibility of different battery technologies for solar energy systems on remote indigenous homelands. (more)

Energy

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

G17

Design a mobile solar generation system. (more)

Energy

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

G18

Alternative refrigeration on remote indigenous homelands. (more)

Energy

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

G19

Feasibility study on the use and sale of the CfAT hotspot overseas. (more)

Business Development

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

G20

Design refinement of the CfAT hotspot. (more)

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

G21

Mobile solar water pumping system. (more)

Energy;Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Australia

Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

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.