Issue 7
Monday, 03 September 2018
Charles Darwin University
Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur will present workshops in New Delhi and Darwin
Research Fellow Dr Deepika Mathur will present workshops in New Delhi and Darwin

Waste project boosted by funding

By Patrick Nelson

Alice Springs researcher Dr Deepika Mathur has won a $50,000 grant for a project to tackle the mounting challenge of construction industry waste in Australia and India.

The Northern Institute Research Fellow said the project would allow her to deliver workshops in New Delhi and Darwin next year that focus on an issue critical to both nations.

“We will work with colleagues from the University of Melbourne to present the workshops that address crucial construction and demolition waste management issues and bring stakeholders together to learn from each other’s experiences," Dr Mathur said.

Construction and demolition waste could constitute up to 40 per cent of waste, with landfills in India and Australia rapidly becoming exhausted.

“The key to conquering the ‘waste management mountain’ is to learn from each other’s experiences and through long-term knowledge and technology exchange partnerships between experts in Australia and India.”

Dr Mathur said she would draw from her work with Professor Rolf Gerritsen, Dr Bharandiharan Shanmugam and Mr Sami Azam on the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to demonstrate the world-class research experience and technical expertise that Australian-based scholars could deliver in India.

The workshop in New Delhi has been scheduled for 9-11 January and the Darwin workshop for April next year.

The project Construction Waste Reduction: Australia-India collaborative workshops was one of nine recipients of the Federal Government’s Australia-India Council grants.