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Dr Darren Sharp is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Darren is a sustainability transitions researcher interested in urban experimentation, living labs, grassroots innovations and the sharing economy. His work is situated at the intersection of transition management, design for social innovation and community economies thinking, with a particular interest in collaborative governance of urban transition arenas.

Darren co-led the urban living lab Livewell Yarra which used action research to empower local residents to reduce their carbon emissions at an individual, household and community level. His research speaks to the possibilities of social learning, institutional arrangements, and new urban imaginaries to drive the transformation of cities towards sustainability.

Darren is taking these insights into his role as Interdisciplinary Research Lead of the ARC Linkage project Net Zero Precincts that brings together a new approach to transition management by using design anthropology to engage with the precinct community and consider their lived experiences. This will be tested over the next four years in an action-oriented case study in the Monash Technology Precinct through three Living Lab experiments across energy, mobility and buildings.

The ARC Linkage project is being undertaken in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team from Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash Art, Design and Architecture, Faculty of Information Technology and Faculty of Arts. Partners in the Linkage from industry, academia and the community include ENGIE, the City of Monash, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the CSIRO.

Darren is also the Interdisciplinary Research Lead of the Monash-ENGIE Alliance that underpins the operational ambitions of Monash University to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. Darren leads coordination of the Net Zero Solutions Fund that support collaborative research, education and translation activities to advance the Alliance's mission. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Humanities, PhD, Curtin University

Cultural Studies, BA Honors (First Class), Swinburne University of Technology

Media Studies, BMm, Swinburne University of Technology

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Urban Experimentation
  • Living Labs
  • Transition Management


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