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Monash is committed to research that matters. Our researchers set out to achieve results that make a difference to people’s lives.

At Monash Malaysia, our researchers are working hard in such fields as health, social and economic transformation, and the environment.

Our international, multidisciplinary approach brings together researchers from different fields, faculties, campuses and universities and allows us to develop strengths in specific areas and set research priorities to benefit the communities we serve. Monash Malaysia researchers benefit particularly from being part of the Monash global footprint, which takes in China, India, the UK, Italy, South Africa, Australia and, of course, Malaysia.

Areas of priority

At Monash Malaysia, our current research priorities include:


Tropical medicine and biology

The Tropical Medicine and Biology Multidisciplinary platform was set up in 2013. It undertakes a multidisciplinary approach to themes in medicine and biology that are particularly relevant to the region of the world we live in.

The Platform contains three research clusters, each with its own highly developed expertise. The clusters are:

i. Genomics Cluster 

ii. Telemedicine Cluster

iii. Immunity and Infection


Advanced engineering

Manufacturing is a main driver of economic growth among the ASEAN group of nations, but the region’s global competitiveness is slipping. Regional economies need to invest in frontier technologies, which creates demand for advanced engineering – particularly in the areas of energy, resources and sustainable processes.

To contribute to improvements in this area , Monash Multidisciplinary Platform of Advanced Engineering (or Advanced Engineering Platform known as AEP) is established to undertake frontier research and educational innovation in engineering and technology that will contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of society in the South-East Asia. Although the Advanced Engineering Platform aims at the most important and frontier research of national urgent demands, the AEP presently focuses on 3 Clusters, namely, (a) Green Electronics, (b) Emerging Priorities that consists of 3 key areas; Sustainable Water Management, Nanostructures and Advanced Materials and Biomedical Engineering and applications, and (c) Research-led Education Innovations.

For more information, please visit the Advanced Engineering Platform.


Monash Halal Ecosystem

An initiative of our School of Business, the Monash Halal Ecosystem is a dynamic system, embedded in a network of businesses, institutions, government agencies and non-government organisations. This focused program examines ways to incorporate Islamic and halal thinking into a broad range of macro business issues of pressing national, regional and global importance.

Through the Monash Halal Ecosystem Model, lead researcher Professor Pervaiz Ahmed and his team have embarked on several projects, including understanding the meaning and significance of halal for Muslim and non-Muslim consumers, identifying behavioural patterns in different halal market segments and researching into molecular and chemical methods for halal food provenance.

Find out more about the Monash Halal Ecosystem.


Social & Economic Transformation in Asia

Social & Economic Transformation in Asia (SETA) is a multi-disciplinary platform that fosters cuttingedge research, meaningful dialogues and innovative educational endeavours on key issues that ensure sustainable development in the region. Through these varied engagements, SETA provide scholars and public intellectuals a vibrant forum to study and reflect on the changing face of Asia. This creates opportunities for industrial and economic development  and poses challenges for governments. Included are: competition for resources and associated territorial disputes, broad wealth distributions, and pollution.

Click here to find out more about Social & Economic Transformation in Asia.


South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO)

SEACO is a health and demographic surveillance system (DHSS) located in peninsular Malaysia. It was established as a research platform by an international partnership of universities. SEACO was established intentionally and explicitly as a generic research platform capable of supporting a wide range of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research in the clinical and biomedical sciences, the social sciences, economics, education, and environmental sciences.

Follow this link if you are interested to find out more – SEACO


Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS)

BRIMS has been operating for the past six years and is a component of the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. It is Monash University's main institute for neuroscience research and is led by one of the world's leading comparative neuroscientists Professor Ishwar Parhar.

Explore more on neuroscience here at BRIMS


Other research areas

At Monash Malaysia, we also have research nodes for the following important Monash initiatives: