Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research) - Professor Rebekah Brown

Professor Brown is responsible for leading the University-wide research agenda, contributing to the development and implementation of the research strategy and enhancing the University’s research performance, ensuring responsible research practice, integrity and compliance in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

In addition Professor Brown is Chair of the Monash Research Committee and holds leadership responsibility for the Monash Research Office, Contracts Management Office, Major Partnerships and Initiatives Office and Monash University Accident Research Centre.

Professional background

Prior her appointment as Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Brown held the role of Director at Monash Sustainable Development Institute (2014-2018), a leading interdisciplinary research and education centre working collaboratively with government, industry and philanthropists to advance the knowledge, policy and practice of sustainable development.

Previously Professor Brown was instrumental in the establishment of the $120M (AUD) Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, comprising 86 partner organisations and over 170 researchers.  She was its Chief Research Officer and inaugural Society themed Program Leader from 2011-2014.

Since 2017 Rebekah has been a member of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority's Governing Board.

Academic interests

Professor Brown’s research is focused on understanding the social and institutional transformations required to accelerate transitions to more liveable, resilient and sustainable cities.

She has published extensively in leading journals including Nature, Science, Global Environmental Change and Water Research. Professor Brown is a consulting Editor to Global Challenges, and on a number of international Editorial Boards including Urban Water Journal and Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions. She is also a member of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority's Governing Board.

Since early 2000 Professor Brown has pioneered interdisciplinary research across the social and biophysical sciences in sustainable water management. She co-founded the water sensitive cities research platform at Monash University as a sustainable development solution to urban water challenges globally.

On the prestigious Australian WME Leaders List for 2010, Professor Brown was named national leader in the category of Urban and Industrial Water and was a finalist in the 2010 Eureka Prize in Water Research and Innovation.

In 2017 an international research consortium led by Professor Brown was awarded AUD $17M funding from the UK-based Wellcome Trust for a five year project in partnership with the Asian Development Bank to implement a water sensitive revitalisation of informal settlements across the Asia-Pacific. The project brings together global expertise from five Monash University Faculties (Art, Design and Architecture, Business and Economics, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science), Monash University Malaysia, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Stanford University, Emory University, The University of Melbourne, University of Cambridge, Fiji National University, Hasanuddin University, The University of the South Pacific, United Nations University, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Oxfam, WaterAid, and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Professor Brown holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) from Monash University and a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of New South Wales.