Citarum River Revitalisation & Learning Alliance Workshop

Citarum River Revitalisation & Learning Alliance Workshop

Image taken by Monash University researcher Paul Satur during a recent trip in September 2019.

City and Provincial Government representatives from West Java, Indonesia and the Citarum Taskforce, and researchers involved with the Citarum River, are invited to a four-day workshop by Monash University, City of Melbourne and Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, to explore the Yarra and Citarum River strategies.

We’ll discuss the challenges of integrated water and waste management and we’ll co-develop a strategic agenda for government, industry and community to address these challenges through policy, planning and strategic interventions over the next five years.

Our workshop will lay the foundations for long-term integrated governance processes for policy in water, energy, infrastructure and the circular economy in West Java.


A Systems Approach to River Strategy and Management

Venue: Council Meeting Room at Melbourne Town Hall

8.30 am

Registration and coffee

9.30 am


9.30 am

Welcome from City of Melbourne

Councillor Philip Le Liu, Chair of International Engagement

9.45 am

Welcome from Monash University

Andrew MacIntyre, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, South East Asia Partnership, Monash University

10.00 am

Opening by Citarum Taskforce

Mayjen TNI (Purn) Dedi Kusnadi Tham, Chief Operation Officer, Citarum Taskforce

10.15 am

Introduction to Citarum River Revitalisation workshop

Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Director, Informal Cities Lab, Monash Art, Design and Architecture and Dr Reni Suwarso, Centre for Political Science, Universitas Indonesia

10.30 am

“History of the Citarum River, its revitalisation and future plans”

Prima Mayaningtyas, West Java Environmental Agency

11.00 am


11.15 am

Session 1
History of the Yarra and Citarum rivers and key challenges faced in 2020 and beyond

This session will examine the history of the two rivers and the key events and factors that have shaped the rivers today.  Delegates will reflect on the key priorities for the Citarum River for exploration during this workshop.

11.15 am

“History of the Yarra River from settlement to vibrant Melbourne River Front”

Chris Chesterfield, Chair of the Birrarung Council

11.30 am

“Yarra River Strategic Plan”

Charlotte Beresford, Melbourne Water

11.45 am

“Yarra River Birrarung Strategy”

Margie McKay, City of Melbourne

12.00 pm

Panel Session

12.00 pm

West Java Environmental Agency, Birrarung Council, Melbourne Water, City of Melbourne

Moderator Briony Rogers, Monash University

12.30 pm

Lunch break

1.30 pm

Session 2A
Planning cities for climate change and population growth: Water Challenges

Increasing temperatures, flooding and drought, and rapid urbanization of our cities are impacting public health, livelihoods and security of water and property.  This session will look at Victoria’s two cases of drought and waste crises, how they are shaping public policy, planning and defining economic and city systems.

1.30 pm

Introduction to session 2A

Briony Rogers, Monash University

1.35 pm

“The Millennial Drought and its Economic and Social Impacts and Response”

Rob Skinner, Monash Water Sensitive Cities

1.45 pm

“Victoria’s Integrated Water Management Reform”

Abby Farmer, DELWP

1.55 pm

“Climate change action and Water Sensitive Urban Design”

Vicki Barmby, Climate Change Action, City of Melbourne

2.05 pm

“Catchment Management and Waterway Protection - Citarum River Catchment”

Peter Breen, CRC Water Sensitive Cities

2.15 pm


Facilitated by Briony Rogers (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (UI)

2.45 pm


3.00 pm

Session 2B
Planning cities for climate change and population growth: Waste Challenges

3.00 pm

Introduction to session 2B

Briony Rogers, Monash University

3.05 pm

“EPAs 2020 transition to a new governance framework for protecting and monitoring the Yarra river”

Dan Evans, Environment Protection Authority

3.15 pm

“The challenges of Melbourne’s waste crisis: lessons learned and future plans”

Kirstin Coote, City of Melbourne

3.25 pm

“How can behavioural public policy help address the waste crisis and accelerate the transition to a circular economy?”

Stefan Kaufman, BehaviourWorks Australia

3.35 pm

“Sustainability transitions for cities and their environments: innovations in designing and implementing change for social and environmental good”

Rob Raven, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

3.45 pm


Facilitated by Rob Raven (MSDI) and Reni Suwarso (UI)

4.30 pm

Session 3
Establishing a future vision for the Citarum River

4.30 pm


Facilitated by Briony Rogers (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (UI)

5.30 pm


6.00 pm

Cocktail Networking Function
Portico Room in the Town Hall Melbourne Town Hall

6.00 pm

Guest speakers

Ms Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Ir. Bambang Rianto, M.Sc, Head West Java Environmental Agency, on behalf of Mayjen TNI (Purn) Dedi Kusnadi Thamim, Chief Operating Officer of Citarum Taskforce

Prof John Thwaites, Chair Monash Sustainable Development Institute & Melbourne Water

Ms Spica Tutuhatunewa, Indonesian Consul General

Regional and Catchment Planning for River Protection and Management

Host: Monash Sustainable Development Institute, 35 Collins Street

9.30 am


9.30 am


Tony Capon, Director Monash Sustainable Development Institute

10.00 am

Session 4
The tools and enabling environment for sustainable water resource management

Catchment and regional IWM involves many stakeholders across state and municipal governments, as well as community and industry.  This session looks at the enabling environment to support Integrated outcomes and the policies and regulations for protecting, managing and developing them. We focus on the Yarra river catchment, its stakeholders and the power relationships across state, and local governments, industry and communities.  This will be discussed in relation to recent progress for IWM outcomes in West Java.

10.00 am

Introduction to session 4

Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University

10.05 am

“Bridging organisational boundaries: collaborative governance for the Yarra”

Nikki Gemmill, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

10.20 am

“State of the Yarra and its parklands”

Rebecca Koss, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

10.35 am

“Enabling conditions for IWM/WSC transitions in Indonesia”

Briony Rogers, Monash University

10.50 am


Facilitated by Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (Universitas Indonesia)

12.00 pm

Lunch break

1.00 pm

Session 5
Engaging industry and the private sector in addressing river contamination

This session explores the impact of industry and private sector on river health and challenges of addressing industrial polluters.  It explores industrial pollution of both Citarum and Yarra Rivers, and the temporal challenge of waste, from both an immediate and urgent need for action perspective and for the longer-term system change necessary to sustainably address river contamination.  This session gives focus to policy setting, technology and behavior in delivering impactful solutions.

1.00 pm

Introduction to session 5

Reni Suwarso, Universitas Indonesia

1.05 pm

“Hazardous discharges in the textile industry and Australian demand for sustainably sourced textile products”

Aleasha McCallion and Julie Boulton MSDI

1.15 pm

“Integration of liquid and solid waste treatment with river system protection”

Laura-lee Innes, Monash Engineering

1.25 pm

“Utilizing Waste as a Resource: Technologies & Applications”

Emi Gui and Meg Argyrious, Climate Works Australia

1.35 pm


Facilitated by Reni Suwarso and Dwinanti Marthanty

2.30 pm


2.45 pm

Session 6
Communities and their role as custodians of the river

This session addresses the important role of communities as custodians or guardians of a river.  We will examine the Victorian Merri Creek, Dandenong Creek and West Java Eco Village revitalisation programs, and the key learnings from these programs and factors contributing to their success.  Community behaviour and activating behaviours aligned with desired well-being and environmental outcomes, will be explored in relation to both Victorian and West Java contexts.

2.45 pm

Introduction to session 6

Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University

2.50 pm

“Eco-Village programs in West Java”

Ir. Prima Mayaningtyas, Secretariat, West Java Provincial Environmental Agency and Asep Kusumah, Head of Environmental Agency, Regency of Bandung

3.10 pm

“Dandenong Creek Revitalisation”

Sarah Watkins, Melbourne Water

3.20 pm

“Role of Community Groups in the Revitalisation, Planning and Management of Merri Creek, Melbourne”

Bruce McGregor, Friends of Merri Creek

3.30 pm

“Innovative Practices & Business Opportunities around Community Waste Management”

Emi Gui and Megan Argyriou, ClimateWorks Australia

3.40 pm

“Activating behaviour that protects the environment and promotes health and wellbeing”

Jim Curtis and Stefan Kaufman, BehaviourWorks Australia

3.50 pm

“Community participation in water sensitive urban design interventions in Indonesia”

Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University

4.05 pm


Facilitated by Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (UI)

4.30 pm

Session 7
Developing revitalization pathways for the Citarum

4.30 pm


Facilitated by Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (UI)

5.30 pm


Urban River Precinct Demonstration of integrated waste and water infrastructure in Citarum Basin

Host: Monash Sustainable Development Institute, 35 Collins Street

9.00 am

Welcome and Opening

9.00 am

Introduction to session and project discussion

Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (Universitas Indonesia)

9.30 am


Shane Murray, Dean of Monash Art, Design and Architecture

10.00 am

Project Discussion

10.00 am

Revitalising the Citarum River and its vulnerable communities

Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash University), Briony Rogers (Monash University) and Reni Suwarso (UI)

10.30 am


10.45 am


10.45 am

Reflection on the Citarum Revitalisation project

Facilitators: Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash University), Reni Suwarso (UI), Briony Rogers (Monash University), and Dwinanti Marthanty (UI)

11.45 am Co-Designing and funding a pilot: infrastructure and research programs
12.45 pm Closing remarks Mayjen TNI (Purn) Dedi Kusnadi Thamim
1.00 pm


7.00 pm

Waterfront Southgate, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

7.00 pm

Guest speaker

Tony Wong, Chair of the Water Sensitive Cities Institute

Discussions included experts from CRC Water Sensitive Cities, including Jamie Ewert and Ben Furmage.

Cross-institute, Transdisciplinary Research Agenda to Address Citarum Revitalisation Strategy

Venue: Monash Sustainable Development Institute, 35 Collins Street


  • Examine the current body of research and identify where immediate opportunities existing for translation
  • Co-design an integrated research project that addresses knowledge gaps and to build an evidence base for decision making
  • Identify potential sites for infrastructure and community interventions for improving water and waste management
  • Discuss contributions from each University and potential funding opportunities
  • Co-design Bandung Workshop (June 2020)

Session 10
A focus group discussion on the priorities for short and longer-term action, and the key knowledge gaps that are barriers for meeting longer term revitalization goals

Participants will participate in a co-design process for defining a transdisciplinary, integrated research project, by unpacking the existing body of research with potential for immediate translation, identifying the key research gaps and questions that are critical for river revitalization, understanding the complexities of the research and stakeholder landscape, and define a transdisciplinary approach for ongoing research and collaboration.

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Citarum River Revitalisation & Learning Alliance Workshop has been organised by Megan Cockroft, Michael O’Neill, Jane Holden, Paul Satur, Wikke Novalia and Yosua Yosafat Andree Saroinsong and is presented by:

Monash University, Universitas Indonesia, and City of Melbourne

Dr Briony Rogers

Faculty of Arts, Monash University and Chief Research Officer, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Briony C. Rogers is an academic with Monash University’s School of Social Sciences and the Chief Research Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. With a background in civil engineering, Briony brings a social science lens to interdisciplinary sustainability and resilience challenges. Her research examines the dynamics and governance of sustainability transformations, with a particular interest in collaborative processes and diagnostic tools that support change in policy and practice. She has worked with cities across Australia and internationally in action research settings to develop strategic guidance for cities pursuing visions of a water sensitive future.

Prof Diego Ramirez-Lovering

Director, Informal Cities Lab, Monash Art, Design & Architecture

Ramírez-Lovering’s research examines the contributory role that architecture and urbanism can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments -climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth with a key focus on the Global South and through a lens of planetary health. As an award winning architectural practitioner and researcher, he has been commissioned to design a range of projects including affordable housing, commercial projects and public art projects and has completed a number of urban resilience projects with state and federal Government in Australia and internationally.

Ramirez-Lovering is the director of the Informal Cities Lab (ICL) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. The Lab undertakes design-based research exploring and speculating on the conditions of informality in developing cities. ICL research – designed and conducted in collaboration with government and industry – strives for impact, purposefully and strategically targeting implementation at the intersection of academic research and international development.

As an example of this research approach, Ramirez-Lovering is leading the development and implementation of designs for a multi-million dollar international research project aiming to advance human health and well-being in informal settlements. The project, titled Revitalising Informal Settlements and Their Environments, aims to transform housing, water infrastructure, water management, and sanitation practices in 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia. The research is funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Our Planet Our Healthprogram and the civil works from the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.

Areas of expertise include Sustainable Urban Design and Architecture, International Development, and Informal Settlement Revitalisation.

Dr Reni Suwarso

Director, Centre for Political Science, Universitas Indonesia

Reni Suwarso has been a faculty member at the Department of Political Science, University of Indonesia (UI) in Jakarta since 1992. She is the Director of the Centre for Political Science at UI, the head of Democracy and Citizenship Research Cluster UI (2019-2020) and Director of the Institute for Democracy, Defence and Strategic Issues. Previously,Reni was Director of Centre for Elections and Political Party UI (2014-2018).

Reni’s research interests include the socio-political environment for transformative agendas for cities in Indonesia. Reni co-led the Governance research for the Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC) Funded Urban Water Cluster, that developed socio-technical leapfrogging pathways for Bogor, West Java Indonesia and in 2019 AIC appointed Reni as the Senior fellow for Partnerships for Australia and Indonesia Research (PAIR) program in rural Makassar, South Sulawesi. Reni is currently a Principal Co-Investigator for the co-development of the Citarum action research program in collaboration with Monash, and collaborating with University of Warwick on gender related challenges in informal settlements.

For her doctoral thesis at Victoria University in Melbourne, Reni worked on a project called ‘Indonesian Democracy: The Impact of Electoral Systems on Political Parties, 1955-2009’. Prior to that Reni completed a Masters degree in Public Policy at the University of Sydney and her Bachelor of Political Science at the University of Indonesia.

Councillor Philip Le Liu

Chair of International Engagement, City of Melbourne

An accomplished Management Consultant with over five years’ experience at a top tier professional service firm, Philip will use his skills gained across various industries to help solve current and future issues. In addition, Philip has a deep knowledge of Asia, where he worked as a general manager for a non-profit youth organisation that promoted bilateral relations between Australia and China.

Philip's passion includes entrepreneurship, multiculturalism and international relations – especially in the area of international students, a group that he believes is an integral part of our community. To achieve the aspiration of this Council, Philip looks forward to collaborating with staff, stakeholders, residents, businesses and other Councillors.

He is Council representative on the following committees and bodies:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Destination Melbourne

He is also Deputy Chair of Arts, Culture and Heritage Portfolio and Deputy Chair of Knowledge Portfolio.

Prof Andrew MacIntyre

Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, South East Asia Partnership

Professor Andrew MacIntyre is Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Southeast Asia Partnerships) at Monash University. In this capacity he is responsible for leading the University’s expanding engagement in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia.

Prior to joining Monash University, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Development and Director of the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT. Earlier roles include Dean of the College and Director of the Research School of Asia & the Pacific (2008-2014) and founding Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy (2002-2009) at the Australian National University; and Associate Dean at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at the University of California, San Diego (1994-2002).

Professor MacIntyre serves on the board of directors of the Asia Society Australia.  He is also a board member of the Asia Foundation Australia and is Deputy Chair of the Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (AusPECC). He previously served as a director of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue and as a consultant to government institutions and companies in Australia, the United States and China, as well as international agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Professor MacIntyre is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and has served on the editorial committees of an array of scholarly journals. He has published widely on Southeast Asian politics, international relations in the Asia-Pacific region and, more recently, enhancing universities. He was the founder of the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies. He is the recipient of the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for contributions to the promotion of relations between Japan and Australia (2006) and also a recipient of the Presidential Friends of Indonesia award (2010).

Mayjen TNI (Purn) Dedi Kusnadi Thamin

Chief Operating Officer Citarum Taskforce

Born in Bandung on August 31st 1958, Dedi Kusnadi Thamim is former Commander of the Siliwangi 3rd Regional Military Command in West Java Province of Indonesia. Now served as Acting Chairman for the Citarum Harum Task Force. He finishes his military training in AKABRI and had been in acting duty since Feb 1st 1983. He retired in Aug 31st 2018 as a Major General and during his military career he was awarded with 7 Medals from Indonesian Government namely: SL. Seroja, SL. Kesetiaan VIII, SL. Kesetiaan XVI, SL. Kesetiaan XXIV, Bintang KEP Nararya, Bintang Yudha Dharma Nararya, and Bintang Yudha Dharma Pratama.

Prof Tony Capon

Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in planetary health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. A public health physician and authority in environmental health and health promotion, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. Tony is a former director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), and has previously held professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and Australian National University. He is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health that published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, and the International Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

Prof Shane Murray

Dean, Monash Art, Design and Architecture

Shane is the Dean of Monash Art Design and Architecture.

Shane Murray is an authority in the discipline of architectural design and has published and lectured extensively in this subject. He has a track record of strategic leadership and management within the university context. Shane has held several key leadership positions including Director of Architecture RMIT and Director of the Urban Architecture Laboratory RMIT. His research interests include architectural design and contemporary housing. He is a recipient of research funding from both industry and government including the Australian Research Council and continues to conduct research into contemporary housing issues.In 2001 Shane Murray was elevated to Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in recognition of his services to architecture and he regularly chairs and participates in RAIA award juries and committees. In 1999 he was Artistic Director of the architectural component of the inaugural Melbourne Biennale. In 2006 Shane Murray was Co Artistic Director of the Australian Pavilion exhibition Micro Macro City for the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. In November 2007 Shane was appointed Foundation Professor of Architecture and inaugural Head of Department for the new architecture program in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University.

Prof Tony Wong

Executive Chairman at Water Sensitive Cities Institute

Professor Tony Wong was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), from its inception in 2012 until February 2020. This Australian Government $120 million interdisciplinary research centre has research hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore.

Tony is internationally recognised for his research and practice in sustainable urban water management. His pioneering program of work—the Water Sensitive Cities approach—takes a unique socio-technical approach for concurrently addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges of traditional urban water management.

In 2018, he was presented with the International Water Association (IWA) Global Water Award in recognition of his exceptional role in urban water extending over 30 years, working to bridge gaps between sectors and to foster integrated interdisciplinarity. He has also received the prestigious Sir John Holland Award as Australia’s 2010 Civil Engineer of the Year (2010), having defined "a new paradigm for design of urban environments that blends creativity with technical and scientific rigour”.

Dr. Ir. Prima Mayaningtias, M. Si

Secretariat, West Java Provincial Environmental Agency, Vice Chairman of the Citarum Taskforce

Prima is the Secretary of West Java Province Environmental Agency and Vice Chairman of Citarum Taskforce. Prima received her Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Studies from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). She further continues her study in ITB to obtain her Master Degree in Biological Resource Management and Doctoral Degree in Biology. Prima dedicates herself for public service especially on matters related to environmental management and environmental damage control. In her spare time, she teaches Environmental Assessment in ITB and UNPAD.

Prof Chris Chesterfield

Chair of Birrarung Council or Director at CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

During his career of more than 30 years in the water and environment industry, Chris has held a number of senior executive roles including founding CEO of the Office for Living Victoria. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in waterway and urban water management and for establishing Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design.

Since 2014, Chris has been a director at the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities leading or supporting a number of national research and development projects across Australia and working to promote Australian water innovation internationally.

In addition, Chris is a Commissioner and Chair of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and chairs several advisory committees for the Ministers for Planning, Water and Environment including the Birrarung Council, a new statutory body, which brings together Traditional Owners and community to act as the ‘voice’ for the Yarra River.

Charlotte Beresford

Project Manager – Yarra Strategic Plan, Melbourne Water

Charlotte is an outcome-focused professional with over 13 years experience in integrated water management (IWM). As the Project Manager for the Yarra Strategic Plan, Charlotte leads a multi-disciplinary team to deliver the first integrated corridor plan developed collaboratively by Traditional Owners and all 15 state and local agencies involved in managing the Yarra River.

Margie McKay

Team Leader, Urban Design and Design Review, City of Melbourne

Margie McKay is a Melbourne based Urban Designer who currently leads the Urban Design team at City of Melbourne. Margie has played a leading role in the formulation and delivery of plans, strategies and projects that have significantly contributed to the improvement of the public environment in Australia and New Zealand. She has particular interest in the role of government planners and designers in shaping creative, socially connected communities. Margie has a wide range of architectural, urban design and strategic planning experience in both public and private sectors.

Rob Skinner

Director of Monash University’s MSDI Water and Deputy Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Rob Skinner is Professorial Fellow and Director of Monash University’s MSDI Water and Deputy Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. He is also the Chair of WaterAid International, a Director of Yarra Valley Water and Director the International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management.

Rob was Managing Director of Melbourne Water for six years until 2011. Prior to that he was the CEO of the Kingston Council, a large municipality in Melbourne.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA).

Abby Farmer

Manager, Integrated water management - Metro Melbourne, Dept Environment, Land Water and Planning

Abby Farmer is the Senior Manager for Integrated Water Management for Metropolitan Melbourne. She has been working in the Australian water industry for the last two decades. In work undertaken both in Melbourne Water and the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, she has been exploring and trialling collaborative integrated water management opportunities. Her interest and exploration spans the technical, governance, policy and cultural aspects.

Vicki Barmby

Team Leader - Climate Resilience at City of Melbourne

Vicki is a sustainability professional with 20 years of experience in delivering sustainability strategies and policies including climate change adaptation, mitigation and integrated water management. She is the Team Leader for the Climate Change Adaptation Team at the City of Melbourne and is responsible for leading the city’s climate change adaptation response and Integrated Water Management.

In 2017 she completed a refresh of Melbourne’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Municipal Integrated Water Management Plan. These strategies provide the direction for how Melbourne plans, prepares for and responds to the impacts of climate change.

Peter Breen

Director at E2Designlab

Dr Peter Breen is a Practice Professor in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and director of E2Designlab Pty Ltd. He is interested in inter-disciplinary research and was co-leader of the Urban Program in the CRC for Freshwater Ecology which was one of the first CRCs. Peter has a long interest in the integration of science and engineering practice in the management of urban and rural aquatic ecosystems. He has been a leading researcher and practitioner in the development of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in Australia. Peter has over 35 years in the water sector and has held positions in industry, academia, research and consulting. His research and practice interests including aquatic botany, wetland, stream and lake ecology, stormwater and wastewater treatment, water quality management and restoration ecology. Peter’s recent research and practice focus has been on developing green infrastructure interventions for the RISE (Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments) program. The focus of the RISE Program in understanding how integrated water management intervention in informal settlement could improve the health of residents and the environment. This program is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Asian Development Bank.

Dr Dan Evans

Deputy Chief Environmental Scientist at Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA)

Dr Dan Evans has 23 years’ experience in research, environmental consultancy and government regulatory roles investigating the source, transport, fate and ecological impact of contaminants to receiving waterbodies. He is a member of a number of scientific boards and one of only five Australian scientists nominated on the Water Quality Knowledge and Advisory Service Asia-Pacific Expert Panel for the World Health Organisation. Dan is currently the Deputy Chief Environmental Scientist at the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria. This is a forward-thinking executive-level role providing effective leadership of EPA’s applied science teams. He is responsible for developing and implementing actions to enhance EPA's applied science, making significant contributions to strategic priorities, research agenda and the Applied Science Strategy. Dan has a passion for science not sitting on the shelf gathering dust, but rather it being used to actively inform improved catchment management for the benefit of both the environment and the people who reside in it.’

Kirstin Coote

Manager, Strategic Operations - Waste and Recycling Branch| Capital Projects and Infrastructure

Kirstin Coote is an environmental scientist working as Manager strategic operations in Waste and Amenity at the City Of Melbourne. Kirstin has been with the City Of Melbourne for over 12 years working in both strategic and operational roles. With over 25 years waste experience she has lead a varied path including wearing a white lab coat while carrying out field work looking at agricultural uses for waste (bio solids!), developing waste strategies for UK governments and driven optimisation of waste operations for organisations she has worked within. In amongst her achievements she is raising two kids, one husband, three horses and a boxer, and is an active volunteer at her local pony club group.

Stefan Kaufman

Senior Researcher, Behaviour Works Australia

Dr Kaufman is a ‘pracademic’ and has worked in behavioural science in the BWA partnership since 2009, along with 11 years experience as a social scientist in regulation to protect the environment and human health. He completed a PhD in Human Ecology at the Australian National University in 2009 on intentional social change for sustainability. His current major project works with 5 Australian government agencies and a range of field trial partners to apply behavioural public policy to the waste crisis and accelerate the transition to the circular economy, with a particular focus on preventing kerbside recycling contamination, increasing the impact of ecolabels on consumers and producers, and interventions to encourage business adoption of circular economy practices.

Rob Raven

Deputy Director - Research

Professor Raven joins MSDI from Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and the Innovation Studies department of Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he has held the role of designated chair and professor of ‘Institutions and Societal Transitions’. Prior to this Professor Raven worked as Associate Professor of sustainability transitions in a global context at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Professor Raven’s interest is in understanding the dynamics and governance of sustainability transitions and socio-technical innovation. He has made major contributions to multi-level theories of transformative change, the notion of socio-technical experimentation and to the governance perspective of strategic niche management. His empirical work has covered energy and mobility transition processes in both Europe and Asia. He has co-authored over 50 scientific articles and two books on these topics and was editor of special issues in Research Policy, Technological Forecasting & Social Change and Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

In 2012 Professor Raven won the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) Chris Freeman award for a significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation. His current research agenda is focussed on analysis of transformative change in urban context such as smart eco-cities, with a key question of how socio-technical experimentation, institutional change and incumbent urban regimes co-produce the future of cities world-wide.

Nikki Gemmill

Senior Manager Urban Water Policy

Nikki Gemmill has worked in water policy for 11 years in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She has held senior management roles for the past 7 years in Rural Water and Aboriginal Water and is now the Senior Manager, Urban Water Policy. In this role she has oversight of the Yarra River Action Plan, a commitment made by the Victorian Government in 2017. She also is responsible for statewide policy reform to increase the uptake of recycled water for a variety of non-drinking uses.

Dr Rebecca Koss

Senior Communications & Engagement Advisor, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

Dr Rebecca Koss is a senior sustainability professional with over 20 years’ experience in environmental, conservation and science policy and management. Rebecca is currently the Senior Communications and Engagement Advisor for the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability where she authored the inaugural State of the Yarra and Its Parklands 2018 Report and co-authored the Victorian State of the Environment 2018 Report. She served as a Board Member of the Central Coastal Board and has a reputation for her knowledge across environmental stewardship, sustainability and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Rebecca holds a PhD in Conservation and Environmental Management, a Global Executive MBA and is a graduate of the inaugural Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Leaders Program.

Julie Boulton

Project Manager, MSDI

Julie is a Project Manager at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and engages with a diverse range of stakeholders on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Julie's role involves educating and promoting the implementation of the SDGs, with a particular focus on reporting and measuring progress against the SDGs. Prior to MSDI, Julie was an Assistant Director at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she developed the Australian Government’s SDG data platform and assisted with the preparation of Australia’s first Voluntary National Review on the SDGs. Julie holds a Masters in International Development from RMIT and a Bachelor of Law/Arts from Deakin University.

Aleasha McCallion

Senior Operations Coordinator, MSDI

Aleasha is the Senior Operations Coordinator at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), and sees the collective capability across a range of expertise as critical to tackling the sustainability challenges within the textile sector in Australia and currently undertaking research investigating what is required for transitions within the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) industry in Australia to a circular economy model. Aleasha has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences (Textiles) from UBC and Masters of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) from RMIT.

Laura-lee Innes

Associate Professor, Civil and Chemical Engineering (Environmental Engineering)

Laura-lee Innes holds a joint appointment at Monash to the Departments of Chemical and Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering. She obtained her BEng and PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, where her PhD research focussed on the performance of polymeric containers used for the storage of radioactive waste. She also completed her MSc in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta where her research focussed on the crack resistance of thermoplastic roadway markings. She has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Air Force, where she trained as an Air Navigator and had responsibility for development and implementation of the ISO14001 Environmental Management System at one of the first Canadian Air Force Bases to adopt this system.

Prior to joining Monash in 2019, Laura-lee spent 12 years at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria where she held various roles including the role of Senior Applied Scientist – Waste and Chemicals from 2014 as well as the appointment as EPA Victoria’s Principal Expert for Waste from 2013. While at EPA Victoria, she developed and delivered research programs that provided the evidence base to inform regulatory and policy development and implementation in the areas of waste and chemicals. In 2017 she was the technical lead for the development of the Australian Environmental Regulators Per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan.

Dr Meg Argyriou

Head of International Programs, ClimateWorks Australia

Meg leads ClimateWorks Australia's international programs, with a focus on supporting mid-century decarbonisation in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. She has written extensively on the nexus between climate action and sustainable development, and on the benefits of long term strategies. Meg is currently leading ClimateWorks efforts to identify opportunities for comparative advantage in a decarbonising world in Southeast Asian economies, and to develop a long term investment framework to align finance flows with the Paris Agreement in middle-income economies. She has previously led the development of a ‘how to’ guide for Pacific Islands to develop and implement long term strategies, and brings extensive experience in convening public and private stakeholders through leading ambitious low carbon growth plans in emissions intensive, trade exposed regions in Australia. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Meg managed government funding programs focused on capacity building. She has also worked for the International Energy Agency, supporting working parties focused on energy efficiency, renewables and clean technology transfer.

Dr Emi Gui

Senior Project Manager (Energy Systems), ClimateWorks Australia

Dr Emi Gui works as a Senior Project Manager (Energy Systems) at ClimateWorks Australia. She has extensive expertise in energy consulting and research in Australia, Asia-Pacific and Europe, including policy design, energy infrastructure planning, the electricity market, and renewable energy market research. Her research work focuses on interdisciplinary topics, addressing socio-economic aspects of distributed energy infrastructure, such as microgrids, community energy, and consumer-centric service innovations in the utility sector, facilitating community and private sector participation in the low-carbon energy transition. Emi has a PhD in Energy Policy and Energy Economics from the University of New South Wales. She also holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School in Australia and a Master of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Dr Bruce McGregor

Life Member of the Friends of Merri Creek

Community advocate for the environmental restoration of the Merri Creek, Melbourne, since 1976. Executive member of the Merri Creek governance organisations (1980-1996). Foundation Vice-President and then Secretary of the Merri Creek Management Committee and member of Merri Creek Strategic Planning Committee as a community member (pro bono). Life Member of the Friends of Merri Creek. Professionally, Research Scientist in agriculture and land management with Victorian Government, Deakin University and as a private consultant. Postgraduate qualifications in ornithology and organisation leadership.

Jim Curtis

Dr Jim Curtis is a Senior Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia within the Monash SUstainable Development Institute. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Applied Social Psychology from Monash University. His research focuses on gaining an intimate, theoretical and applied understanding of the influences impacting on the behaviour of a range of target audiences. In recent years, these audiences have included government employees, farmers, building managers, waste operators, park visitors, low-income households, environment protection officers, businesses, schools and local councils, mostly with a focus on achieving sustainable outcomes.

Jim has led or collaborated with research teams on more than 200 behaviour change projects and has acquired an intimate understanding of how the public sector interacts with research and the different ways that research can inform program design and policy. He has also been instrumental in developing innovative behaviour change training offerings to the public sector, with the aim of developing behaviour change research skills and mindsets within government agencies where staff work on “live” projects in real-time.

Jamie Ewert

National Engagement Manager

Jamie has over 21 years’ experience in the water and environment industry having worked in roles in service delivery, regulation, policy, strategy and research. He has recently joined the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities following 16 years at Melbourne Water Corporation with a focus on waterway management and integrated water management. At the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Jamie works as a broker between researchers and industry and delivers the CRC’s ‘Research Synthesis’ service to facilitate the translation and adoption of CRCWSC research into practice. He has worked with cities across Australia to develop practical water sensitive city projects and brings extensive facilitation, engagement and IWM strategic skills to this project.

Ben Furmage

Chief Operating and Finance Officer

Ben Furmage, formerly General Manager, Customer and Strategy at Melbourne Water, joined the CRCWSC on a four-month secondment in mid-January as the interim COO and in June 2017 was appointed its Chief Operating and Finance Officer (COFO).

In his past role at Melbourne Water, Ben was responsible for setting the organisation’s high level strategic direction, overseeing community engagement, and improving customer service. Ben has provided executive leadership to a range of functions across Melbourne Water including water resource and infrastructure planning, utility regulation, public affairs, sustainability, innovation, customer service, research, and development. As a member of Melbourne Water’s executive leadership team since 2008, Ben has led large scale organisational change and industry reform programs. Ben is also an active contributor to the Water Services Association of Australia and VicWater.

Prior to joining Melbourne Water, Ben worked with the National Competition Council, the Productivity Commission, and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Ben has an honours degree in Economics, a Masters of Business Administration, and has recently completed the Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr Dwinanti Rika Marthanty

Senior Lecturer and researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, Universitas Indonesia

Dr Dwinanti Rika Marthanty is the head of Hydraulic, Hydrology and River in the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia since 2020. She holds a double degree doctor in Civil Engineering from Université de Lille 1, France and from Universitas Indonesia in 2016. Her ongoing research includes development of a smoothed particle hydrodynamics method to model water flow through hydraulic structures, hydrodynamics and pollutant transport modeling in surface water system and in through porous medium.

In international research society, she is an active member of IAHR (International Association of Hydro-environmental Researches) and IAHS (International Association of Hydrological Science), as well as in Indonesian Hydraulic Engineering Association (HATHI). For international publication, she contributes as a reviewer for Environmental Fluid Mechanics Springer Journal, and a technical committee for Bi-annual International Conference Quality in Research, Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia. In professional society, she is certified as a professional water resources engineer by Indonesian Construction Services Development Board (LPJK).

Megan Cockroft

International Business Development, City of Melbourne

Megan is an international business development specialist with over ten years’ experience helping organisations across a range of industries to identify and scope business opportunities in international markets, with a particular focus on Asia. She leads the Indonesia engagement portfolio at the City of Melbourne and in 2018 initiated engagement with the Bandung City Government to identify and develop initiatives that intersect with Melbourne’s key sector strengths, with the aim of facilitating business connections and promoting knowledge exchange.

Prior to joining the City of Melbourne, Megan held a number of international roles, including working for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise in both New Zealand and France and successfully recruiting international students throughout Asia for the Business School at the University of Auckland.

Michael O’Neill

Sector Lead - Water | Liveability Victoria International, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Michael is a Certified Environmental Practitioner who currently leads the water sector stream at Liveability Victoria International where he is tasked with sharing Victoria’s expertise to create thriving, liveable cities and places with a particular focus on the state’s water management and governance frameworks. Michael has a degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Queensland and over a decade’s experience in the water, environmental, planning, policy and built environment sectors. Michael is currently leading the Victorian Government’s CivVic Labs challenge which is utilising Victoria’s start-up sector to measure Victoria’s liveability through the Sustainable Development Goals.

Jane Holden

Citarum Program Manager, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & Monash Art, Design and Architecture

Dr Jane Holden holds a cross-institute appointment as the Citarum Program Manager for Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA). Jane works to build transdisciplinary coalitions of researchers, across Monash and partner Universities, local government and communities, to share knowledge, build capacity for transformative change and co-design action research agendas for on-ground impact. Since joining Monash in 2014, Jane has managed over $12m of transdisciplinary research funding at Monash and coordinated research activity across Social Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Business & Economics, Sustainable Development and Accident Research, and built strong research partnerships in Indonesia.

Before moving to Monash, Jane held several strategic and program management roles, for the mining, power generation and aviation industries. Living in SE Asia for 7 years, working with NGOs and co-founding a social enterprise in 2009, Jane has a deep, understanding of the cultural, social and economic complexity of transitioning vulnerable communities towards more sustainable and liveable futures, and the opportunities for goods crafted from waste in the global marketplace.

Jane has a PhD (1995) in Physics and a Masters’ in Business Administration (2004) majoring in Organisational Change and Strategic Management, both from Monash University.

Paul Satur

Lecturer / Researcher Water Sensitive Cities, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Paul Satur is an early career environmental and social science researcher and practitioner with the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities as part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. His role is to provide the research, training and influence necessary to support the ongoing transitions of urban, semi-urban, rural and remote communities to sustainable, liveable, productive and resilient water sensitive futures.

With a background in Environmental management Paul possesses over 10 years’ experience in the integrated urban water management/ natural resource management sector, having particular expertise in the development, delivery and review of stakeholder engagement, education and capacity building programs for empowering diverse stakeholders and communities in the places they live and value. Paul continues to work effectively in spaces that present complex socio-institutional and socio-ecological challenges for the continued development of sustainable systems, places and futures. In 2019 Paul was the Australian Water Associations, Victorian Young Water Professional of the year.

Wikke Novalia

Research Fellow, School of Social Science

Dr Wikke Novalia is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University. She is currently working on a variety of interdisciplinary research programs, including the Citarum Action Research Platform and the Australia-Indonesia Centre Urban Water Cluster. Her research expertise is in the field of urban governance with a focus on understanding the socio-institutional dynamics that shape collaborative policymaking and promote green infrastructure options across developing Asian cities. Wikke completed her PhD in Environmental Sociology at Monash University as part of the Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Program in Water and Sustainability in Asia. She also holds a Master’s in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology and had professional working experience as a water engineer across Indonesia and the Netherlands.

Yosua Yosafat Andree Saroinsong

Citarum Liaison Officer for Universitas Indonesia and Monash

Yosua is the Citarum Revitalization Liaison Officer and a Political Science Researcher at Universitas Indonesia. Yosua received his Bachelor Degree in Indonesian Private Law from Universitas Indonesia and he further continued his study to obtain his Master Degree in International Business Administration and International Trade Policy in Monash University. Yosua has 5 years of working experience as a Lawyer focusing in Foreign Direct Investment, Indonesian Intellectual Property Law, and Public Policy.

Sarah Watkins

Integrated Water Management Area lead, Melbourne Water

Sarah’s background as both an Environmental Engineer and Environmental Scientist gives her a technical edge in her role as Area Lead for Integrated Water Management at Melbourne Water.  She works closely with Councils, Water Retailers, other Government agencies and the community to develop and implement integrated water management solutions for complex problems. She develops non-business as usual approaches to water supply, sewerage, stormwater projects, with a particular focus on protecting urban waterways. Through her time in consulting, Sarah developed her technical skills, including modelling and design of water sensitive urban design and stormwater harvesting systems. Sarah has recently earned a Masters in Integrated Water Management.

Asep Kusumah S. Sos, M.Si

Head of Environmental Agency, Regency of Bandung

Asep is the Head of DLH, Regency of Bandung. Asep received his Bachelor Degree in State Administration from UNTAG Cirebon. He further continues his study in Langlangbuana University to obtain his Master Degree in Public Administration. Asep dedicates himself for public service with experience ranging from being the Head of Margahayu and CIleunyi Sub-district (Camat) and Expert Staff for Regent of Bandung Regency.

Ir. Bambang Rianto, M.Sc

Head West Java Environmental Agency

Bambang is the Chairman of Environmental Agency, West Java. Bambang received his Bachelor Degree from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). He further continues his study in IHE to obtain his Master Degree. Bambang dedicates himself for on matters related to environmental management and spatial management.

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