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Interdisciplinary research is a fundamental part of the way Monash Sustainable Development Institute operates.


John Thwaites

When it comes to working towards a more sustainable future, few people have played as significant a role as John Thwaites. And as the Chair of Monash Sustainable Development Institute, it’s a role that continues to make a lasting impact.

Besides his work with the Institute, John is one of six Co-Chairs of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which was established in 2012. The Network provides expert advice on meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Named one of the Top 100 Global Sustainability Leaders in 2012 by ABC Carbon and Sustainability Asia, John chairs Melbourne Water, the Australian Building Codes Board and the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, and is also a Director of the Australian Green Building Council. He has previously  worked  as a special advisor to the Timor-Leste Minister for Infrastructure, and was the Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 to 2007 – leading key initiatives in climate change, water, energy, health and social justice.


Tony Capon

Tony Capon is the Director of 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.

Explore Tony's research.