Annette Bos

Annette Bos

Annette Bos

  • Type: Executive
  • Position: Deputy Director – Education
  • Team: Education
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Associate Professor Annette Bos is the Director of Education at Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), working to develop the leadership capacity of people to drive and enact transformative change towards more sustainable and just futures.

Since her appointment (2015) at MSDI and in collaboration with Monash faculties, industry, government and not-for-profit organisations, Annette has created a thriving sustainable development education program comprised of undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as executive, tailored, and co-curricular educational offerings. Annette believes that by employing principles of ‘Education for Sustainable Development’, MSDI’s offerings deliver experiences that empower people and develop the mindsets, competencies and tools needed to address complex, inter-connected sustainability challenges.

As a social scientist and engineer, Annette brings a unique combination of practice (including consulting) and academic experience to co-create real-life, relevant learning environments. Since the early 2000’s, she has championed interdisciplinary education in Europe, Africa, Australia and worked with international organisations (such UN-Habitat, World Vision and the World Bank) to design and deliver large capacity development programs. She currently coordinates and teaches into the Leadership for Sustainable Development specialisation in the Monash Master of Environment and Sustainability.

Annette has won numerous awards for the programs she has co-developed, including the prestigious Banksia Research and Academic Award (2019) and the Monash Vice Chancellor Excellence Award (2019).


Sustainable development, sustainability transitions, social learning, governance, experimentation, education

Research Interests

Annette’s research develops new socio-technical understandings of transitions to sustainable futures. She is interested in how experimental governance processes impact transformational change and how such governance affects (social) learning as a transformational pathway. Her empirical work has mostly covered urban water transition processes. More recently, Annette has become interest in studying the the impact and design of sustainable development education.


PhD in Environmental Sociology (Monash University, Australia).
MSc in Water and Waste Engineering (Loughborough University, UK).
BEng in Civil Engineering (The Netherlands)

Recent Publications

Novalia, W., Rogers, B., Bos, A., Brown, R. R., Soedjono, E. & Copa Torrez, V., 2020, Transformative agency in co-producing sustainable development in the urban south, Cities. 102, 14 p.

Gimelli, F., Rogers, B. & Bos, A., 2019, Linking water services and human well-being through the Fundamental Human Needs Framework: The case of India, Water Alternatives: an interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development. 12, 2, p. 715-733.

Bedi, G. & Bos, A. (ed.), 2019, Sustainable development tertiary education and training: strengthening the transformative learning experience, Proceedings of Seventh Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Conference. New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), 11 p.

Novalia, W., Brown, R. R., Rogers, B. C. & Bos, J. J., 2018, A diagnostic framework of strategic agency: Operationalising complex interrelationships of agency and institutions in the urban infrastructure sector, Environmental Science and Policy. 83, p. 11-21 11 p.

Farrelly, M. A. & Bos, J. J., 2018, Broadening Experimentation through Research-Industry Collaboratives in the Australian Water Sector, Innovating Climate Governance: Moving Beyond Experiments. Turnheim, B., Kivimaa, P. & Berkhout, F. (eds.). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 103-120 18 p.

Search Annette’s other research publications and reports here.

Current Supervisions

Vanessa Copa
Jane Wardani
Jennifer Dam

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