MSI Director presents Sir John Monash Lecture
Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute, Professor Rebekah Brown, has delivered the prestigious Sir John Monash Lecture at the Monash University Malaysia campus.
The Sir John Monash Lecture Series aims to engage the community through the promotion of thought leadership in key areas that are strategic to the development of the region in the 21st Century.
The series is presented by high-profile thinkers, international leaders, policy makers, corporate leaders and world-class academicians and experts all of whom are distinguished in their areas of expertise and whose work have made a significant impact to the global community.
Professor Brown's presentation, Realising Sustainable Water Management in Cities, covered the latest interdisciplinary research across the social and physical sciences, and gave practical examples of green infrastructure for sustainable urban water management.
Professor Brown introduced the Water Sensitive Cities approach and how it improves the liveability and resilience of cities facing challenges such as climate change and rapid population growth.
"The effects of climate change have made extreme weather unpredictable and cities need to be resilient to face its consequences," said Professor Brown.
“The opportunities are here for these cities to grow and develop by increasing their liveability and keeping their ecological footprint low, through making smart decisions about city planning.”
Professor Brown also provided guidance on how government, private, community and research sectors could contribute to sustainable water management in cities.