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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.


Rod Glover

Creativity. Innovation. Systems. Policy. Passion.

As Monash Sustainable Development Institute's Interim Director, Professor Rod Glover wants to see a world in which people and communities everywhere are supported to think big and dream large.

Rod is an experienced economist whose ambition to reduce inequality has seen him work at the highest levels of policy and politics to effect change. Rod has led the design and development of major policy frameworks in Australia, including the COAG National Reform Agenda, an Australian Government Industry and Innovation Statement and the establishment of a number of new entrepreneurial institutions.

His practical experience in strategy, policy, innovation and social change - at global, national and local levels, provides him with insight into how and why our public systems can fail, and the technical, social and political strategies that can set them on a different path.

Rod is a passionate supporter of challengers and change makers – those who refuse to be complicit or compliant in outdated institutional arrangements that lock public systems into vicious cycles of low innovation, lack of impact and loss of trust.