Annette is leading the development of MSDI's sustainable development education program.
Annette has developed and led a range of educational and capacity building programs, in both developing and developed countries. At UNESCO-IHE (Delft, the Netherlands) this involved the development and delivery of the Masters of Water Management, in particular the specialisation on Water Services Management. During her time at UNESCO-IHE she also co-led the large capacity building component of the Water for African Cities Program, a program that was part of the wider effort to meet the Millennium Development Goals, financed by UN-Habitat. Annette also delivers the International Water Centre's - Masters of Integrated Water Management's award winning module on 'Urban Futures – Delivering Water Sensitive Cities'. Annette has also taught into Monash's Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability.
In her research activities, Annette has developed new socio-technical understandings of urban water governance and published on how to design social learning processes to advance more sustainable policy and practices from a futures perspective. Her research interests include sustainability futures/transitions, social learning, water sector governance and organisational development. Prior to joining MSDI, Annette was a researcher in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and based in the School of Social Science (Faculty of Arts).
Annette has an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Social Science (Monash University), a MSc in Water and Waste Engineering (Loughborough University, UK) and a BSc in Civil Engineering (HTS, the Netherlands). In her early career, she gained hands-on experience as an engineer and project manager on water and sanitation projects in Kenya and South Africa. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively with industry, government agencies and aid organisations.