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Rebekah Brown

Director, RISE Program
Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research)
T: +61 3 9905 2122

Professor Rebekah Brown is the Senior Vice Provost and Vice-Provost (Research) for Monash University. She is the immediate past Director of MSDI (2015-2018) and is the Director of the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program.

As a social scientist with a background as a civil engineer, Rebekah is a pioneer of interdisciplinary research across the social and biophysical sciences in sustainable water management. She co-founded the water sensitive cities research platform at Monash University as a sustainable development solution to urban water challenges globally. Rebekah was then instrumental in the establishment of the $120M (AUD) Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and was its inaugural Chief Research Officer.

Rebekah’s research is focused on understanding the social and institutional transformations required to accelerate transitions to more liveable, resilient and sustainable cities. She has published over 100 papers in leading journals including Nature, Science, Global Environmental Change and Water Research. Rebekah is a consulting Editor to Global Challenges, and on a number of international Editorial Boards including Urban Water Journal and Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions. She is also a member of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority's Governing Board.

In 2016 an international research consortium led by Rebekah was awarded AUD $17M funding from the UK-based Wellcome Trust for a five year project in partnership with the Asian Development Bank to implement a water sensitive revitalisation of informal settlements across the Asia-Pacific. The project brings together expertise across public health, ecology, economics, urban design, engineering and social science disciplines as well as partnerships with organisations including Stanford University, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, World Health Organisation, Oxfam and WaterAid.