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Grants Development Manager
Monash Sustainable Development Institute  
T: +61 3 9905 9411

Sue Pepper is MSDI’s research development specialist.

Sue is highly regarded for her ability to use government, business and university networks to identify and build strategic opportunities and has expertise in policy development, strategic planning and project management.

She has played key roles in establishing and managing trans-disciplinary research centres and international research programs and has led successful proposal bids for the one ARC Research Hub and two ARC Training Centres within the Australian government’s Industrial Transformations program.

Sue joined the team in May 2016 after nearly 5 years at the University of Tasmania where she was a successful Research Development Manager. Sue began her career as a medical scientist, specialising in microbiology and parasitology, before undertaking a biotechnology based PhD. Following the completion of her PhD in 2004, Sue was appointed as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne where she helped to establish a new food science degree. It was during that time that she first developed an interest in philanthropic and government funded research programs when she was seconded from the University to the Geoffrey Gardner Foundation to establish processes associated with the foundation’s newly established granting scheme.

To build a broader skill set, Sue moved to Canberra to work as a senior manager with Food Standards Australia New Zealand and later with the National Blood Authority before moving to Melbourne to work with Biosecurity Victoria within DPI. In these roles, Sue made significant contribution to the development of regulatory food standards nationally (and internationally through joint programs with AusAID), as well as leading improvements to the management of the Australian blood product sector at a national level. She also advised key stakeholders on policy and regulatory issues and identified and responded to new and emerging strategic issues impacting on human health and safety. Sue holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (RMIT University) and a PhD (Victoria University).