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MSDI Director Appointed Senior-Vice Provost and Vice-Provost (Research)


MSDI Director Appointed Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research), Monash University

Monash Sustainable Development Institute would like to congratulate its Director, Professor Rebekah Brown, on her appointment to the position of Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research) of Monash University.

Professor Brown has been Director of the Institute since February 2015. During that time she has led MSDI’s focus on finding solutions to the complex global challenges posed by the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Chair of MSDI, Professor John Thwaites congratulated Professor Brown on her new appointment and thanked her for her outstanding contribution to MSDI.

"MSDI has made significant transformations under Rebekah’s leadership and has gone from strength to strength. I congratulate Rebekah on this significant opportunity at Monash University.”

Professor Brown was instrumental in securing the Wellcome Trust grant for the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) international research program that aims to revolutionise water delivery and sanitation for more than a billion people living in urban slums globally.

Professor Brown is an outstanding leader in interdisciplinary research and has pioneered research across the social and biophysical sciences in sustainable water management. Co-founder of the water sensitive cities research platform at Monash University, she was instrumental in the establishment of the $120M Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. In 2017, Professor Brown was appointed as a member of the Governing Board of Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

Her research has been published in more than 150 articles and in leading journals Nature, Science, Global Environmental Change and Water Research. A consulting editor to Global Challenges, Professor Brown is a member of editorial boards of international journals including Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions. She has consulted widely across government and industry and presents regularly on interdisciplinary research approaches at international conferences.

Professor Brown will be transitioning into her new role in mid-November 2018.