Prof Rebekah Brown

Prof Rebekah Brown


Professor Rebekah Brown is a leader in interdisciplinary sustainable development research. As a social scientist with a background in civil engineering, Rebekah pioneered the sociotechnical model that became the precursor to the water-sensitive cities approach innovated at Monash University.

As Director of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, she is harnessing the power of interdisciplinary research to understand the social and institutional transformations required to transition to liveable, resilient and sustainable cities, in both developed and developing countries.

Rebekah also leads an international research consortium awarded AUD$14 million in 2017 by the UK’s prestigious Wellcome Trust – Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE). RISE is a five year project run in partnership with the Asian Development Bank that aims provide research-based evidence that a local, water sensitive approach to revitalising informal settlements can deliver sustainable, cost-effective improvements to people’s health and the environment.

If successful, this approach could be rolled out across the region and the world, revolutionising the provision of water services to some of the world’s most needy people.

A uniquely interdisciplinary program, RISE brings together researchers from five Monash faculties and 15 other partner universities and organisations, under Rebekah’s leadership.

In 2009, Rebekah co-founded Monash Water Sensitive Cities and, several years later, helped establish the $120 million Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

She has published over 100 papers in leading international journals, including Nature, Science, Global Environmental Change and Water Research.

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