Dr Jane Holden

Project Manager

Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Dr Jane Holden completed her PhD (1995) in the Physics Department at Monash University, in collaboration with Dental School at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Pathology, and was awarded a Masters’ in Business Administration from Monash University in 2004.

Jane has over 20 years’ experience working in strategic and project management roles for providers of scientific and engineering services in mining, power generation and aviation industries.  This has involved working with a broad range of stakeholders, building and developing teams  and  defining the systems and frameworks to support project implementation.  Whilst living in SE Asia Jane worked in a number of roles with not-for-profit organisations and founded her own social enterprise sourcing goods crafted from waste materials and distributing in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

Jane returned to Monash University in 2014 as a project manager in the Accident Research Centre, managing a  $8m  TAC funded research program addressing the causes of serious road injury.  In 2016, Jane joined the Monash Sustainable Development Institute to manage the AIC funded Urban Water cluster and coordinate the multi-disciplinary research collaboration between Universitas Indonesia, Institut Pertanian Bogor and Monash.

This research was focused on designing neighbourhood and city scale solutions for Bogor City and Regency to advance water system management and infrastructure and towards achieving sustainable development goals around health and well-being (SDG 3), water and sanitation (SDG 6), and resilient cities and communities (SDG 11). A major highlight for Jane was the establishment of an Urban Water Learning Alliance in Bogor, West Java that connected government, industry, community and academia to share experiences and expertise, and co-design socio- and biophysical pathways for leapfrogging Bogor towards a water sensitive city.

Leveraging the insights gained from the AIC Urban Water Cluster, Jane is currently working with key partners on scaling up nature based infrastructure and governance innovations to increase the impact of water sensitive city pathways for Indonesian cities and provinces. Working in competitive and complex operating environments, Jane’s expertise is in leading multidisciplinary and cultural diverse teams in both local and overseas contexts to achieve organisational goals and performance targets. Her professional area of expertise is Strategic and Change Management, Business and Project Development & Management, Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Research Management.