Professor Rebekah Brown

Professor Rebekah Brown

Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Monash University

Rebekah Brown is a Professor of Social Science with a background as a practising and award-winning civil engineer, and Director of Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University.

Combining insights from sociology and the practice of water engineering Rebekah has harnessed 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 pioneered the sociotechnical model that became the precursor to the water-sensitive approach and has published in premier journals, including Nature, Science, Global Environmental Change and Water Research. She co-established Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, is regularly invited as keynote speaker at international conferences, and is on a number of specialist editorial boards.