Briony Rogers



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Dr Briony Rogers is motivated by a mission to drive societal transformations so we can thrive in the face of sustainability challenges such as climate change, population growth and urban intensification.
Her research focus is on interdisciplinary solutions that have real-world impact for water, climate and cities. She is particularly interested in the dynamics and governance of sustainability transformations, with emphasis on collaborative processes and diagnostic tools that support change in policy and practice. She has worked with cities across Australia and internationally in action research settings to develop strategic guidance for cities pursuing visions of a water sensitive future.
As the Director of MSDI Water with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Briony leads cross-faculty research and enterprise initiatives, bringing together Monash’s water expertise to support progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 
In her role as Chief Research Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), Briony leads a team of researchers from Monash University, University of Queensland and University of Western Australia to deliver the CRCWSC’s interdisciplinary water sensitive cities research program. This includes projects on economics, planning, governance, transitions, urban modelling, urban design, urban heat, urban metabolism and groundwater management.
Briony has an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Environmental Sociology, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science. Prior to entering academia, she worked as an engineering consultant on water infrastructure projects in Australia and Vietnam. She is a member of Monash’s Climate Change Communication Research Hub in the Faculty of Arts, and co-Chair of the International Working Group on Water Sensitive Urban Design. In 2014, Briony was selected by the International Social Science Council as one of twenty World Social Science Fellows in the area of sustainable urbanisation.


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Research area keywords

  • urban water
  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • liveability
  • transitions
  • governance
  • strategic planning
  • transformation
  • water sensitive cities

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Research Output

Adaptive governance: a catalyst for advancing sustainable urban transformation in the global South

Yasmin, T., Farrelly, M. & Rogers, B. C., 24 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Water Resources Development. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An interdisciplinary and catchment approach to enhancing urban flood resilience: A Melbourne case

Rogers, B., Bertram, N., Gersonius, B., Gunn, A., Lowe, R., Murphy, C., Pasman, R., Radhakrishnan, M., Urich, C., Wong, T. & Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Benchmarking Bogor's water sensitive performance

Rogers, B., Brodnik, C., Gunn, A., Marthanty, D. R., Arifin, H. S., Ramirez, D., Farrelly, M., Kaswanto, R. L., Pandjaitan, N., Suharnoto, Y., Suwarso, R. & Syaukat, Y., 2019, Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC). 53 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther


Future trajectories of urban drainage systems: A simple exploratory modeling approach for assessing socio-technical transitions

Zischg, J., Rogers, B. C., Gunn, A. W., Rauch, W. & Robert, S., 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 651, p. 1709-1719 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

9 Citations (Scopus)

Governance for a water sensitive transition in Bogor Raya, Indonesia

Farrelly, M., Gunn, A., Brodnik, C., Holden, J., Rogers, B., Setyono, YA., Suwarso, R., Syaukat, Y. & Velentina, RA., 2019, Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC). 70 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther