Professor Rod Glover | Director of Monash University’s Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI)


Monash Sustainable Development Institute is a global hub for interdisciplinary research and education in sustainable development. They harness the research and education strength of Monash University in partnership with the best thinkers and doers from across academia, industry, government and civil society to help achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They work with over 200 local, regional and global partners to transform society’s response to the environment, economic and social challenges facing the world today.

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Professor Rod Glover is Director of Monash University’s Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), where he specialises in innovation at the level of systems and societies. He supports public entrepreneurs both globally and locally.

Rod works at the intersection of research, policy and politics, with a particular focus on creating mission-oriented and entrepreneurial institutions. With Professor Beth Simone Noveck from The Governance Lab at New York University, Rod recently released a major report on innovation in the public sector, entitled Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit.

Rod has directly led the design of major policy frameworks in Australia including the COAG National Reform Agenda and a National Innovation Statement. He was formerly Deputy Secretary (Innovation and Projects) in Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, Senior Adviser to an Australian Prime Minister and worked in the Australian Treasury.

Rod has been a member of the National Sustainable Development Council and National Sustainability Council, and a Director of Save the Children Australia, the Centre for Evidence and Implementation, the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science, and Per Capita. He was Chair of Hands on Learning Australia and the COAG Preventative Health Working Group, and on the Executive Committee of First 1000 Days (Indigenous early childhood).


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