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Judith Neilson UTZON Lecture: Briony Rogers

21 November 2023
6.30pm – 8.30pm AEDT
Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington
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In 2023 the address will be delivered by Professor Briony Rogers and will focus on strengthening Australia's climate resilience through the lens of the Built Environment.

Please note that doors open at 6.00pm and the event starts promptly at 6.30pm

6.00pm - 6.30pm Doors open for guest entry

6.30pm - 7.30pm Judith Neilson UTZON Lecture and audience Q&A

7.30pm - 8.30pm Networking Reception in Sir John Clancy Auditorium foyer


This panel event will take place in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium at UNSW's Kensington Campus. Please note this is a live event only and will not be available via livestream.


Parking is available on the Kensington Campus with all information available here. Alternatively if you choose to use Public Transport you can find more information here. Drop offs only can take place at Gate 9, High Street.

For further information please call the NSW Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit


Wheelchair Access - The Sir John Clancy Auditorium is on UNSW's Kensington Campus. Direct wheelchair access is from Gate 9 off High Street . More information on getting there can be found via our interactive accessibility map available here.

Assisted Hearing - Sir John Clancy Auditorium has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to use this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal.

Auslan & Captioning - Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request.

Contact - To book and discuss access services, please email Emma Snowden at or call 0417 517 049.

Photograph of Briony Rogers

Professor Briony Rogers

Professor Briony Rogers is a leader and expert at catalysing transformations to address the challenges of climate change. She is skilled at bringing together people with diverse expertise and lived experience to develop hopeful visions and take action that has real-world impact for communities, cities and regions. This includes strategic guidance for creating pathways toward sustainable and resilient futures.

As the CEO of Fire to Flourish at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, she leads a pioneering initiative to rethink our approach in the aftermath of disaster. Working closely in partnership with communities affected by the 2019/20 Summer bushfires, Fire to Flourish is trialling and scaling innovations in community-led recovery, supporting communities to co-create foundations for long-term resilience and wellbeing.

As the Director of MSDI Water, Briony leads interdisciplinary research and enterprise initiatives, bringing together Monash’s water expertise to support progress towards sustainable development goals. MSDI Water is a team of boundary spanners with expertise in water, governance, sustainability and system change with experience in developing and implementing collaborative processes and diagnostic tools to support change in policy and practice.

Prior to these roles Briony was the Chief Research Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). In these roles she led researchers from multiple universities to deliver the CRCWSC’s interdisciplinary research program spanning economics, planning, governance, transitions, urban modelling, urban design, urban heat, urban metabolism and groundwater management.

Briony has published more than 40 papers on system change, sustainable water and community resilience. With an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Environmental Sociology, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science, she previously worked as an engineering consultant on water infrastructure projects in Australia and Vietnam.