Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Dr Briony Towers lives and works on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. She is a Research Fellow in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction at the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. Her PhD in Socio-Cultural Psychology at the University of Tasmania involved an in-depth investigation of children's knowledge of vulnerability and resilience to wildfire risk in south eastern Australia. She is currently the lead investigator on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project 'Building Best Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction'. She has a particular interest in the root causes of disaster risk and how these can be addressed through place-based critical pedagogies and children's genuine participation in policy, research and practice.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Dr, RMIT University

Education

  • 2012 
    University of Tasmania, PhD (Psychology)
  • 2006 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)
  • 1998 
    Latrobe University, Bachelor of Behavioural Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Building Best Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction
    Role:
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Bushfire and Natural Hazrads CRC
  • 2015
    Building Best Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction
    Role:
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC