Dr Briony Towers
For over a decade, Dr Briony Towers has been working with emergency management agencies, educators, children, youth and families to develop effective and sustainable models of bushfire education for Australian schools. Briony’s PhD in sociocultural psychology at the University of Tasmania involved an in-depth investigation of children's knowledge of vulnerability and resilience to bushfire in south-eastern Australia. From 2011 to 2021, she was a Research Fellow at RMIT University. Since 2015, she has served as a Chief Investigator on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre's project on Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction. In 2021, Briony founded LEADRRR, an action research organisation which promotes child and youth-led action on DRR and resilience through quality education. Briony lives and works on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung, Woi Wurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation.