Dr Briony Towers is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University.
Briony's research is focussed on children and disasters and she has a special interest in school-based education for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University and an Honours Degree in Psychology (First Class) from the University of Tasmania. Her PhD at the University of Tasmania involved an in-depth socio-cultural study of children's knowledge of wildfire risk in south eastern Australia.
Briony has conducted research with children and school communities in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines and has contributed to the design and evaluation of various programs and initiatives for a range of government and non-government organisations, including the Victorian Country Fire Authority, the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Victorian State Emergency Service, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Plan International and Save the Children. She is the Chief Investigator on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre's project 'Building Best Practice in Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction'. She is also a member of the Federal Attorney General's Disaster Resilience Education Strategy Group.
- Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Latrobe University
- Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), University of Tasmania
- PhD (Psychology), University of Tasmania
- Towers, B.,Christianson, A.,Eriksen, C. (2019). Impacts of Wildfire on Children In: Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires, Springer Nature, Switzerland
- Towers, B.,Whybro, M. (2018). A formative evaluation of the Triple Zero Kids Challenge teacher's Guide In: Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 33, 64 - 70
- Towers, B.,Perillo, S.,Ronan, K. (2018). The disaster resilience project: a school-based feasibility and acceptability study. Final Report to the Victorian Country Fire Authority and the Victorian State Emergency Service. In: Victorian Country Fire Authority and the Victorian State Emergency Service, BHNCRC East Melbourne, Australia
- Towers, B.,Ronan, K. (2018). Evaluation of Survive and Thrive: Final Report to the Victorian Country Fire Authority, Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC In: Victorian Country Fire Authority and the Victorian State Emergency Service, BHNCRC� East Melbourne
- Amri, A.,Bird, D.,Ronan, K.,Haynes, K.,Towers, B. (2017). Disaster risk reduction education in Indonesia: Challenges and recommendations for scaling up In: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 17, 595 - 612
- Ronan, K.,Haynes, K.,Amri, A.,Towers, B.,Alisic, E.,Davie, S.,Ireland, N.,Petal, M. (2016). Child-centred disaster risk reduction: Can disaster resilience programs reduce risk and increase the resilience of children and households? In: Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31, 49 - 58
- Towers, B.,Ronan, K.,Rashid, M. (2016). Child Health and Survival in a Changing Climate: Vulnerability, Mitigation, and Adaptation In: Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, Springer, Singapore
- Towers, B.,Ronan, K.,Haynes, K.,Noonan, R., et al, . (2016). Disaster resilience education: a practice framework for Australian emergency management agencies. In: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC East Melbourne, Australia
- Ronan, K.,Alisic, E.,Towers, B.,Johnson, V.,Johnston, D. (2015). Disaster preparedness for children and families: A critical review In: Current Psychiatry Reports, 17, 1 - 9
- Towers, B. (2015). Children's knowledge of bushfire emergency response In: International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24, 179 - 189
Child-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, Critical pedagogy, Community based disaster risk reduction, Emergency management
1 PhD Current Supervisions
- Review and Development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for CFA's Community Engagement Programs. Funded by: Country Fire Authority Contract from (2018 to 2019)