Briony is a Research Fellow with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and Monash Water for Liveability. Her research explores how strategic planning and institutional change can enable transitions in urban water systems to create more liveable, sustainable and resilient cities. Briony has an interdisciplinary background, with a PhD in Environmental Sociology, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science.
Briony’s research takes a sociological approach to questions of strategic planning and institutional change for enabling transitions in urban water systems. She utilises a variety of research approaches, including theory development, case study investigations and action research (facilitation of participatory visioning, scenario and strategic planning processes). Through this research, Briony aims to have impact on science, policy and practice by developing conceptual insights and operational tools that provide guidance on how transformative change towards a more liveable, sustainable and resilient future can be deliberately facilitated through strategic action.
Prior to joining Monash University, Briony worked as a civil engineer in a large infrastructure services consultancy. She was involved in a range of water infrastructure projects in Australia and Vietnam, with responsibilities for functional and detailed civil engineering design, management of multi-disciplinary design teams, feasibility studies and construction supervision.