Bryonny joined Aberystwyth’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences in 2018. She held previous appointments at the University of Melbourne, including as research fellow with the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. As a founding member of Melbourne’s Arts Curriculum Design Lab, she worked to bring real world challenges into university classrooms.
Bryonny gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2014, winning the Australian Anthropological Society’s Best Thesis prize. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, she completed her BA, BCom and MA(Hons) at the University of Auckland.
Bryonny researches rural places and people, and the practical ways that policy can help (or hinder) their futures. She is particularly interested in infrastructures, industrial change, and re-enabling those ‘left behind’. As a rare social anthropologist in Welsh research, Bryonny brings distinctive expertise in using ethnographic methods to better understand people’s real needs. Her research can take her from villages, to town halls, to government offices – and even to Brussels.
Currently, Bryonny works with the Horizon 2020 funded IMAJINE project to develop new policy responses to territorial inequalities in Europe. She is investigating the gap between EU Cohesion Policy and the enduring inequalities that led Wales to vote leave. She is also part of another Horizon 2020 project, ROBUST, which aims to foster mutually beneficial links between rural and urban places. Together with an Aberystwyth team and the Welsh Local Government Association, she is developing a ‘Living Lab’ for regional development in Mid Wales.