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Associate Professor Lia Bryant 

Position: Associate Head of School: Research/Associate Professor of Social Work
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Campus: Magill Campus
Office: H1-36
Telephone: +61 8 830 24363
Fax: +61 8 830 24377
Email: Lia_dot_Bryant_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Lia.Bryant

Teaching interests

  • Creative methodologies; social theories; gender studies, rural studies

I teach the following courses

WELF 5101Innovation and Research
HUMS 1004Social Enquiry Methods
WELF 1011Applied Social Research


Doctorate in Philosophy (Sociology) Flinders University of South Australia (conferred 1997) ‘Understanding Pluriactivity: Pluriactive Patterns and Subjective Constructions of Pluriactivity in South Australia’.

Bachelor of Social Work University of South Australia,1988

Research interests

  • Rurality: rural communities; identities; agricultural production and gender; pluriacitivity and enterprise development; diveristy; sexualities; embodiment; intimacy; ethnicities; mining and food processing labour markets.
  • Gender: gener and work; gendered identities; gendered embodiment; heterosexuality
  • Qualitative methodologies: textual and visual; relationships between methodologies and theory
  • Feminist theories especially sexuality, embodiment; work; subjectivities; Intersectionality;
  • Theories of space and place; identity and belonging
  • 2010-2012 Bryant, L, Rofe, M., Robinson, G,Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage, People, Pumps and Pipes
  • 2004-2006 Bryant, L., Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). Testing and Delivering Communication Strategies for Child Farm Safety
  • 2003-2006 Bryant, L. RIRDC. Attraction and Retention of Workers in Rural and Regional areas.
  • 2000-2001 Bryant, L. RIRDC. Staying at Home – Integrating Rural Youth in Rural Communities
  • 2001-2002 Bryant, L. ARC Discovery. ‘Body Politics, Intimacy and Work Among Young Farming Couples’
  • 2000 Bryant, L. ARC Small Discovery. ‘Women in Wine: Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment in a South Australian Wine Corporation
  • 1999 Bryant, L. RIRDC. ‘Review of Rural Youth and Ageing’
  • 1998 Bryant, L. ARC Small - discovery. ‘Young Women in Agriculture
  • 1997 - 1998 Bryant, L. RIRDC. Patterns of Information Technology Use and Their Impact on Farm Management

Research publications


Bryant, L. and Pini, B. (2011) Gender and Rurality, International Series of Women and Place, Routledge, New York.

Gorman-Murray, A., Pini, B and Bryant, L 2013. (eds) Sexuality, Rurality and Geography, Lexington Books, UK.

Bryant, L. and Jaworski, K (eds) Walking on the Grass: Women Writing and Supervising Doctoral Theses, Under contract, Lexington Books.

Bryant, L. (Ed) Critical and Creative Research Methodologies in Social Work, Under contract, Ashgate.

Bryant, L. and George, J. Water and Rural Communities: Politics, Meaning and Place, Under contract, Routledge, UK.


Bryant, L. and Livholts, M. (in press – 2014) Memory Work and Reflexive Gendered Bodies: Examining Rural Landscapes in the Making, in eds. Pini, B, Brandth, B and Little, Jo, Rural Femininites. Lextington Books, Plymouth, UK.

Bryant, L (2014 forthcoming) Introduction: Daring to Walk on the Grass, in eds Bryant, L and Jaworski, K, Walking on the Grass: Women Writing and Supervising Doctoral Theses, Lexington Books, Plymouth, UK.

Bryant, L. (2014 forthcoming), Honour Bestowed, in eds Bryant, L and Jaworski, K, Walking on the Grass: Women Writing and Supervising Doctoral Theses, Lexington Books, Plymouth, UK.

Bryant, L. and Garnham, B. (2014). The Fallen Hero: Masculinity and Farmer Suicide in Australia. Gender, Place and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.855628. Impact Factor .833.

Bryant, L. and Garnham, B. (2014). Women in wine: Gendered inscriptions of the body in a South Australian corporate wine organisation, Gender, Work & Organization DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12045. Impact Factor 1.194.

Bryant, L. & Garnham, B. (2014). Economies, Ethics and Emotions: Farmer distress within a moral economy of agribusiness. Journal of Rural Studies. 34, 304-312. Impact factor 2.589.

George, J. & Bryant, L. (submitted March 2014). Trusting the Trust? Understanding the relationships between uncertainty, trust and regulatory bodies within the Murray- -Darling Basin . Australian Journal of Social Issues

Shea, R. Bryant, L and Wendt, S (under review) Nappy Bags instead of Handbags: Expereinces of Young Motherhood, Jounal of Sociology

Bryant, L. (forthcoming). Producing Wine: Contracts, Corporations and Family Farming. In G. Robinson and D. Carson (Eds). Handbook of Food and Globalisation, Edward Elgar: London.

Bryant, L and Garnham, B. (2013) Beyond discourses of drought: The micro-politics of the wine industry and farmer distress, Journal of Rural Studies, 3.2.1-9.

Lim, S. Bryant, L. and Garnham, B. (2013) The changing nature of filial piety: Meanings and practices of caring for older Australian-Chinese in the community, Australian Social Work, Online at:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0312407X.2012.754917. , pp 1-15.

Bryant, L. (2013) ‘Intimacy, Heterosexuality and Marriage ‘in eds. Gorman-Murray, A., Pini, B and Bryant, L., Sexuality, Rurality and Geography, Lexington Books, UK, 51-66.

Gorman-Murray, A., Pini, B and Bryant, L (2013) 'Introduction: Geographies of Ruralities and Sexualities in Sexuality, Rurality and Geography (eds) Gorman-Murray, A., Pini, B and Bryant, L 2013. (eds) , Lexington Books, UK, 1-20.

Pini, B and Bryant, L., and Gorman-Murray, A (2013) Conclusion: Sexuality, Rurality and Geography in Sexuality, Rurality and Geography, Lexington Books, UK, 219-229.

Bryant, L and Livholts, M. (2013) Location and Unlocation: Examining Gender and Telephony through Autoethnographic Textual and Visual Methods, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 12, pp.403-419.

Bryant, L. and Jaworski, K (2012) Minding the Gaps: Examining skill shortages in Australian rural non-agricultural workplaces, Journal of Management and Organisation, 18, 4, 499-515.

Rowntree, M., Moulding, N. and Bryant, L (2012) Feminine Sexualities in Chic Lit, Australian Feminist Studies, 27, 72, 121-137.

Bryant, L. and Lim, S. (2012) Australian-Chinese Families Caring for Elderly Relatives, Ageing and Society, Ageing and Society / FirstView Article / August 2012, pp 1 ­ 21 DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X12000657, Published online: 30 July 2012 Link to this article: http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0144686X12000657

Bryant, L. (forthcoming) Inequality Regimes in Food Processing Industries, in eds. Carson, D, and Robinson, G. Handbook of Global Food, Edward Elgar.

Bryant, L and Jaworski, K 2011. Gender, embodiment and place: The gendering of skills shortages in the Australian mining and food and beverage processing industries, Human Relations. 64. 10, pp. 1345 - 1368

Rowntree, MR, Bryant, L & Moulding, N 2011, ‘Women’s Emotional Experiences of Chick Lit and Chick Flicks: An Ambivalent Audience’, Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 24 online. http://www.chloe.uwa.edu.au/outskirts/archive/volume24/rowntree

Ware, I, Bryant, L and Zannettino, L (2011) Young Men, Public Space and the Production of Fear in Downtown Adelaide’, Urban Research and Practice, Issue 2.

Ramzan, B., Pini, B., Bryant, L. (2009) Experiencing and writing Indigeneity, Rurality and Gender: Australian Reflections, Special edition, Edited by Ruth Panelli, Phil Hubbard, Brad Coombes and Sandie Suchet-Pearson, De-centring White Ruralities: Ethnicity and Indigeneity , Journal of Rural Studies, 24, 4 pp. 435-443.

Bryant, L. and Pini, B. (2009) Gender, class and rurality: Australian case studies Journal of Rural Studies, 25, 1, pp. 48-56.

Bryant, L. and Livholts, M. 2007. Memory Work as a Reflexive Methodology in Exploring the Gendering of Space, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6, 3, September.

Bryant L, Hoon E.A. 2007. Rural children’s perceptions of child farm safety printed communication strategies. Rural and Remote Health 7 (online).

Bryant, L and Pini, B 2006. Towards an Understanding of Gender and Capital in Constituting Biotechnologies in Agriculture, Sociologia Ruralis, 46, 2.

Bryant, L and Tedmanson, D 2006. Drilling Down: Diversity in the Mining Industry: Exploring the Barriers to Gender and Indigenous Diversity in the Australian Mining Industry, International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 5, 3.

Bryant, L 2006. Marking the Occupational Body: Young Women and Men Seeking Careers in Agriculture, Rural Society. 16, 1, 62-79.

Bryant, L and Hoon, E 2006. How can the Intersection Between Gender, Class and Sexuality be Translated to an Empirical Agenda? International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5 (1).

Jouve, D, Bryant, L, Gill, J and Tedmanson, D 2006. If I don’t speak to my child in my own language then who will? Kanak women writing culture for children, Kunapipi, Journal of Post Colonial Writing, Special Issue, Women of the South Pacific, XXVII:2.

Bryant, L. 2003. Gendered Bodies, Gendered Knowledges: Information Technology in Everyday Farming. Social Science Computer Review. 21, (4):464-474.

Bryant, L 1999, ‘The Detraditionalisation of Occupational Identities in Farming South Australia’, Sociologia Ruralis, Vol. 39, No. 2.

Bryant. L and Principe, I. 2008. Social Capital and the Gendering of Differential IT Use in Handbook of Research on Public Information Technology, eds., Garson, G.D. and Khosrow-Pur, M., IGI Global, New York. Chapter XXII.

Bryant L 2001, ‘The Text-Book farmers’: Young Women in Agriculture and the Question of Changing Gender Relations’, in S Lockie & B Pritchard (eds), Consuming Foods, Sustaining Environments, Australian Academic Press.

Bryant, L 2001, ‘A Job of One’s Own: Women Constructing Occupations in Agriculture’, in S. Lockie and L. Bourke (eds), Rural Bites, Pluto Press.

Bryant, L 1992, ‘Social Aspects of the Farm Financial Crisis’ in Lawrence, G, Vanclay, F and Furze, B (eds), Agriculture, Environment and Society: The Australian Experience, MacMillan, South Melbourne, pp 157-172.

Bryant, L 1991, ‘Farm Family Displacement’ in Alston, M (ed) Key Paper Series No. 2, Farm Families, Centre for Rural Welfare Research, Charles Sturt University-Riverina, New South Wales, pp 77-92.

Published Refereed Research Reports: Bryant, L, Hoon, E, and Kenny, E. 2008, Child Farm Safety, report to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

Bryant, L. and King, P 2006, Sustaining Rural Communities: Skills Shortage in the Mining and Food and Beverage Industries, report to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Bryant, L 2004, Staying at Home, report to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Bryant, L 1999, Patterns of Information Technology Use Among Farm Households, report to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, January.

Bryant, L 1989, The Resettlement Process of Displaced Farm Families: A Study of 12 Farm Families from the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, report to the S.A. Department of Agriculture, November.

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Sociology, Social Work, Gender Studies

  • Rural Community; Rural Diversity; Gender and work; Social Identities; Production of social space;

Research Degree Supervisor

Principal; Co-supervisor

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