Bronwyn Wilkes

BSc (Hons) (ANU)
PhD Student

Bronwyn’s research looks at transitions to a biosensitive society – one that is in tune with, sensitive to, and respectful of the life processes on which we depend. Her current focus is on food provisioning systems that have potential to support enhanced biosensitivity, with benefits for human and ecosystem health.

Using case studies that feature short supply chains and solidarity economies, such as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Bronwyn’s current project aims to understand how, and for whom, participation in such systems could influence change in practices, values, and wellbeing. Further, it seeks to elucidate the lived experiences of participants and the processes of transition that are involved, particularly how people reconfigure their expectations of consumption, livelihood and what it means to live well.

Wilkes, B. (2019) A snapshot of Community Supported Agriculture in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand 2018, Canberra.

Dyball, R., Davila, F., & Wilkes, B. (2020). A Human Ecological Approach to Policy in the Context of Food and Nutrition Security. In Metcalf et al (eds.) Handbook of Systems Sciences. Springer Nature.

Davila, F. & Wilkes, B. (2020) COVID-19 and food systems in Pacific island countries. In Robins L, Crimp S, van Wensveen M, Alders RG, Bourke RM, Butler J, Cosijn M, Davila F, Lal A, McCarthy JF, McWilliam A, Palo ASM, Thomson N, Warr P & Webb M (2020). COVID-19 and food systems in the Indo-Pacific: An assessment of vulnerabilities, impacts and opportunities for action. ACIAR Technical Report 96, Canberra: 254 pp. Available at

Davila, F., Crimp, S., & Wilkes, B. (2020) A systemic assessment of COVID-19 impacts on Pacific Islands’ Food Systems, Human Ecology Review, 26(1), 5-13.