Peter Bryant

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B.Bus, M.Ed, PhD (UTS)
Associate Professor; Associate Dean (Education)

Rm 5174
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 8627 7245
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Peter is an experienced academic with over twenty-five years teaching and research experience in both the UK and Australia, in the areas of adult education, work-based learning, marketing and creative industries management.

He has worked as an academic and educational leader in several leading UK institutions, including most recently the London School of Economics and Political Science. Hehas a Bachelor of Business in Marketing, a Masters of Adult Education and PhD in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Peter is a Trustee of the Association for Learning Technology, which supports the professional and policy development of staff using educational technology. He is an experienced researcher, speaker and advocate specialising in pedagogical change, social media in education, the practices of making and community development and engagement in education and the creative industries. He co-leads the international Future Happens initiative, which uses innovative approaches to problem-solving and change management to engage the wider higher education sector in debates and research-informed conversations around technology, pedagogy and the future of the modern University.

Research Interests

Peter's pedagogic research interests include digital identity and social media, the emergence of digital pedagogies, the relationship between learning spaces, design and pedagogy, and institutional resistance to technology within the higher education and more specifically the social science education space. Peter is also leading research on engaging with and delivering strategic pedagogical change in Business Schools.

Peter is currently working on three research projects:

  • A study on how educational practitioners view and interpret their practices and experiences with pedagogical change through technology (see
  • Exploring the use of making as a influencer of pedagogical practice in the redevelopment of teaching and learning spaces
  • Critically exploring the redesign of pedagogical experiences in the digital age.

Outside education, Peter has published research in community and third sector governance and the uses of community and public media for the promotion of arts and network formation processes amongst arts practitioners. Most recently, his work has focused on the motivations for participation in DIY and making in the creative industries exploring notions of post-digital aesthetics, community development and the transformative and disruptive influences of technology on identity, making and participation. Peter is an experienced qualitative researcher, with an expertise in grounded theory and other constructivist methodologies.

Selected publications


Book Chapter

Bryant P (2018) Making education better: Implementing pedagogical change through technology Higher Education in the Digital Age: Moving Academia Online; Edward Elgar Publishing, 35-54. [More Information]


Conference Proceedings

Bryant P (2017) It doesn't matter what is in their hands: understanding how students use technology to support, enhance, and expand their learning in a complex world 5th International Conference on Educational Technologies (ICEduTech 2017); IADIS International association for development of the information society, Sydney, Australia.

Bryant P (2017) Generating learning through the crowd: the role of social media practices in supporting students as producers at scale 34th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2017); University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD.


Conference Proceeding

Bryant P (2016) Re-imagining Learning and Teaching for a Post-Digital World 41st International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT2016); Durham University, Durham, UK.


Conference Proceeding

Bryant P (2015) Disrupting how we 'do' on-line learning through social media: A case study of the crowdsourcing the UK constitution project 14th European Conference on e-Learning, (ECEL 2015); Academic Conferences Limited, Hertfordshire.


Journal Articles

Bryant P (2014) If a Tree Falls in the Forest: The Role of Community Formation and the Power of the Individual in Zine Making Participation Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, 4 (3), 78-100.

Bryant P, and Pozdeev N (2014) Build It and They Will Come: A case study of the impacts of governance on programming volunteer recruitment within community media organisations Third Sector Review, 20 (1), 141-162.

Bryant P, Coombs A, and Pazio M (2014) Are We Having Fun Yet? Institutional Resistance and the Introduction of Play and Experimentation into Learning Innovation through Social Media Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2 (4), 1-8. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Bryant P, Coombs A, Pazio M, and Walker S (2014) Disruption, destruction, construction or transformation? The challenges of implementing a university wide strategic approach to connecting in an open world 2014 OCW Consortium Global Conference: Open Education for a Multicultural World; OpenCourseWare Consortium, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Seminar Paper

Bryant P, Coombs A, and Pazio M (2014) Are we having fun yet? Introducing play and experimentation into learning innovation through social media OER14: Building Communities of Open practice; The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, UK.


Journal Article

Bryant P, Akinleye A, and Durrant A (2013) Educating the early career arts professional using a hybrid model of work based learning Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 3 (1), 17-30. [More Information]


Working Paper

Bryant P (2012) The modern university in the digital age.


Conference Proceeding

Bryant P, and Pozdeev N (2011) 'Don't have time to drain the swamp; too busy dealing with alligators': defining the governance skills sets that enhance volunteer retention and recruitment in small arts and cultural organisations 11th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC 2011); International Association of Arts & Cultural Management (AIMAC), Antwerp, Belgium.


Conference Proceeding

Bryant P (2009) Seeing the forest from the trees: Governance myopia and the effect of for-profit practices on the governance of volunteer run arts and cultural organizations: A participatory case study 10th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC 2009); International Association of Arts and Cultural Management, Dallas, United States.


Conference Proceeding

Bryant P (2007) Bringing the Community Back Home: The Role of Community Radio in Forming and Maintaining Arts Networks 2007 International Nonprofit and Social Marketing Conference; Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.