Vice President & Vice Principal (Service)
Professor Bronwyn Parry
Bronwyn Parry is (Interim) Vice President & Vice Principal (Service) at King’s. Service has been identified as one of five strategic priorities in King’s Strategic Vision 2029, alongside Education, Research, London and International. Service encapsulates King’s commitment to society beyond education and research, enabling us to realise our vision to make the world a better place.
Arriving in the UK from Australia on a Commonwealth Scholarship, she first undertook a PhD in Economic and Cultural Geography, then Junior and Senior Research Fellowships at the University of Cambridge. Following seven years at QMUL, she moved to KCL in 2012 to establish the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine with Professor Nikolas Rose. From 2016 - 2020 she was the inaugural Head of the School of Global Affairs, Director of King’s Sanctuary programme, and academic lead for its flagship Padileia project www.padileia.org that provides educational access for displaced Syrian refugees.
Bronwyn’s research interests lie in the social implications of developments in health and biomedicine. She has published widely on the commodification of human tissue and DNA, assisted reproduction, dementia, bioinformation and biosurveillance, and the public understanding of science. She was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 2007-2013 www.nuffieldbioethics.org, is an editor of Economy and Society, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) www.thersa.org
In an earlier life Bronwyn completed her apprenticeship as Australia’s first female scenery builder, working as a carpenter on the films Mad Max Beyond ThunderDome; Mad Max 2 Road Warrior; The Year My Voice Broke; Dead Calm; and as construction foreman for the Australian Opera. She was a founding member of Australia’s Gay and Lesbian Immigration Taskforce, and an advocate for the Aids Council of New South Wales.