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We are a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers from a range of backgrounds, working on a range of issues in food production and consumption.

Faculty of Arts

Professor Rachel Ankeny

Professor Rachel A. Ankeny leads the Food Values Research Group and is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies.

Dr Douglas Bardsley

Dr Douglas Bardsley has been researching links between sustainable natural resource management and food innovation for the last 20 years in Australia and internationally. He convenes an undergraduate course entitled Food Security that focuses on imagining innovative food futures.

Dr Kathryn Bowd

Dr Kathryn Bowd has a research focus on journalism and media, particularly relationships between news media and communities in rural and regional areas including food and agriculture aspects.

Dr Heather Bray

Dr Heather Bray has a background in agricultural and animal science and science communication. She is a Senior Research Associate currently working mainly on the farm animal welfare and history of genetic modification projects. She can be found on Twitter @heatherbray6.

Dr Georgina Drew

Dr Georgina Drew’s work examines the cultural politics of water conflicts and the political ecology of resource management more broadly. While water rights struggles have been the primary focus of her research to date, she arrived at this emphasis after years spent working with agriculturalists and food activists in South Asia and the Americas. Through the Food Values Research Group, she aims to collaborate on studies of the food-water nexus.

Dr Gerry Groot

Dr Gerry Groot researches Chinese politics but has side interests in cookbooks, the transmission of foods from East to West, and the proliferation of conspiracy theories within China postulating harm from GMOs and other products.

Dr Ying Jiang

Dr Ying Jiang is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media within the School of Humanities. Ying conducts research in the fields of cross-cultural communication, the use of social media, and Chinese perceptions of Western culture. Ying also provides consultancy services to Chinese investors who are looking at investment opportunities in Australia. Ying is currently working on a commissioned research project titled "Understanding urban and rural public attitudes to Chinese investment in Australian agriculture".

Dr Jessica Loyer

Dr Jessica Loyer has a background in history with a focus on foodways and migration and an interest in the intersection of food, health, and values. She has recently completed her PhD in Food Studies, working on a project researching the significance of superfoods as both a health food trend and as global agricultural products. She is currently a Research Assistant within the Food Values Research Group. She can be found on Twitter @jessloyer.

Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray

Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray's work explores the relationship between perceptions about the environment and how they influence how we use, consume and make policy about food in urban and other environments. For example, recent work has examined the perceptions people hold around community gardens and urban agriculture, and another project examined the perception of the economic impact of seal predation on commercial fisheries an aquaculture. She also convenes the Adaptation, Climate and Environment (ACE) Research Group.

Professor Emeritus Barbara Santich

Professor Emeritus Barbara Santich is a culinary historian whose research focuses on Australian food history and culture as well as on French food history and culture (especially southern France, the focus of her current research).

Dr William Skinner

Dr William Skinner is a recent PhD graduate in Anthropology. His thesis, Fermenting place: wine production and terroir in McLaren Vale, South Australia, explores the ways local growers and producers in a near-urban Australian wine region experience, understand and represent ideas of place, landscape and viticultural terroir. He has also conducted research into vineyard and wine production heritage in the island of Hvar, Croatia.

Dr Jungho Suh

Dr Jungho Suh's current research interest areas range from permaculture philosophy to ecovillage movements to back-to-the-land migration. He obtained a Permaculture Design Certificate at the Food Forest, a permaculture farm located at northern Adelaide, South Australia, in 2012. Jungho has recently visited various ecovillages including Crystal Waters in Queensland, Auroville in Tamil Nadu, Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, and Ecovillage at Ithaca in New York.

Associate Professor Megan Warin

Associate Professor Megan Warin is a social anthropologist whose research interests coalesce around the gendering of health and illness (including anorexia and obesity), the anthropology of epigenetics, and public understanding of scientific paradigms of obesity. Her research examines gender and class differences in obesity, public understandings of obesity science (fetal origins of obesity and epigenetics), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views on health, eating and intergenerational transmission, and the nature of desire in disordered eating.

Postgraduate Research Students

Emily Buddle has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Honours in Animal Science ("Social Media, Animal Welfare Activism and the Australian Livestock Industries") from the University of Adelaide. Her PhD project is looking at consumer perceptions of sheep and beef cattle welfare in Australia. She has a strong interest in how sources of information shape perceptions of agricultural production, in particular the role of social media in exposure of animal welfare information to Australian consumers and how social media is used by the agricultural sector as a communication tool. Emily can be found on Twitter @EmilyBuddle.

Dr Susie Chant has recently completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide, where she investigated the history of local food in Australia. Susie also lectures in the areas of ethics and entrepreneurship. As well as owning many successful and award winning hospitality businesses in South Australia, Susie has also lived and worked as a successful chef in a number of locations around the world. She has a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a Masters in Gastronomy, both from the University of Adelaide.

Linda Haines completed at Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Flinders University and a Graduate Diploma in teaching from the University of Adelaide. She has also completed a variety of subjects in the Commercial Cookery course at Regency TAFE. Her background includes teaching secondary school Geography and more recently Home Economics and Food and Hospitality to senior level. Her interests revolve around food, gardening and cooking.

Selina Kuo has dabbled in mass communications (film and journalism), cultural studies, gender studies, gastronomy and commercial cookery. Before becoming a full-time PhD student researching the history of imitation foods, she worked as a book editor of general reference titles and cookbooks for six years, and as a line cook in a variety of commercial kitchens for another six years

Kelly McKinley has a background in agricultural and secondary food production and sustainability education; her interests include food systems, food ethics and culture, rural sociology, social movements, and history and philosophy of science. She is a PhD candidate researching the history of public responses to genetic modification in food and agriculture in Australia.

Paola Tine has a background as a social and cultural anthropologist with a focus on visual research methods. Her recent work include a fieldwork among the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese community of Adelaide, on the topic of food habits in relation to cultural identity and memory. She is currently conducting her PhD research on the topic of food practices and healthy eating in modern Nepal (Bhaktapur). The title of her PhD project is “Domestic Relations: Food Practices and Healthy Eating in Modern Nepal”.

Chen Li Weng was working as a pastry cook in Singapore after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. She decided to move into the academic area in the food industry and subsequently attained her Masters in Food Studies from the University of Adelaide. Currently enrolled as an MPhil student, she is looking at the history of food campaigns in Singapore from the 1940s to the present, and their effectiveness in bolstering the nation's food security.

Yvette Wijnandts holds a Masters degree in gender and ethnicity studies from the University of Utrecht. For her PhD research at the University of Adelaide, she uses postcolonial theory and critical feminist theory on ethics to gain a deeper understanding of the discourses surrounding animals in the food industry. She aims to show how different structures of power intersect, specifically that of culture and religion, with the issue of animal rights in a globalizing world.

University Based Collaborators

Professor Anna Chur-Hansen, in the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, is interested in the human-animal bond. As well as the psychological impacts of this bond on human mental and physical health, she is also interested in how people deal with any cognitive dissonance between "loving" animals and eating them. Furthermore, as a Health Psychologist, she studies disordered eating (including in obesity).

Dr Beverly Muhlhausler is Senior Research Fellow, FoodPlus, in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Wendy Umberger is the Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide.

Associate Professor Sarah Wheeler is an ARC Future Fellow in Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide.

Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Oneology in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide.

External Collaborators

Dr Lara Anderson is a Faculty Member of the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Heather Benbow is a Senior Lecturer, German Studies, and Co-convener, European Studies, in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.

Professor John Coveney is Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.

Dr Flavia Echanove is a Senior Researcher in the Instituto de Geographia at the Universidad Nactional Autonoma de Mexico.

Professor Ellen Goddard is Co-operative Chair in Agricultural Marketing and Business in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta.

Dr Christine Knight is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Science, Technology & Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Joan Leach is Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University.

Dr Michelle Phillipov is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Journalism, Media and Communication, in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania.



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