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 Doublas 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 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 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.
    Dr Michelle Phillipov Dr Michelle Phillipov’s work is driven by an interest in the pleasures and politics of popular cultural forms. Her research looks at the rise of popular food politics and, in particular, of how media’s intensified interest in the politics of food is shaping public debate about the provenance of food and the ethics of food production, as well as impacting on media, food and agricultural industry practices. She is the author or editor of four books, including Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream (Routledge 2018, edited with Katherine Kirkwood), Media and Food Industries: The New Politics of Food (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) and Fats: A Global History (Reaktion Books 2016).
    Dr Emily Buddle Dr Emily Buddle has a background in agricultural and animal science and in internet communications. She completed her PhD on the ARC Linkage “Getting to the meat of the matter: Social and economic issues in animal welfare in Australia’s livestock industry” and is now working as a Senior Research Assistant within the Food Values Research Group. In her spare time Emily helps to manage a 12,000 acre property with her partner in the mid-north region of South Australia. Emily can be found on Twitter @EmilyBuddle.
  • Postgraduate research students

    Linda Haines Linda Haines completed a 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 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 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 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”.
    Yvette Wijnandts 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.
    Justin McCulloch Justin McCulloch has a Bachelors and Honours in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Adelaide. As a PhD student, he is interested in the political and social mobility of vegan praxis. His research is looking at how platforms such as Facebook and Twitter create a central platform for vegans to discuss issues and create a sense of community in a movement where there is no predetermined structure, and how veganism as a political idea spreads between vegans, from what constitutes success in vegan praxis, to how much of a vegan’s identity is performative. Justin can also be found on twitter at @jf_mcculloch.


  • University based collaborators

    Dr Susie Chant 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.
    Professor Anna Chur-Hansen 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 Dr Beverly Muhlhausler is Senior Research Fellow, FoodPlus, in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide.
    Professor Wendy Umberger
    Professor Wendy Umberger is the Director of the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide.
    Associate Professor Sarah Wheeler Associate Professor Sarah Wheeler is an ARC Future Fellow in Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide.
    Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Oneology in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide.


  • External collaborators

    Associate Professor Sujatha Raman
    Associate Professor Sujatha Raman is the Director of Research within the College of Science at the Australian National University.
    Ms Rebecca Paxton
    Ms Rebecca Paxton is a postgraduate student at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna and a causal research assistant within the Food Values Research Group.
    Dr Lara Anderson Dr Lara Anderson is a Faculty Member of the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.
    Dr Heather Bray Dr Heather Bray is a Lecturer in Science Communication in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research explores community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production, in particular genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare. She can be found on Twitter @heatherbray6.
    Dr Heather Benbow 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 Professor John Coveney is Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.
    Dr Flavia Echanove
    Dr Flavia Echanove is a Senior Researcher in the Instituto de Geographia at the Universidad Nactional Autonoma de Mexico.
    Professor Ellen Goddard
    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
    Dr Christine Knight is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Science, Technology & Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
    Professor Joan Leach
    Professor Joan Leach is Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University.
    Dr Kieren Moffat
    Dr Kieren Moffat is a Senior Research Scientist with Australia's CSIRO. He leads the Resources in Society program of social and economic research in the Mineral Resources Flagship.
    Dr Catie Gressier
    Dr Catie Gressier is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Notre Dame (Australia) and the University of Western Australia, with a focus on settler societies in southern Africa and Australia. She has published on issues ranging from hunting in Botswana's Okavango Delta, through to the industrial food system and its implications for health and illness in Australia.