Dr Julie McIntyre

Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science

Network Director

Dr Tamara Bucher

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Network Deputy Director

Miss Irma Dupuis

Casual Research Assistant/Casual Research Assistant/Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|Newcastle Business School|Newcastle Business School

Network Web Coordinator

Miss Kristine Deroover

Research Assistant
School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Sidsel Grimstad

Senior Lecturer
Newcastle Business School

Ms Melanie Pirinen

Casual Academic/Casual Academic
School of Environmental and Life Sciences|School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Associate Members

Dr David Dunstan

Senior Research Associate
Faculty of Arts
School of Media. Film and Journalism Monash University

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Dr William Skinner

Dr William Skinner

Adjunct Fellow
Discipline of Anthropology & Development Studies
School of Social Sciences The University of Adelaide

Dr. William Skinner is a recent PhD in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide and currently works there as a casual academic instructor. His thesis, entitled Fermenting place: wine production and terroir in McLaren Vale, South Australia, explores the ways local producers experience, understand and represent place and landscape in the context of a near-urban wine region. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, the thesis argues that the particular ‘terroir perspective’ taken by producers in the Vale is informed both by direct phenomenological engagement with the land and by engagement with a broader, globalised wine discourse. His research interests relate to the changing relationship of viticulture to notions of cultural identity and heritage. Current projects include work around the Mt Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid in South Australia, and research on authocthonous grape varieties in Hvar, Croatia.

International members

Professor James Simpson

Professor James Simpson

Professor of Economic History
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
About Professor James Simpson

Professor James Simpson is an international expert on the history of world wine business from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He brings his expertise as an economic historian to the Vines, Wine and Identity project as a Partner Investigator.

From early in his research career, Prof Simpson's interest has been in agricultural history. This was the focus of his PhD, Agricultural growth and technical change: the olive and wine in Spain, 1860-1936, and book, Spanish agriculture: the long Siesta, 1765-1965 (Cambridge University Press, and Alianza Universidad).

More recently his interests have shifted to institutional change. "Wine was, and remains, an integral part of southern Europe's farm economy," said Prof Simpson. "There are however comparatively few academic studies that offer a comparative perspective to problems of production, marketing and consumption – a task I tried to tackle in Creating Wine: the Emergence of a World Industry, 1840-1914." (Princeton University Press, 2011).

Currently, Prof Simpson is researching the Spanish wine industry from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day.

Associate Professor Rumina Dhalla

Associate Professor, Organizational Studies and Sustainable Commerce
About Associate Professor Rumina Dhalla

Dr. Rumina Dhalla is an Associate Professor, Organisational Studies and Sustainable Commerce area in the Department of Management, College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. She is also the Project Lead for the Guelph East Africa Initiative.

Her main research interests are in organisational identity and reputation and their influence and implications for organizational strategies, sustainability and CSR.  She teaches sustainable value creation and corporate responsibility in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

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