Emily Buddle

Emily Buddle

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr. Emily Buddle is a Research Fellow within the School of Humanities where she leads the Food Values Research Group, and contributes to projects within the ARC Training Centre for Future Crops Development. Driven by her natural curiosity, she uses creative and qualitative methods to delve deep into social issues in agriculture and food to better understand the socio-cultural context of science and innovation, agricultural production, and food consumption. Emily enjoys working with Australian and international colleagues from universities such as Australian National University and The University of Nottingham, and industry partners from across the agricultural sector.

Before returning to academia in 2022, Dr. Emily Buddle ventured into the public and private sectors, wielding her expertise as a project/policy officer and agricultural extension specialist. Her roles in these domains have not only allowed her to foster her passion for communication and facilitation but have also allowed her to grow her project management skills and establish extensive networks across Australian agricultural industry.

In the midst of her professional interests, Dr. Emily Buddle's spirit thrives in her rural life, adding “farmer” to the many number of hats she wears, overseeing a sheep, beef cattle, and grain business with her husband and “mini farmer”. While recognising that she cannot "do it all", Emily attempts to balance her academic pursuits and the joys and challenges of farming and motherhood, and hopes to be an example of what it means to be dedicated, innovative and grounded in practicality.

Dr. Emily Buddle's unique journey serves as a testament to the infinite possibilities that lie at the intersection of academia and real-world impact. With her appetite for knowledge, dedication to communication and research translation, and deep-rooted connection to the land, she continues to inspire and shape the future of research at the intersection between agriculture and community, all while nurturing her own thriving farm and family.

Using creative and qualitative methods, Emily delves deep into social issues in agriculture and food to better understand the socio-cultural context of science and innovation, agricultural production, and food consumption.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2023 - ongoing Visiting Fellow Australian National University
    2022 - 2022 Senior Project Officer Livestock SA
    2020 - ongoing Visiting Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2021 Biosecurity Extension Manager Animal Health Australia
    2019 - 2020 Affiliate Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2020 Program/Policy Officer Rural Solutions SA
    2019 - 2019 Visiting Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2019 Curtin University Australia Graduate Certificate in Internet Communication
    2019 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2014 The University of Adelaide Australia Honours
    2012 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
  • Research Interests

Research Project Funding, "Caring for our animals/sheep: Reducing, refining and replacing painful husbandry procedures", WoolProducers Australia and Sheep Producers Australia, A$97,862 (2024).

ABLE ECR Leadership Grant, "Meating publication goals: Finalising publications from PhD data on attitudes toward the production and consumption of meat", Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics, A$5000 (2023)

Research Planning Grant, “Designing a “good life” for livestock: Could gene editing improve animal welfare in low- and middle-income countries?” Tiny Beam Fund Burning Questions Initiative, USD$25,000 (2023), with Rachel Ankeny.

Research Project Funding, “Development and Evaluation of Extension and Adoption Programs for Farmers in South Australia,” Department of Primary Industries and Regions, State of South Australia (PIRSA),  A$320,000 (2022–24) with Rachel Ankeny.

Research Planning Grant, “A Benefit or Hindrance? The Impact of Globalisation on Industrial Agricultural Expansion and Animal Welfare in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Reliant on Halal Production Practices,” Tiny Beam Fund Burning Questions Initiative, AU$11,655 (2020), with Alexandra Whittaker and Rachel Ankeny

Contract Research, “Scoping Study for Building and Maintaining Community Trust in Australia’s Primary Industries”, AgriFutures Australia, A$94,678 (2018), with Heather Bray, Michelle Phillipov, and Rachel Ankeny.

Emily is an experienced tutor and practical demonstrator, have previously worked within the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, and the School of Humanities. Emily has also lectured in Level II Animal Science Research Methodology on social science research methods, and in the winter school Communicating Science subject on key ideas in science communication.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Genetically Modified Food for Thought: Towards a Social and Open Approach to Genetically Modified Crops Governance in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michail Sergeev Ivanov
    2023 Co-Supervisor An integrated Indigenous knowledges and multispecies justice approach to Responsible Innovation outcomes in crop science research practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Audrey Henry
    2022 Co-Supervisor Negotiating the Future of Foods: The Intersections of Food Values, Sustainability and Food Technology in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Christina Wenzl

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