William Skinner

Dr William Skinner

Adjunct Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts


Dr. Skinner is an early career researcher with a doctorate in Anthropology. His PhD thesis engaged with themes of landscape, regional identity, space and place, dwelling, terroir, production and consumption in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia. He has also undertaken anthropological research on wine production in Hvar, Croatia.

Dr. Skinner is an early career researcher with a doctorate in Anthropology. His PhD thesis engaged with themes of landscape, regional identity, space and place, dwelling, terroir, production and consumption in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia. He has also undertaken anthropological research on wine production in Hvar, Croatia.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Adjunct Fellow University of Adelaide
    2013 Sessional instructor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD (Anthropology)
    2006 - 2007 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Master of Arts (International Studies)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Skinner, W. (2018). Presence Through Absence: Phylloxera and the Viticultural Imagination in McLaren Vale, South Australia. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 19(3), 245-263.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Skinner, W. (2019). Liberty and order: wine and the South Australian project. In P. Howland, & J. Dutton (Eds.), Wine, terroir, utopia: making new worlds. Routledge.
    2016 Skinner, W. (2016). Trust Your Senses: Growing wine and making place in McLaren Vale. In A. Dundon, & S. Hemer (Eds.), Emotions, Senses, Spaces: Ethnographic Engagements and Intersections (pp. 175-191). Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2015 Skinner, W. W. (2015). Fermenting Place: wine production and terroir in McLaren Vale, South Australia. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide).

Dr. Skinner's PhD was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award. His work in Croatia was funded by a grant from Adelaide University's EU Centre for Global Affairs.

William is a sessional lecturer and academic tutor. He has taught a range of courses at undergraduate level, primarily in Anthropology but also in the disciplines of Sociology and Criminology.
Presently, he is course coordinator for ANTH 2057 - The Anthropology of Drinking: From Water To Wine, and ANTH 2042 - Consuming Passions.

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Anthropological Society Australia
  • Position: Adjunct Fellow
  • Phone: 83135730
  • Email: william.skinner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 129
  • Org Unit: Anthropology and Development Studies

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