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Dr William Skinner

William Skinner
Sessional Lecturer
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

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Dr William Skinner

My primary research involves analysis of place, landscape and regional identity, and ethnography of wine production and consumption. My PhD thesis engaged with themes of heritage, landscape, space and place, dwelling and terroir in McLaren Vale region of South Australia. I have also undertaken anthropological research in Hvar, Croatia.


Date Position Institution name
2013 Sessional instructor University of Adelaide, Adelaide


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


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.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
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.


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

I am a sessional lecturer and academic tutor. I have taught a range of courses at undergraduate level, primarily in Anthropology but also in the disciplines of Sociology and Criminology.
Presently, I lecture and coordinate ANTH 2057 - The Anthropology of Drinking: From Water To Wine and ANTH 2042 - Consuming Passions.


Date Role Membership Country
2016 - ongoing Member Australian Anthropological Society Australia
Sessional Lecturer
North Terrace
Napier Building, floor 1
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Anthropology and Development Studies