Penny Wilson

PhD Researcher



Penny is an educational consultant specialising in curriculum design and development. She has been Director of her own consulting company since 2001. Prior to this, Penny worked in TAFE NSW latterly as a curriculum designer and coordinator.

During her consulting career, Penny has worked on projects with a range of TAFEs, universities and private colleges. Recently, she has been based at a university in Sydney working on a number of diverse projects ranging from curriculum design and development to departmental and faculty business reviews; from proposing articulation arrangements from VET and HE providers to preparing the groundwork for collaboration with strategic partners.

After researching and developing a series of science communication units, Penny became so interested in the subject of science communication that she was inspired to enrol in a PhD at ANU.

Currently, Penny’s interest lies with exploring the science communication around food: its place in day-to-day life through social and other media, governmental regulation through policy, the influence and passion of lobby groups, and the pressure and demands of business.

In 2011, Penny presented a paper, A GM Conversation? Communication around the introduction of GM canola to Australia, at ‘Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky’, (the Joint 2011 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)) at the University of Montana, Missoula, US.

Last year, Penny presented a paper at the Australian Science Communicators National Conference (ASC2012) in Sydney, The Special Meal Project a pilot exploration of research into young Australian’s perceptions about eating practices.

In 2012, Penny tutored in the Masters course SCOM8027 Science and Public Policy at ANU and coordinated the second half of SCOM300: Science Communication in Practice at Macquarie University. This year, she is involved with SCOM2001 Practical Skills for Communicating Science at ANU.



Recent writing

Wilson, Penny. ‘In the ‘O-zone’: trying to follow the Australian dietary guidelines’. The Conversation 20 Feb 2013

Wilson, Penny. ‘Doctor, don’t make assumptions about your fat patients’ The Conversation  11 October 2012

Wilson, Penny. ‘Shopping for ‘healthy’ food? It’s  minefield’. The Conversation 24 July 2012

Wilson, Penny. ‘Healthy or harmful? It’s a piece of cake’. The Conversation 16 March 2012

Wilson, Penny. ‘Monday’s medical myth: eating oysters makes you randy’. The Conversation 9 Jan 2012

Wilson, Penny and Will J Grant. ‘Has the use-by date gone past its prime’. The Conversation 15 Nov 2011

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