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

Currently, Penny is researching the Australian story of raw milk. She is looking at raw milk from a science communication perspective with a focus on risk and the stories that contribute to the desire to drink raw milk. She has been interviewing consumers, producers and scientists/regulators in an attempt to piece together a more nuanced story surrounding the desires and dangers of raw milk consumption in the Australian context.

Penny has been talking about aspects of food at conferences since 2011. This list represents some of those presentations:

Wilson, P. (2018) When a risk message fails – telling the story of raw milk in Australia. Paper to be presented at the forthcoming PCST Conference 2018, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 3-6 April, 2018

Wilson, P. (2017) Disruption and messiness: examining the ban on raw milk sale in Australia. Paper presented at the 2017 Mundane Governance Conference, The Australian National University, Canberra, 22-24 November 2017

Wilson, P. (2016) Chasing Utopia through the Post-Pasteurian Dream: responding to the desire for the real taste of milk. Paper presented at the 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, University of Melbourne and William Angliss College, Melbourne, 2-5 December, 2016

Wilson, P. (2014) Not fit for human consumption – raw milk: the risky business of raw milk. Paper presented at the 4th Regional Food Cultures and Networks Conference, presented by Southern Cross University’s Regional Food Network, Byron Bay, 17-18 November 2014

Wilson, P. (2012) The Special Meal Project: a pilot exploration of research into young Australian’s perceptions about eating practices. Paper presented at the Australian Science Communicators National Conference 2012, Sydney, 27-29 February, 2012

Wilson, P. (2011) A GM Conversation? Communication around the introduction of GM canola to Australia. Paper presented 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, USA, 9-12 June, 2011

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