William Angliss Institute

Academic Staff Profiles

William Angliss Institute staff conduct a broad scope of applied research activities related to the Institute’s specialisations of Foods, Tourism, Events and Hospitality.

Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University

Brief summary of thesis topic

The future of isolated locations with significant tourism potential can be substantially impacted upon by the construction of large-scale infrastructure such as airports. Based on a case study of Tana Toraja in Indonesia, this research will investigate the way tourism development plans and policies are made throughout the infrastructure development process, exploring the friction between different stakeholders and the impacts on local communities and their futures.

This research will reveal how different levels of government and local stakeholders interact when making policy and planning decisions around large infrastructure projects aimed at boosting the local tourism industry. It will investigate the expectations among local tourism stakeholders, local, provincial and national governments, and over time, map the processes that evolve and their correlation to these expectations.
In doing so, this research aims to identify critical points in policy making that can have longstanding impacts on local and national tourism outcomes.

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Biography

Oliver Buddrick was born in Germany. He completed his qualification as a German master baker and pastry chef in Stuttgart, Germany where he worked in a variety of bakeries. In 1993, he settled in Australia continuing to work as a baker. He completed his Diploma in Food Science and Technology at William Angliss in Melbourne in 2007 where he was the winner of the Gelita Australia Pty Ltd Award for his work on food product development. He achieved his Bachelor Degree in Food Technology and Nutrition at RMIT University in 2009, followed by Honours in Food Science in 2010 with first class. Oliver received a prestigious industry award at the 44th Annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention at the Sydney Convention. He was also the recipient of a Grain Research & Development Corporation scholarship for his PhD study completed in 2014.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Food Science, RMIT University, 2014
  • BSc (Honours) in Food Science, RMIT University, 2010
  • BSc in Food Technology and Nutrition, RMIT University, 2008-2009
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, William Angliss Institute, 2007
  • Diploma of Food Science and Technology, William Angliss Institute, 2005-2007
  • Certificate IV Woolworths Management, Training and Development Woolworths Academy, 2006
  • Diploma - Master Tradesman, Mastership (Meisterbrief) Handwerkskammer Stuttgart (Germany), 1993

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Biography

Dr Lilly Cleary is a specialist in the field of food studies and gastronomy. Lilly was awarded her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Drawing across a diversity of academic scholarship, she examined the underlying assumptions and implications of narratives of trust and social change in alternative food provisioning networks. She holds a Master of Arts (Gastronomy) from the University of Adelaide, and has an undergraduate degree in Applied Science.  

Lilly played an integral role in the development of the William Angliss Institute Bachelor of Food Studies and the Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy. She currently teaches in both programs, with a special interest in performative and sensory practice, food governance and policy, more-than-human dynamics in food production, and transdisciplinary research and knowledge systems. Previously she has taught at the University of Melbourne, and is a member of the Cheese Scholars Collective.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts (Gastronomy), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Sydney

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Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University

Brief summary of thesis topic

What makes a memorable fine-dining experience? Customers’ and Chefs’ perceptions within a fine dining context.

The overall aim of this thesis is to identify key elements (dimensions) associated with high quality fine dining experiences. The research will incorporate a series of semi structured interviews examining, both hospitality industry professionals’ and customers’ experiences of specific meals in a fine dining context, and thematically analyse their reports. Having identified specific themes these will be utilised in a quantitative survey of customers in order to determine key elements of fine-dining experiences identified by both chefs and customers. The proposed research will contribute to the understanding of the hedonic properties of a fine-dining experience.

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Biography

Dr Kelly Donati developed and lectures in Australia’s first Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy in the Faculty of Higher Education. Her teaching responsibilities are focused on gastronomy, food cultures, discourses of diet and health and the micro-politics of fermentation. She is proud to be on the board of directors for Melbourne Farmers Markets and the founding Chairperson of Sustain: the Australian Food Network, a not-for-profit organisation hosted at William Angliss Institute which undertakes food system policy work for local government and beyond. Her doctoral research developed the concept of multispecies gastronomy which explores the convivial and lively co-productive collaborations between humans and nonhumans in small-scale farming practice. She has published widely in the areas of multispecies gastronomy, community gardens, farmers markets, the politics of Slow Food and the development of food studies pedagogy.

Qualifications

  • Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, 2016
  • Master of Arts (Gastronomy), University of Adelaide, Faculty of Arts, School of History and Politics, 2004\
  • Master of Arts (Cultural Studies and Critical Theory), Monash University, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies), McGill University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English Literature, 1995

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Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Education, University of Melbourne

Brief summary of thesis topic

Assessment against competency standards involves collecting evidence and then forming a judgement about whether or not competence has been achieved. Several factors impact on these judgements, including the skills and experience of the assessors, clarity of the particular competency standards and moderation of assessment processes in the training organisation. Rajiv aims to explore whether assessors working in training organisations delivering commercial cookery qualifications have sufficiently sound grounding in assessment theory and practice and related tools and techniques. In particular, do training organisations in other countries that follow the competency based training system have clearly defined and documented standards for assessing a dish cooked by a student? And, is appropriate professional development afforded to assessors to ensure that students doing commercial cookery qualifications judged in an accurate and reliable way?. His research question explores the relationship between assessor’s level of vocational expertise and assessment expertise and if this influences the vocational education and training provided to the students.

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Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University

Brief summary of thesis topic

“Environmentally sustainable policies and practices (ESPPs) in the Australian hotel industry: Hotel manager’s perspective of stakeholder influence”.

This research will examine the environmentally sustainable policies and practices that are currently being utilised and implemented in the Australian hotel industry and the role different stakeholders play in shaping these policies and practices. Also, the research will investigate environmental sustainability policies and practices that are planned to be implemented in the future in context of the projected growth in the hotel industry in Australia.

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Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University

Brief summary of thesis topic

At the core of the study is the move by Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions into Higher Education (HE), and the role of TAFE libraries in supporting that move. TAFE is the publicly supported sector of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and have traditionally delivered VET qualifications that have focused on prescribed programs, compliance and competencies standards. Within HE, the emphasis is on academic discipline development through course content, curriculum design, graded assessment and pedagogy.

Scholarly information behaviour considers a person’s role, function and attitude to locating, accessing, browsing, seeking and using information in a scholarly context. There is a little research on how libraries in a non-university sector support the scholarly information behaviour of HE lecturers, nor how these lecturers find and access information for their scholarship and research.

The research will:

  1. Investigate how HE lecturers in TAFE find and access information to inform their scholarship
  2. Determine how the Institute library as an information resource and service provider supports HE lecturer’s scholarly information needs
  3. Develop a constructivist grounded theory that explains the scholarly information behaviour of HE lecturers in TAFE

A qualitative research approach that focuses on participant views was adopted. The methodology took a constructivist grounded theory approach.

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Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University

Brief summary of thesis topic

Pilgrimages as consumption experiences have been a focus in the marketing discipline mainly from managerial perspectives. A pilgrimage involves travel to a sacred site and the literature notes that there are differences between pilgrimages and travellers based on motivational factors. The popularity of Gallipoli in recent years has led researchers to explore visitor motivations. Recent findings reveal there are managerial implications for the site management, so Gallipoli requires further attention.

The aim of the study is to explore how transformative experiences (TE’s) act as a catalyst for visitors between brand salience and brand resonance within the context of the Gallipoli pilgrimage. The brand development will adopt Keller’s model and will use transformative research theory as the lens to clarify how tourist experiences can develop brand resonance.
This study will adopt a phenomenological qualitative approach, which is considered to be the most suitable when exploring complex phenomena. As the focus is from various perspectives it seeks to explore individual meanings during the pilgrimage experience.

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Biography

Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney is Associate Dean (Research) at William Angliss Institute, joining the organisation in June 2015. Previously, Leonie was employed at Victoria University as Associate Professor of Event Management and Discipline Head of Tourism, Hospitality and Events. Building on her PhD study of the management of volunteers and paid staff in the cultural tourism sector, Leonie’s main area of research expertise since 2000 relates to volunteering, specifically in event and tourism settings. Consolidating on her reputation in the field, Leonie has published her work in several top-tier journals including the Journal of Travel Research, Leisure Sciences, Tourism Analysis, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Tourism Research and Leisure Studies. Leonie continues to collaborate on projects with leading researchers from Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Qualifications

  • GradCert in Tertiary Education, Victoria University (2011)
  • PhD, Victoria University (2005)
  • MBus (Tourism Management), Victoria University (2000)
  • BBus (Travel and Tourism Management), Victoria University (1995)

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Biography

Dr Manzoni has a background commencing in the manufacturing industries in Australia followed by a lengthy period as management consultant and training facilitator in the area of organisational performance improvement for individual businesses and across their supply chains. He later became a vocational educator in TAFE and then a lecturer and research scholar in higher education. He has designed and developed courses for VET and Higher Education at various institutions and delivered undergraduate and post graduate courses locally and overseas. 

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Business Administration, Victoria University
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science, LaTrobe University
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Associate in Industrial Engineering, RMIT University

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Biography

Madelene is a Tourism Lecturer in the Faculty of Higher Education at William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this position, she worked for La Trobe University in the Business School primarily teaching research methods, management communications, tourism and hospitality studies, destination marketing and management, as well as tourism and the environment.

Her current research explores contemporary travel writers' experiences in the digital age. For her PhD she interviewed 47 modern professional travel writers, journalists and bloggers, primarily from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and North America, who reflected on their diverse roles, professional relationships, ethics, as well as their use of interactive online technologies.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University (2016)
  • Master of Tourism (Honours), La Trobe University (2011)
  • Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Management), La Trobe University (2009)

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Biography

Faith is a specialist in volunteer tourism in the Faculty of Higher Education at William Angliss Institute. Her PhD explored volunteer tourists’ expectations as influences on their intentions to volunteer in their own communities on return. Over the course of her PhD, Faith actively disseminated her research, publishing three journal articles – including one in an A*-ranked journal – and a conference paper that was awarded the 2014 CAUTHE PhD Bursary, and presenting at industry forums.

In addition to publishing within the areas of tourism and leisure, Faith has taught research methods, sustainable operations, and tourism, hospitality and event management at a tertiary level. With previous experience in corporate events and hospitality, she has incorporated industry experience into her teaching and research.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University (Melbourne), 2016
  • Master of Tourism Management, Victoria University (Melbourne), 2011
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, National University of Singapore, 2006

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Dr Nick Rose is a specialist in the emerging field of sustainable food systems and the related fields of food sovereignty and food security. Nick was awarded his PhD in Political Ecology from RMIT University for investigating the transformative potential of the global food sovereignty movement. During and after his PhD, he co-founded and coordinated the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (2010-2015), where he was one of the developers of Australia's first crowd-sourced food policy document, the People’s Food Plan, jointly coordinated Fair Food Week, and was the Content Director of Australia's first food politics documentary, Fair Food. As a Churchill Fellow (2014), he investigated innovative models of urban agriculture in the US, Canada and Argentina. As Executive Director of Sustain: The Australian Food Network, he supports food system policy and programme work local government and beyond, with research studies into Food Hubs, local food economies and urban agriculture.   

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, 2013

  • Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University, 2006

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Melbourne University, 1988

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Qualification currently studying

Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University

Brief summary of thesis topic

Niche forms of tourism based around outdoor recreational activities have emerged as primary tourism products in many rural locations around the world. While some studies have explored the initial development of these activity forms of rural tourism there are few that investigate the factors that contribute to their sustainability over the long term. The research takes a historical perspective and draws on elements of Evolutionary Economic Geography to theorise that various underlying mechanisms, such as the actions of a range of individual and institutional agents when combined with specific contextual conditions have contributed to the resilience, adaptability and long term development of these types of attractions. Two case studies of iconic cycle trails in New Zealand are being used to investigate these issues.  The aim of the research is develop theoretical constructs which may be applicable to other similar activity based attractions in other locations.

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Biography
Paul A Whitelaw is Associate Director Higher Education and Quality at William Angliss Institute.  Prior to this appointment he was a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business at Victoria University where he lectured in research methods and quantitative and computer based hospitality management systems on undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as supervising PhD Scholars.  In 2011 Paul was the Acting Head of the School of International Business, and before that he was Foundation Executive Director at VU’s Centre for Hospitality and Tourism Research (1993-1996). Before joining Victoria University in 1991, Paul enjoyed nearly 15 years’ experience in various line and executive positions in the Hospitality Industry.

Qualifications

  • PhD “Re-Conceptualising Hospitality Management:  Analysing and  Predicting Career Progression and Success in Hospitality”, Victoria University (2011)
  • MBus (Finance), Victoria University of Technology (1999)
  • BBus (Catering and Hotel Management) (Dist.), Footscray Institute of Technology (1985)
  • BBus (Accounting) (Dist.), Footscray Institute of Technology (1985)
  • Certificate of Business Studies (Marketing), RMIT (TAFE) (1985)

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Biography

Dr Kim Williams is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Higher Education at William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Kim lectures in event management and human resources. Her research background is diverse but tends to focus on human resources issues, with a prime emphasis on professional development and training. She is also interested in event management, gastronomy, fashion, and wine tourism. Kim has published in a variety of journals such as Journal of Heritage Tourism, Managing Leisure, Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism and The Australian Journal of Teacher Education and has contributed to a number of research book chapters.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Education, “An Investigation of the Professional Development Practices of Vocational Education and Training Educators in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector.”, Victoria University (2009)    
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (TAA40104), Victoria University (2008)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Education and Training, Victoria University (2007)
  • Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems (BSZ50198). Australian Industrial Trainers, Assessors & Consultants (2001)
  • Master of Education, “Professional Development: Retuning to Industry: Implications for VET Trainers and Teachers of Hospitality” University of Melbourne (2000)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education Administration, University of Melbourne (1997)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, Hawthorn Institute of Education (1994)
  • Bachelor of Business (Catering and Hotel Management), Footscray Institute of Technology (1985)

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Biography

Prior to joining William Angliss Institute as Associate Dean (Scholarship) in 2016, Associate Professor Melanie Williams was employed as Senior Advisor, Learning & Teaching in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. Previously, she ran a consulting business providing leadership and specialist advice in academic development and scholarship to mixed-sector institutions. She conducted national seminal research into scholarship and scholarly practice in these contexts and has led sectoral discourse in this area. Melanie’s doctoral studies investigated worldview transformation through engagement in scenario learning. She continues to build on this work through employing a transformative and futures-oriented approach to academic development and scholarly practice. Originally trained as a secondary teacher, Melanie’s career has spanned the school, Adult Community Education, TAFE and Higher Education sectors.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 2016
  • MEd (by research), RMIT University, 2004
  • Grad Cert in Training (Action Learning), Kangan Batman TAFE, 1999
  • DipEd (Secondary), University of Melbourne, 1984
  • BA, University of Melbourne, 1982

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Biography

Dr Caroline Winter has worked at the University of Southern Queensland, La Trobe University, Charles Sturt University and Federation University where she taught tourism, management and research methods. Caroline is interested in the natural environment and sustainability, and her early research concerned values (intrinsic and instrumental) for natural places. She has also published articles about tourism and climate change. Recently Caroline began work relating to the ethical issues of using domestic animals in the tourism and leisure industries. Dr Winter’s current and primary research focus concerns the First World War (1914-1918), and the way in which social memory and remembrance are formed through tourist activities. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used in these projects, including questionnaires and short interviews with visitors, and analysis of visitor books at the military cemeteries. Places on the old Somme battlefield, such as Pozières in France, and Ieper/Ypres in Belgium, are Caroline’s favourite places to work.

Qualifications

  • Grad Cert Higher Ed., University of Ballarat
  • PhD, Charles Sturt University
  • MA, Monash University
  • BA (Hons),Charles Sturt University
  • BBus (Tourism Mgt) Charles Sturt University
  • BBus (Accounting), Darwin Institute of Technology

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Biography

Dr Jeff Wrathall is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Higher Education and Course Co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Event Management at WAI. He has also worked as a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Gippsland Campus for approximately 18 years. He holds a PhD in Education from Monash University which involved a study of alternative designs for the content and delivery of MBA programs offered by Western Universities in China.   Jeff has also worked as the Director of Australia-China Executive Training and has managed a range of training and team-building events for Chinese executives in Australia and China. In addition, he has worked for one year as a Visiting Associate Professor at Wuhan Iron and Steel University in Wuhan, China, and has co-authored a text book in Event Management. He is now co-authoring another events book, ‘Event Studies: Key Concepts, Issues and Controversies’.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University
  • Master of International Trade & Investment Law, Deakin University
  • Master of Administration, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Economics, La Trobe University

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