Turner, Asst. Prof. Bethaney
Assistant Professor, International Studies
Faculty of Arts & Design
Bldg, Floor & Room: 20, C10
Telephone: (02) 6201 5732
Facsimile: (02) 6201 2649
Bethaney's current research explores how more sustainable urban living behaviours can be developed and fostered in a time of human-induced climate change. Her interdisciplinary research draws on many fields including human geography, political ecology and cultural theory and, in practice, focuses on the food system from production to waste. This includes work on farmers' markets, community gardens and agricultural shows and is currently expanding to the area of digital food studies. Bethaney has over 20 research publications in these areas and her consultation reports (with colleagues from UC and the ANU) on local food and community gardens carried out for the ACT Government continue to impact on the shaping of Canberra's approach to local food.
Bethaney's PhD was on the Zapatistas, a social revolutionary movement in Mexico and she maintains a keen interest in Latin America and social movements more broadly.
Bethaney convenes the Bachelor of Arts and Design (Honours) course and is passionate about providing the frameworks necessary for Honours students to maximise their employment opportunities and/or future research careers through portfolio and research skill development.
Areas of Teaching
Bethaney has supervised 2 PhD students and 7 Honours students to completion. She is available for supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students in the broad areas of research interest listed below.
Bethaney teaches in the Honours and International Studies area. This includes: Advanced Humanities Research, Research Skills, Cultures and Diversity and Global Social Movements
- Human/More-than-Human relationships
- Creative ecologies
- Alternative food networks (Community Gardens, Farmers' Markets etc)
- Digital food cultures
- Social Movements
- 2006 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Canberra
- 2004 PhD in Communication, University of Canberra
Selected Recent Publications
- Turner, B., Steensby, W, & Pearson, D. (2013). From Bare Earth to Bounty: The story of the Canberra Organic Growers Society. Ginninderra Press, Adelaide.
- Turner, B. & Henryks, J. (2014). Embodied Connections: A New Wave of Urban Agriculture. In T. Conroy (Ed.) Food and Everyday Life. Lexington Books, Manham, MA., USA.
- Turner, B., Pearson, D. & R. Dyball (in press). Planning for Regional Food Security: A case-study of the ACT. Locale.
- Turner, B. (2014). Taste in the Antropocene. M/C Journal, 17(1).
- Turner, B. & Hope, C. (2014). Ecological Connections: Reimagining the role of farmers' markets. Rural Society, 23, pp 175-187
- Turner, B. (2014) Food Waste, intimacy and compost: The stirrings of a new ecology?, SCAN, 11(1).
- Wilson, A., Akerlind G., Walsh, B., Stevens, B., Turner, B. & Alison Shield (2013). Making 'professionalism' meaningful to students in higher education. Studies in Higher Education
- Turner, B. (2011). Embodied Rights: Food security, the body, and GMOs. Borderlands e-journal: New Spaces in the Humanities, 3
- Turner, B. (2011). Embodied Connections: Sustainability, food systems and Community Gardens. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 16(6), pp 509-522
- Henryks, J. & Turner, B. (2011). Unearthing Paradox: Organic food and its tensions. Locale: The Australasian-Pacific Journal of Regional Food Studies, 1(1), pp 65-86.
- Turner, B., Henryks, J. & Pearson, D., Guest Eds. (2011). Community Gardens: Sustainability, health and inclusion in the city, Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 16(6), pp 489-492
Refereed Conference Papers
- Turner, B.. (2013). Food in the City: An exploration of how knowledge gaps fuel food insecurity, 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference, in conjunction with the Sustainable Transformation Conference, June, St Kilda, Melbourne
- Turner, B. & Henryks, J. (2012). The Risky Business of Food Waste, Australia and New Zealand Communication Association, July, Adelaide, South Australia
- Henryks, J. & Turner, B. (2012). Understanding Farmers Markets, Australia and New Zealand Communication Association, July, Adelaide, South Australia
- Turner, B. & Henryks, J. (2012). Cultivation, Consumption and Connection: How to make the most of local food, Healthy Cities Conference, June, Geelong, Victoria
- Henryks, J. & Turner, B. (2012) Banning the sale of bottled water: Choice editing in action. International Social Marketing Conference, June, Brisbane, QueenslandHenryks, J & Turner, B. (2012) Agricultural Show Awards and their use in the marketing of food products: A review of the literature. Institute of Food products Marketing Conference, June, Philadelphia, USA
Non Traditional Publications
Online Exhibition at National Museum of Australia
- Urban Farming and the Agricultural Show (with Joanna Henryks (UC), George Main (NMA), Kirsten Wehner (NMA)
ACT Government Consultancy reports publically available online
- The ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, The Roles and Benefits of the Community Gardens in the ACT (with Joanna Henryks).
- The ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Local Food in the ACT, (with David Pearson, third author Rob Dyball (ANU).
Articles on The Conversation
- Henryks, J. & Turner, B. (16 May 2012) New Standards could make consumers choose between the chicken and the egg.
- Turner, B. & Henryks, J. (20 March, 2012) Urban Food Knowledge: Does yoghurt grow on trees in cities?
- Turner, B. & Henryks, J. (10 February, 2012) The Hidden Price of Discounting Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.
- ACT Health Innovation Fund, Healthy Eating Habits in High Schools: A pilot study at UC High School Kaleen (14, 000) – 2014-2015
- ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, The Roles and Benefits of the Community Gardens in the ACT (Bethaney Turner lead author, second author Joanna Henryks). ($20,000) - 2013
- ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Local Food in the ACT, (Bethaney Turner lead author, second author David Pearson, third author Rob Dyball (ANU). ($20,000) - 2013
- ACT Heritage Grant, History of Community Gardening in Canberra, (Bethaney Turner lead author, second author Walter Steensby and third author David Pearson). ($9,200)- 2012-2013
- ACT Health Promotion Grant, Mapping Community Gardens in the ACT (co-investigator with Joanna Henryks). ($14,500) – 2012-2013
- FAD Micro Linkage Grant Food, Cities and Sustainability: Mapping connections through agricultural shows (co-investigator with Joanna Henryks). ($18,000) – 2011-2012
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