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Food

Research on food has been a prominent research theme ever since CCR started. Research has often been conducted in collaboration with other departments at the University of Gothenburg, with researchers at Chalmers and together with Nordic and international partners and has covered several different disciplines. Large CCR-initiated projects have touched on food practices in relation to health, sustainability and risk among children, youth, the elderly and families with children.

Some of the themes covered by the projects:

  • What’s the meaning of food and meals in old age and how does practices change as you grow old?
  • Does it have any impact on children's understanding of food, health and the environment if they themselves are involved in research?
  • How do families everyday food choices differ depending on life situations?
  • How can young people's habits and preferences when it comes to fast food be contextualized?
  • How do consumer’s perceive issues of risk, anxiety and trust in relation to food and food scares? How do they relate to media coverage, advice from authorities and supply in the store?
  • When, where and how do parents use processed foods for their babies? How do they handle the often contradictory discourses about processed food, health and sustainability in relation to their children?


Theoretically the research has a broad cultural and social science base, often inspired by actor-network theory. CCR researchers have also developed an application of the concept foodscapes inspired by Gilles Deleuze and used it in several projects and publications on children and young peoples’ foodscapes. Another source of inspiration is practice theory as applied in the study of risk and processed foods.

Within the theme there is also a great interest in developing methods for working with people and not the least children as participants; co-researchers. 

Current projects

Food, Convenience and Sustainability (FOCAS)
Food in Nordic everyday life

Completed projects

Children as co-researchers of foodscapes, BAMM
Children, food and health
Children’s lifestyles and the obesity epidemic, CLOE
Consumer culture in an age of anxiety
Food and body in everyday life - sociocultural perspectives
Nordic children's food arenas
Nordic Young Health
The good meal
The multidimensional food consumer. Values and behaviours of consumers 55+

Page Manager: Henric Karlsson |Last update: 8/17/2017
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