Karin Eli


Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
University of Oxford
51 Banbury Road

Postdoctoral Researcher, Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology & Junior Research Fellow, St Hilda’s College

Karin’s research focuses on the subjective experience of eating disorders.

Karin is interested in identifying and analysing socio-environmental factors that influence the trajectory of eating disorders, and has conducted extensive narrative-based research among people with eating disorders in Israel and the UK. She has also collaborated with UBVO Leverhulme Artist in Residence Rosie Kay on a project exploring the embodied experience of eating disorders through dance practice.

Together with colleagues in the School of Anthropology and the Said Business School, Karin is part of the Oxford Food Governance Group, and is working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Group’s Future of Food Project, examining consumer engagement with information and communication technologies (ICT) as a mode of food governance.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Eli, Karin and Ulijaszek, Stanley, eds. (2014). Obesity, Eating Disorders and the Media. Ashgate. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ILFUBAAAQBAJ

McLennan, Amy, Ulijaszek, Stanley, and Eli, Karin. (2014). Social Aspects of Dietary Sugars. In Dietary Sugars and Health,  Michael I. Goran, Luc Tappy, and Kim-Anne Lê, eds. CRC Press. http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466593770

Eli, Karin (2012). ‘4st 7lbs’: Eating disorders, between horror and survival. UBVO Opinion Paper Series, no. 3. Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, University of Oxford. http://www.oxfordobesity.org/opinionpapers/OpinionPaper03.pdf

Eli, Karin (2011) The phenomenology of binge eating in anorexia and bulimia. University of Oxford Podcasts: Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (UBVO) Seminars. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/phenomenology-binge-eating-anorexia-and-bulimia-audio