Social & Cultural

This theme covers social aspects of the food system, including consumer culture in relation to food, the history of food and the development of agriculture, interactions between food and other social issues, and the wider implications of food-related technologies.

People » Meghan Bailey

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Robust Adaptation Planning and Decision-Making: a comparative study of subsistence-oriented communities in the Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa.

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People » Nathalie Seddon

Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Nathalie Seddon studies the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change. Her current work as a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Research Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development involves translating ecosystem science for the benefit of decision makers in government and business in order to bring the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.

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People » Paul Aveyard

Professor of Behavioural Medicine

My research focuses on behavioural medicine. This is the intergration of biological, psychological and sociological knowledge to prevent and treat disease and to aid rehabilitation.
 
My work focuses on helping people change their behaviour, either to prevent serious disease, or as a treatment for that disease.  
 
A lot of my work has examined interventions to help people stop or reduce their smoking and lately I have worked in helping people manage their weight if they have become obese.  
 
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People » Rachel Loopstra

Lecturer in Nutrition at King's College London & Associate Researcher in Sociology at Oxford University.

Rachel Loopstra’s research focuses on understanding social welfare policy as a determinant of population health and well-being. Her interests broadly focus on material deprivation, examining how social welfare expansion and retrenchment influence food insecurity and housing insecurity, and the social and health consequences of these experiences.

Rachel completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on understanding drivers and outcomes of food insecurity in Canada.
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People » Sanne Peters

Research Fellow in Epidemiology

Sanne Peters is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at The George Institute for Global Health, Oxford Martin School. She obtained her a PhD in Epidemiology from Utrecht University and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Utrecht University and at the University of Cambridge.

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People » Sarah Harper

Professor of Gerontology & Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Sarah's current research concerns globalization and global population ageing, in particular the impact at the global, societal and individual level of the age-structural shift from predominantly young to predominantly older societies.

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People » Sarah Hitch

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College

Sarah's project, “Food for the gods: the role of belief in Greek myth and ritual”, looks at the evidence for conceptions of divine diet and why people worship them with offerings of food.

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People » Stanley Ulijaszek

Professor of Human Ecology & Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity

Stanley's research interests centre on the biocultural ecology of human populations past and present, and nutritional anthropology.

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This project addresses two key elements of the food security debate: the role of environmental change, climate and insects, and the structure of the farming population, age and gender.

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