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.

Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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People » Alexandra Littaye

DPhil Student, School of Geography and the Environment

Alexandra's research is on alternative food networks in the UK and Mexico, focusing on the narratives of small-scale producers engaged with the organisation Slow Food.

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People » Alexis Gutiérrez

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Consumers and Environmental Labelling – What do they actually understand? A case study of the seafood industry

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People » Amy Bogaard

Lecturer in Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology

Amy Bogaard’s research interests are in Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology, looking at early farming practices and land use in Europe and western Asia, archaeobotany and palaeodiets.

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People » Amy McLennan

Research Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Amy is an academic researcher and policy analyst. She is driven by the view that collaborative work which crosses ‘traditional’ boundaries is vital for understanding and addressing today’s major global health issues. Her background reflects this view; she has academic training in biomedical sciences, social sciences and French language, and professional experience in the academic, policy and private sectors.

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People » Andrea Stephens

Oxford Martin Fellow, Restatements Researcher

Dr Andrea Stephens is working on the Restatements project within the Future of Food programme, reviewing the evidence base underlying areas of current policy concern. She is interested in how science can be used to inform policy and management decisions.

Her PhD was completed in the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in 2012.

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People » Ben Caldecott

Programme Director, Stranded Assets Programme, and Research Fellow

Ben Caldecott directs the Stranded Assets Programme, which works to understand the risks that result in stranded assets, where environmentally unsustainable assets suffer from unanticipated or premature write-offs.

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People » Charles Michel

"Chef-in-residence"

Charles is a Franco-Colombian professional chef graduated from ‘Institut Paul Bocuse’ cookery school in Lyon, France in 2006. After a classical training in kitchens in France and Italy, including two years at the three Michelin-starred restaurant “Dal Pescatore”, his work as a cook took a turn in a collaborative research with professor Charles Spence, applying insights from sensory and psychological science to culinary creations.

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People » Charles Spence

Professor of Experimental Psychology & University Lecturer, Somerville College

Charles' research looks at the role of attention in multisensory perception, including sensory perception of food.

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People » George Leeson

Co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing & Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology

Dr. Leeson’s main research interests are in the socio-demographic aspects of ageing populations, covering both demographic modelling of population development and the analysis of national and international data sets.

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