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About the Food & Society Conference

Welcome to the 4th BSA Food Study Group Conference, Food & Society 2014. We welcome all delegates to the conference, particularly those travelling from overseas.


Poor diet, levels of food waste and intensification of agriculture are key themes in contemporary food research and policy making, yet they can appear disconnected from everyday social practices and the lived experiences of food and food systems. The fourth BSA Food Study Group conference brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to explore this apparent disconnect and showcase the most cutting edge research and practice from within and beyond the sociology of food.


We are delighted to welcome our plenary speaker, Professor Lotte Holm, who will speak on 'Regulating obesity and handling bodyweight in everyday life'.


Lotte Holm is Professor in Sociology of Food and the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research interests centre around daily practices and the multiple social and cultural meanings of food and eating in ordinary daily life. Lotte has worked with food related sociological research for many years and addressed a variety of empirical themes, including issues related to social change and eating, to food and identity, lay perceptions of food and health, everyday management of appetite and body weight, trust in food and food safety policies in Europe, consumer perceptions of food quality and food safety, food and nutrition policy, institutional feeding, and consumer acceptance and appropriation of new dietary principles.


Our special guest at the evening Drinks Reception is Amy Godfrey who will give a performance from her 'Biscuit Chronicles'. Delegates are invited to join us at the reception to browse the posters and talk to their presenters and enjoy Amy's performance.

The Programme

This year's conference has a packed, high quality programme of papers and a new format in which longer sessions in the morning are followed by intensive and exciting themed Pecha Kucha sessions in the afternoon. The final conference session, a symposium on current priorities for social scientists of food includes contributions from social policy, sociology and the media and is chaired by Professor Elizabeth Dowler. 


Interested in this event?  Then you may find the Food Study Group's webpage useful.


Please direct any administrative enquiries to the BSA Events Team and any academic enquiries to Rebecca O'Connell.


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