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Food Study Group


The BSA Food Study Group joined forces with the Scottish Colloquium on Food and Feeding (SCOFF) in 1994. The group aims to encourage the sociological analysis, both theoretical and empirical, of all aspects of food production and consumption.


The Food Study Group holds hour long seminars and longer, themed, events throughout the UK. The aim is to provide a forum for stimulating debate amongst academics, practitioners and others interested or involved in social science research on food, diet and eating.


SCOFF is re-launching.  We would like to invite proposals to host future events. Simply e-mail Andrea Tonner with your thoughts.

The History of the BSA Food Study Group

Murcott, A. (2011). The BSA and the Emergence of a 'Sociology of Food': A Personal View. SociologicalResearchOnline 2011 16(3):14

In this paper, which is free to access, Professor Anne Murcott provides a personal view of the history of the BSA and the emergence of a nameable 'Sociology of Food'. Many thanks to Anne for writing this paper and for granting permission to signpost it here.

Forthcoming Events

24 April 2015
Scottish Colloquium on Food and Feeding (SCOFF) Mini Symposium: Evaluating food interventions and their impact on health outcomes
MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit , University of Glasgow - BOOK NOW!

Professor Annie S Anderson - Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Dundee
Professor Anderson’s main research interests lie in understanding factors that influence the promotion of lifestyle change (principally diet and obesity) and the impact of theory based, behaviourally focused dietary and obesity interventions (policy, practice and individual) in relation to disease risk reduction.

Professor Laurence Moore - Director of the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.
Professor Moore is a social scientist and statistician with a particular interest in the development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve public health, underpinned by frameworks such as the socioecological model of health and an awareness of the complex interdependencies between individual, social, environmental and economic determinants of health.

Dr Sharon Simpson - Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director, South East Wales Trials Unit, University of Cardiff.
Dr Simpson’s main research interests lie in the areas of obesity, mental health and behaviour change. She is Chief Investigator on two large trials based in the UK. One evaluates a motivational interviewing (MI) based intervention for maintenance of weight loss in adults. The other is an evaluation of a group based intervention for obese pregnant women.

8 May 2015
FRIED and SCOFF joint seminar: Examining young people’s food and drink practices beyond the school gates with Dr Wendy Wills, University of Hertfordshire
University of Edinburgh, UK

Wendy Wills works at the interface of social science and public health in relation to food, eating, weight/obesity and health. She has directed several major research grants, including for the ESRC and Food Standards Agency.

Find out further details and registration for this seminar and other FRIED events.

30 June 2015
BSA Food Study Group – SPERI event - Food, poverty and policy: evidence base and knowledge gaps
University of Sheffield, UK - BOOK NOW! - Abstract submission deadline:  2 April 2015


Food Study Group London Lunch and Seminar Series


Please watch this space for details. 


Please note that this event is free to attend but places are limited and the cost of lunch is not included. To reserve a place please email Rebecca O’Connell, noting whether you will be joining us for lunch.


All meetings are held at the University of Westminster, Cavendish Campus, 115 New Cavendish Street, London.


Please visit our Past Events page for further details of our activities.

Annual Report

The Food Study Group Annual Report is now available. 

Joining the Group

Members receive regular e-newsletters and discounted rates for study group events. Students and non-academics are very welcome to join, along with academics and researchers from any discipline. The multi-disciplinary/ multi-sectoral nature of the membership promotes vibrant discussion and is encouraged. There is a joining fee of £46, waived for the unwaged and individuals who are already members of the BSA. To join, complete the Joining Form and email to Hannah Lambie-Mumford 

Contact the Convenor(s)

Suggestions for speakers, venues and other events are always welcomed. Details of relevant books, events, news, funding and jobs can also be added to the website.


Hannah Lambie-Mumford

University of Sheffield

Send an email.


Rebecca O'Connell

Institute of Education

Send an email.


Andrea Tonner

University of Strathclyde

Send an email.

Links to Relevant/Current Research

Australian Food, Society and Culture Network - This network has been established to allow researchers and policy makers located in Australia who are interested in the social and cultural aspects of food and eating to connect with each other. It is hoped this network will foster interdisciplinary projects and other research synergies.


Dr Karen Throsby’s wonderful evening talk at Food & Society 2012, ‘Dreaming of Jelly babies' is now available on the British Library's Sport and Society webpages in a special section on food:


Food Stories is an interactive website, designed primarily for KS3 and KS4 citizenship and geography students.  It traces the changes that have taken place in the UK's food culture over the last century.  Students can play with colourful animations and listen to audio interviews from the British Library Sound Archive to investigate the ways in which food relates to identity, cultural diversity, the environment, technology, farming, shopping, travel and much more.


The Association for the Study of Food and Society is a multidisciplinary international organisation dedicated to exploring the complex relationships among food, culture, and society.  The ASFS publishes a useful list of course outlines with bibliographies on topics relevant to the sociology of food, food anthropology, agriculture and society etc, which some members might find useful.


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