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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

1. Doing Food Research: Methods Workshops
June 2016
Are you interested in doing food research, but would like to know more about different methodological approaches and novel methods? Understand better how to tailor your food research for different funders? Meet others who are conducting social scientific research about food? Take away ‘top tips’ to apply in your own studies?
We are reprising the popular methods workshops that we ran in 2014.  These explored a variety of qualitative approaches including:
•       Visual and mobile methods
•       Use of on-line data in food research
•       Engaging with multiple data sources/types
•       Use of ethnographic methods in food research
•       Archival research and re-use of qualitative data
•       Doing food research for government
The workshops are aimed at Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career researchers, but may also be useful for those working outside academia, including practitioners.  So please let us know if you are interested in attending and also what topics you would be interested in. 
Please send your responses to the workshop organisers:
Alizon Draper and Ulla Gustafsson


Food Study Group London Lunch and Seminar Series


Please watch this space for details. 


Please note that these events are 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

Read the Food Study Group Annual Report. 

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.


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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