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Food

You are what you eat. Food has become a polarizing issue. What determines what we eat and how is our diet affected by underlying mechanisms?

Food research has been a prominent research theme ever since the start of Centre for Consumption Research.

The research has often been conducted in collaboration with other departments at the University of Gothenburg, with researchers at Chalmers and with Nordic and international partners and has covered several different disciplines. Major CFK-initiated projects have touched on perceptions of food, health, the environment and meals among children, young people, the elderly and families with children.

What does food mean as we get older?
Does it matter to children's understanding of food, health and the environment if they themselves are involved in research on their own everyday food?
How does different life situations affect everyday food choices?
How are we influenced by issues of risk, anxiety and trust in relation to food?
When, where, how and why do new parents use ready-made food for their babies?
How do they deal with often conflicting discourses about ready meals, health and sustainability in relation to their children? 
These are just some of the questions we ask at Centre for Consumption Research. 

How does different life situations affect everyday food choices?

Theoretically, the research has a broad cultural and social science base, often with inspiration from actor-network theory.
CFK researchers have also developed an application of the concept of foodscapes inspired by Gilles Deleuze and used in several projects and publications about children and young people's food landscape.
Another source of inspiration is practice theory which is applied in the studies of risk and ready-made food. Within the theme, there is also a great interest in method development and the CFK researchers have developed methods for working with the elderly and mainly children as participants in the research process.