Professor Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.  He has held research grants from numerous national and international funding sources including an Advanced Investigator Grant (2009-12) and a Proof of Concept (2013) award from the European Research Council and a series of grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (‘Transnational Commodity Cultures’, 1999-2002; ‘Retail Competition and Household Change’, 2001-4; and ‘Cultures of Consumption’, 2003-7).  He directed a major interdisciplinary research programme (‘Changing Families, Changing Food’, 2005-8) for the Leverhulme Trust and has been Director of Research for the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield (2004-7, 2011).  Besides his academic work, he also serves as Chair of the Food Standards Agency’s Social Science Research Committee.  Recent publications include Food Words (2013), The Handbook of Food Research(2013, co-edited with Anne Murcott and Warren Belasco) and Anxious Appetites (2015), all published by Bloomsbury.

Professor David Evans

David Evans is a professorial fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield.  His research focuses on the sociology, geography and anthropology of consumption with a particular interest in food and sustainability. He has recently led and completed two Economic and Social Research Council funded projects: 'Eco-innovation and consumer behaviour' (2012-14) and 'Households, Retailers and Food Waste Transitions' (2014-16). David is  fundamentally concerned with questions of value, which in turn entails a focus on the nature of exchange (in its various forms - economic and otherwise), and on related issues of ‘worth’ and qualities. Of particular interest are the ways in which the value of things, persons and practices are constructed and negotiated at the interface of economic, technological and cultural processes. Besides his academic work, David serves as an advisory board member for a number of policy, practitioner and industry groups, including the Chartered Institute of Mechanical Engineers' Food and Drink Committee. Recent publications include:Food Waste: Home Consumption, Material Culture and Everyday Life (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) andWaste Matters: New Perspectives on Food and Society  (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), co-edited with Hugh Campbell and Anne Murcott.

Dr Monica Truninger

Monica Truninger is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal). Her research interests include food in/security, children and families, school meals and children's food practices, domestic technologies and cooking practices, sustainable consumption and food provisioning systems. She has recently completed two nationally funded projects on school meals and food insecurity among families with children in Portugal. She has published widely in national and international journals, e.g. Journal of Consumer Culture; International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food; Young Consumers; Ecology and Society; Journal of Community Development; Gastronomica. Together with Margrit Keller, Bente Halkier and Terhi-Anna Wilska she is editing the Routledge Handbook on Consumption (2017). She is an elected board member of the Research Network of Sociology of Consumption in the European Sociological Association and she co-chairs the Sociology of Consumption section of the Portuguese Sociological Association. Recent publications include: 'Appropriating Bimby on the internet: perspectives on technology mediated meals by a virtual community', in Cappellini et al, (eds.) The Practice of the Meal: Food, Families and the Market Place (London/New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2016)

Dr João Afonso Baptista

João Afonso Baptista is a Research Fellow in Anthropology at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal). He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Martin Luther University, Germany. He is particularly interested in the impacts of the unrepresentable in the production of meaning and ‘rationality’. Methodologically, he employs participant observation and, most fundamentally, a performative understanding of the sociomaterial dynamics that he encounters in ‘the field’. This relates to his empirical and theoretical interest for the study of the efficacious powers not limited to the representationalist power of words of material configurations, both human and nonhuman. In the last years, he has conducted fieldwork in Mozambique and Angola on ethical consumption, tourism, political ecology, material culture, and natural food production. Recent publications include The Virtuous Tourist (American Anthropologist) and The Road of Progress (Ethnos).

Dr Angela Meah

Angela Meah is a research fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. With a PhD in Sociology awarded by the University of Manchester in 2001, her research has covered a range of disciplinary areas, including health, social policy and sociological studies. Since her move to Geography in 2009, her research interests have focused on food and domestic practices, adopting a visual ethnographic approach. Angela has worked with consumers on a range of projects funded by the European Research Council (Consumer Culture in an Age of Anxiety), the Food Standards Agency (‘Kitchen Life’) and an ERA-Net SUSFOOD programme exploring the use of convenience foods. Her publications cover a diverse range of issues, including: gender and foodwork, food safety, consumer ethics, food waste and cooking skills. She is particularly interested in exploring meanings of the kitchen which extend beyond foodwork, including understanding it as a barometer of ideological dialectics and social change, as a site of memory, and as central to the emotional topography of the home.

Research Team

Enacting Freshness in the UK & Portuguese Agri-food Sectors