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Junior Professor of Food Sociology – Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tina Bartelmeß

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The following list offers a selection of topics in which the supervision of theses is possible with us. Your own suggestions for topics are also welcome, if they fit into the research area and method repertoire of the Junior Professorship of Food Sociology.

If you are interested, please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tina Bartelmeß with a concrete topic proposal. 

Food behavior studies and their theoretical foundationsHide

Many studies are published on the food and nutritional behaviour of different population groups. It is not always clear whether and which theoretical concept or model underlies these studies. We supervise student theses that take a closer look at these studies and use different methods to shed light on how they are structured.

Food and nutritional consciousness and changes in consciousnessHide

In behaviour studies, a subdivision is often made between food and nutritionally conscious and unconscious people. We are interested in the basis on which this distinction is made and what is actually understood by "food and nutritional consciousness" - both from the perspective of the researchers and from the perspective of the population.

Actors and forums of food communicationHide

The topic of food and nutrition is omnipresent in society. Not only experts, but also everyday actors move in the public space with their communication about food and nutrition topics. We are interested in which actors gain interpretative power for which aspects of food and nutrition? On which communication platforms is food and nutrition communicated and how? And what significance does this communication have for the food actions of individuals and specific groups?

Social and cultural food environments Hide

Our dietary behaviour is related to our social and cultural environments. We are interested in how these environments shape our dietary behaviour (e.g., primary and secondary socialization, resocialization) and how changes in these environments affect our dietary behaviour (e.g., migration).

Current social discourses on Food and NutritionHide

Social discourses on food and nutrition can tell us a lot about how aspects of food and nutrition are negotiated, perceived, and understood. Qualitative (e.g., content analysis or discourse analysis) and quantitative (e.g., corpus linguistic) analyses of food-related discourses on TV, newspapers, and magazines as well as on social media platforms offer endless research possibilities. Conducting quantitative online surveys also offers the possibility of collecting data on current issues flexibly and independently.

Interdisciplinary food research Hide

We also supervise theses that interface with other subject areas of Faculty 7 or other university departments.

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