The Research Team.

Professor Peter Jackson

Image of Peter JacksonProfessor Peter Jackson is based in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield in the UK. 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 UK’s 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 and Innovation for the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield (2004-7, 2011). He currently serves as Chair of the Food Standards Agency’s Social Science Research Committee and is a member of ESRC’s expert group on Energy, Environment and Food Security, having also served on the ‘synthesis group’ of DEFRA’s Green Food Project.

Professor Helene Brembeck

Image of Helene BrembeckProfessor Helene Brembeck is co-Director of the Centre for Consumer Science (CFK) at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She has held several large research grants within the fields of food, eating, motherhood and the family, including projects on ‘The multidimensional consumer’ (2004-7) and ‘Sustainable eating, children’s way’ (2008-12), both with funding from the Swedish Research Council (Formas). She coordinated the Nordic research network NordBarn about Nordic conceptions of childhood (2000-4) and was the Swedish partner in a number of Nordic research collaborations (NordForsk, Nordic Innovation Centre, Norwegian Research Council). She has also been the Swedish partner in several large international research projects (including the ERC-CONANX project and a previous ERA-Net consortium).

Professor Bente Halkier

Image of Bente HalkierProfessor Bente Halkier is based in the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies (CBIT) at Roskilde University in Denmark. She has held a number of research grants on food consumption, including a European Commission-funded comparative project, ‘Consumer Trust in Food’ (2002-5), a European Social Fund and European Fund for Regional Development co-funded project (‘Green Regional Food Experiences’, 2011-14) and a number of national Danish and Nordic research projects on food consumption and issues of environment and health. She served as co-chair (2007-11) of the Sociology of Consumption Research Network under the European Sociological Association. She is currently director of the research group ‘Centre for Power, Media and Communication’, a strategic research area at Roskilde University.

Dr Jonathan Everts

Image of Jonathan EvertsDr Jonathan Everts is based in the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn in Germany. In 2010, he was awarded a DFG grant to pursue his Habilitation research on the subject of social anxieties in relation to disease epidemics, especially the H1N1 pandemic of 2009-10. In 2008-9, Everts held a UK ESRC postdoctoral fellowship and was based at the University of Sheffield. He received his PhD from the University of Freiburg, completing his thesis in 2008 on the subject of minority food retailers and the practices of food shopping. In 2006, Everts was awarded a DAAD researcher grant which enabled him to visit the ‘Changing Families, Changing Food’ project in Sheffield.

Research Associates

Dr Maria Fuentes

Image of Maria FuentesDr Maria Fuentes is based at the Centre for Consumer Science (CFK) at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. As a member of the ERC-CONANX project she conducted a study of consumer anxiety and risk construction in a 2009 ‘food scare’ concerning animal abuse among Swedish meat producers. In 2011, the Center for Retailing at the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg awarded her a post-doc scholarship for the project ‘Retailing risk’ dealing with risk communication and retail marketing of meat. In 2012, The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council awarded her a post-doc scholarship on the subject of retailers’ marketing of dietary and ‘free from’ foods. Maria holds a PhD in Marketing from Gothenburg University and specializes in consumer culture. She completed her thesis in 2011 on the subject of consumers' dwelling practices, home making and related consumption. She is a Research Associate in WP: Processed baby food and everyday feeding practice.

Dr Valerie Viehoff

imageValerie Viehoff is a research associate at the University of Bonn, Germany. She studied Geography in Mainz (Germany) and Dijon (France) and completed her PhD at University College London (UK) on urban water supply systems, hygiene and modernity. Before joining the FOCAS project, she worked as a lecturer in the Geography Department at the University of Cologne and as a research fellow at the University of East London.
Her recent research has focused on urban regeneration and sustainable development, with projects on (1) possible political interventions in a world marked by the economic and political trends of neo-liberalism and post-democracy and the development of sustainable alternatives, such as community gardens and (2) on the urban legacies of mega-events and the festivalisation of urban policy and planning. In 2013 Dr Valerie Viehoff received a Research Grant from the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) for a comparative study of the legacy concepts of the Olympic Games in Munich 1972 and London 2012. She competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Dr Valerie Viehoff works on WP2, examining the sustainability and health implications of supermarket ‘ready meals’ in the UK and Germany.

Dr Angela Meah

imageDr Angela Meah is a research fellow based 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 on a range of projects funded by the ERC (CONANX), the Food Standards Agency (‘Kitchen Life’) and – currently - the ERA-Net SUSFOOD programme (FOCAS). 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 reconceptualising it as a site of memory, and as central to the emotional topography of the home.

PhD students

Frej Daniel Hertz

Image of Frej Daniel HertzFrej Daniel Hertz holds a degree in communication studies and has experience as a research assistant from the Danish study, “Easy eating?” on young consumers and convenience food under the larger project “Green Regional Food Experiences”, co-funded by the European Social Fund and the European Fund for Regional Development. He is a PhD student on WP4 (food box-schemes in Denmark).

Christine Wenzl


Christine Wenzl studied Geography at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), Guadalajara (Mexico) and Santander (S

pain). Epistemologically grounded in theories of social practices, she conducted qualitative research on migration from Mexico to Bavaria. She works on WP3, focusing on workplace food geographies.


Student Assistant

Benoit Livrozet

BenoitBenoit Livrozet (B.Sc.) is a graduate student in Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. He is focusing on Development Geography with a particular interest in rural and agricultural developments in East Africa. Benoit works on WP3 and is helping Jonthan Everts and Christine Wenzl.