Supervisors: Dr Flora Douglas, Dr Jennie Macdiarmid and Dr Tony Craig
This PhD programme is envisaged as a longitudinal ethnographic study of contemporary household food practices in low, middle and high income households in Scotland. It will focus on identifying common and exceptional domestic food routines and practices, including key factors that underpin food acquisition (e.g. food shopping and growing), and meal preparation decisions and practices. It will also investigate decision making and practices surrounding the distribution of food resources within different household types. Consequently, it is anticipated that this project will support work within the next RESAS Strategic Research Programme 2016–2021 associated with specific research aims and objectives that are concerned with household level food insecurity, food culture and dietary choice.
It is anticipated that the successful applicant will use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods of research inquiry for this study. Given the study aims it is anticipated that the student will use novel qualitative methods such as social media-based approaches, individual blogs, video diaries, Photovoice as well as standard ethnographic approaches including participant and non-participant observation, combined with traditional survey methods. However, the final shape of the methodology will be guided by the emerging research questions.
It is also envisaged that given the variety of households that exist in a geographically and culturally diverse society such as Scotland, the first stage of the study will involve devising a sampling strategy that can capture and adequately represent this diversity.
This project is funded by RESAS (Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health). Full funding is available to UK/EU applicants only.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject.