The New Politics of Food

This project, The New Politics of Food and the Australian Media, is now complete.

Many thanks to those who participated in the research. This project would not have been possible without the 40 or so media producers, food producers, retailers, celebrity chefs and television cooking show contestants who gave up their time to speak to me on and off the record about their experiences of being involved in food media.

Research from this project has shown that, while we often think about changes in contemporary food politics as being consumer-driven (such as the rise of ‘ethical’ eating or an increasing interest in food provenance), these changes are also being shaped by imperatives within both the media and food industries. Across the artisan-conventional spectrum, this is having profound impacts on the terms in which food politics is enacted and understood, on the production of food media texts, and on how food is now produced and marketed.

You can read more about the project’s major findings in my book, Media and Food Industries: The New Politics of Food, and in other publications listed on the Selected Publications page.

In addition to the outputs listed in the most recent Project Update, results of the research have also been presented at the conferences below, and reported in The Mercury and Tas Country.

  • Agrifood XXIII: Agrifood Research Network Conference, Adelaide, December 2016
  • Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Sydney, December 2016
  • ANZCA (Australia and New Zealand Communication Association) annual conference, Sydney, July 2017
  • News Reporting and Emotions, 1100-2017, Adelaide, September 2017