Carja Butijn has a background in Household and Consumer Sciences at Wageningen University. She specialised in the use of materials, including technological devices, food and sanitation services in the household. Her main focus lays on the interaction between a user and a particular material object. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature and uses both social science and natural science methods and insights. In her work she employs a users perspective as well as the practice theory approach. Her research is focussed both on the Global North and the Global South.
- Between 2013 and 2016 Carja coordinated a project funded by Oxfam Brittain on the marketing and governance of basic santiation services in semi-urban Congo. Several articles are still in progress.
- A research on the use of sustainable coffecups has been finalized
- A pilot research on solar cookers in Burkina Faso will be concucted in 2017.
Carja is involved in several courses:
- SCH-23306 Health Issues in Daily Life; a Bèta-Gamma Approach
- FQD-23306 Research Topics on Food and Society, a Gamma-Beta Approach
- YSS-31806 Consumer, Technology and Innovation
- ACT Coach
Carja Butijn is interested in supervising master and bachelor students on any topic relating to the topics mentioned above. In particular she seeks to attract students who wish to focus on:
- Solar cookers
- Producing health and wellbeing in everyday domestic practices
- Innovation and design of consumer technology; a user perspective
- Domestic food practices; in relation to health, waste, and sustainability