Sociology of Consumption and Households

At the Sociology of Consumption and Households (SCH) group, we are interested in social inequalities across the life course. We study processes, causes and consequences of social inequalities in (food) consumption, care and health.

Research and projects

Within the Sociology of Consumption and Households group, we aim to understand who is at risk of malnutrition, bad health, and lack of care and how well-being is produced and allocated in households, larger social networks, and within different settings.

More research and projects


Our colleague Chizu Sato co-authored a bookchapter with Yuliya Hilevych titled 'Popular Medical Discourses on Birth Control in the Soviet Union during the Cold War: Shifting Responsibilities and Relational Values.' in the recently published book 'Children by choice?: Changing values, reproduction, and family planning in the 20th century.'
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The book co-edited by our colleague Stefan Wahlen 'Contemporary Collaborative Consumption' has been published. In this book he also published a chapter titled '“Foodsharing”: Reflecting on individualized collective action in a collaborative consumption community organisation'.
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Our colleague Chizu Sato published a chapter titled “Empowering Women: A Symptom of Development?” in this new book “Psychoanalysis and the GlObal”, edited by Ilan Kapoor.
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SCH joins CSPS
Together with the chair group Health and Society we are now members of the Centre for Space, Place and Society. The centre will as of now consist of five chair groups GEO, RSO, SDC, HSO and SCH. We look forward to fruitful discussions and collaborations.
Green teacher award
Our colleague Chizu Sato received the Green Teacher Award today. With this reward Green Office Wageningen honors teaching staff who can distinguish themselves as ‘Green Teachers’.
More information:
Here you can find the booklet with the interview excerpts of all award winners:


Education and courses

The Sociology of Consumption and Households group (SCH) is involved in several education programmes. Read all about our courses, thesis opportunities, programmes and minors.

More education and courses


Sociology of Consumption and Households Seminar:

'Politics, practices and the transformative potential of sustainable diets'

5 March 2018 at 10.30-12.00 hrs in lecture hall C 79 (Leeuwenborch, Hollandseweg 1, Wageningen)

More information under agenda.