Agenda of the Sociology of Consumption and Households Group

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)

Time:     10.30-12.00

Place:    Room C 79, Leeuwenborch

10.30 – 10.45 “Introduction: The politics of sustainable eating” - Dr. Stefan Wahlen, Sociology of Consumption and Households

10.45 -11.15 “REKO food rings, the sustainability promise of a novel type of alternative food network” - Dr. Mikko Jauho, Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki

11.15-11.45 “Reconstructing the borders between edible and inedible: Insect economy as an arena of development” - Dr. Mari Niva, Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki

11.45-12.00 Closing remarks

Short abstracts presentations:

“REKO food rings, the sustainability promise of a novel type of alternative food network” - Dr. Mikko Jauho

Mikko will present the case of REKO, a novel type of food network popular in Finland. He discusses its characteristics in the light of the alternative food networks -framework and outlines the research approach to the phenomenon with some preliminary results.

"Reconstructing the borders between edible and inedible: Insect economy as an arena of development" - Dr. Mari Niva

Mari will talk about the border of (in-)edibility from two perspectives: first, how the actors in insect economy construct and negotiate novel meanings to insects as food and how they promote insects as novel products in order to establish insect eating (in Finland), and second, whether consumers at this moment are ready to adopt insects as part of their diets and on what terms.

Dr. Mari Niva (currently at Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki) and Dr. Mikko Jauho (Consumer Society Research Centre at the University of Helsinki) will visit the “Sociology of Consumption and Households” Group in frame of the project on “Politics, practices and the transformative potential of sustainable diets” (POPRASUS, http://sustainablediets.fi/en/). The objective of the project is to produce new knowledge on the mechanisms of change both in sustainability governance and in consumer practices. Mari’s and Mikko’s work is related to a subproject of POPRASUS entitled “Consumers as citizens? Looking at forerunner groups in environmentally sustainable food consumption”. The subproject focuses on the alternative patterns of eating and ecological forms of food provisioning that have gained growing interest, such as vegetarianism and veganism, community-based food networks, and insect eating. The sub-study analyses the ways in which emerging sustainable food consumption practices are promoted, adopted and rooted in everyday life. Adopting ideas from innovation and technology studies, theories of practice, and debates on political consumption, we assess the transformative potential of groups aspiring to sustainable food consumption. The results contribute to the emerging scientific and societal debate on how sustainable diet is defined and what are its barriers in everyday consumption, among different consumer groups and in institutional settings.