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During the congress, four plenary sessions will be held.

In the aforementioned sessions, will participate national and international experts from different disciplines (Health Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology and Economics).

In the meetings, current topics affecting the field of food will be discussed.

Some of the issues which will be covered are: food inequality, environmental risks, new and old consumption values, or conflicts around the healthy diet.

See below for the documents the participants and the topics. (More information and Schedules in the program. Available here:


Rosa UrbanosRosa Urbanos Garrido (Economist. Complutense University of Madrid) “Effects of socioeconomic status on obesity: analysis of the Spanish adult population”

Mabel Gracia ArnaizMabel Gracia Arnaiz (Antropologist. Rovira i Virgili University) “Food itineraries in contexts of growing precariousness”


Javier ArancetaJavier Aranceta Bartrina (Doctor/Nutritionist. Spanish Society on Community Nutrition) “Food, health and sustainability: guidelines for a responsible diet”

Adonina TardónAdonina Tardón García (Epidemiologist. University of Oviedo) “Persistent organic compounds and health. The specific case of the food industry”


José Ramón MauleónJosé Ramón Mauleón (Sociologist. Basque Country University) "Reasons for the consumption of organic foods"

Isabel García EspejoIsabel García Espejo (Sociologist. University of Oviedo) “Social relations and food. The case of Spain”


Cecilia Díaz-MéndezCecilia Díaz-Méndez (Sociologist. University of Oviedo) “Conflicts between the various parties involved in the agri-food sector”

Carmen Lozano-Cabedo Carmen Lozano-Cabedo (Anthropologist, UNED)
PHD in Social Anthropology (2009). Degree in Social Anthropology (2002) and Degree in History of Art (2010). University of Seville.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology II (Social Structure), UNED. She is member of the Research Group “Sociology of Food” (Universidad de Oviedo) and “Territory, Culture and Development” (Universidad de Sevilla). She has carried out research visits in the Instituto de Ciencias Agropecuarias y Rurales de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (México), in Departamento de Ciências Sociais Agrárias de la Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brasil) and in the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (Francia).

Her research interests focus on organic agriculture and quality food; food certification and food label schemes; political participation and food movements; rural sociology and territorial governance. Her main publications are: “A Theoretical Model of Food Citizenship for the Analysis of Social Praxis”. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (Lozano-Cabedo & Gómez-Benito, 2017); “Quality labels and institutional density in the agro-food sector: the case of Andalusia (Spain)”. Spanish Journal of Rural Development (López-Moreno, Aguilar-Criado, Lozano-Cabedo, & Pérez-Chueca, 2015); “Representaciones sociales de la agricultura ecológica en Andalucía”. Gazeta de Antropología (Lozano, 2013); “Estrategias e interpretaciones del etiquetado alimentario entre productores y consumidores en España”. Revista Economia Agricola (Lozano, Luque & Moreno, 2012).

The political dimension of food. An analysis of food political participation repertoires Food has become a privileged space to analyze citizens’ new forms of political participation. At present, in this area coexist multiple political actions with different characteristics, degrees of social involvement, civic commitment and presence in the public sphere. From the development of food lifestyles, or specific practices of (non) consumption, and/or provision and/or production of food, to the involvement in a food movement or the signature of online petitions related to food issues. But also the participation in protests –as the anti-OMG demonstrations-, the hacktivism – like the campaign that Anonymus has been developing since 2011 against the Monsanto website-, or the recent performing of violent acts by vegan activists in France.

In this conference, we will analyze different forms of political participation in the food field, what characteristics they present, or which are the actors with the greatest presence in each one of them. We will also identify which are the main dimensions that allow us to elaborate a typology of food political participation repertoires.