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The Third Spanish Conference on the Sociology of Food will take place in Gijón (Asturias) on the 27 and 28 September 2018. The event is part of the activities of the Research Committees (CI) of the Spanish Federation of Sociology (FES), which includes the Sociology of Food Research Committee. This group brings together researchers into food and eating at the intersection of health, culture, consumption, policy, and agricultural systems.

Food habits as a field of research and debate in the social sciences—and in sociology in particular—have been explored in national sociology conferences organized by the FES since 2007. The Research Committee has also had two inter-conference meetings and two specialized scientific seminars which have demonstrated the dynamism of this working group.

On this occasion, we are looking for new approaches to the social problems that affect and will affect the food and eating habits of the future. We aim to continue with investigation into the changes that globalization and the modernization of society are bringing to ways of eating and of food production, into the meaning of food, into dietary and health policies, and into the relationships between agents in the agricultural food system.

The conference will have an international flavour, with presentations in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and is aimed at people from a wide variety of academic backgrounds—such as sociology, anthropology, health sciences, social work, economics, law, political science, and marketing—who may have concerns about the social aspects of food and eating. It further aims to be an international and interdisciplinary meeting point for individual researchers and professionals, for those working on projects in research groups focused on the study of food habits, and for students starting out in the field.



  • Studying the food and eating practices of different classes and social groups.
  • Analysing food insecurity and the effects of the economic crisis on people’s food and eating.
  • Analysing new forms of commercialization/marketing and the role of the food industry in forming habits.
  • Analysing policies for food, consumption, and health, and their interrelations.
  • Examining eating habits and behaviours, and recent changes in these.
  • Observing the relationships between health, food, and associated diseases, particularly obesity.
  • Investigating changes in the agricultural food systems in the countryside.
  • Investigating people’s perceptions and discourses about food and eating.
  • Presenting national and international research initiatives in the field of food, physical activity, and obesity.