Culture, Health, Environment, Food and Society Research Cluster

image of the CHEFS logo (Culture, Health, Environment, Food and Society research cluster)

CHEFS is an inclusive, interdisciplinary and collaborative research cluster focused on the socio-cultural dimensions of food and drink.

Based at Sheffield Hallam University, the group brings together academics, food/drink practitioners and interested members of the public. Our research is rooted in the real world, addressing the socio-cultural dimensions of food and drink through academic publications, consultancy, public engagement activities and research-led teaching in three broad areas:

Culture, Health, Environment, Food and Society (CHEFS) 
CHEFS lead: Jennifer Smith Maguire
Research areas include:
• Storytelling, discourse and ritual
• Urban and regional development
• Inequalities, social justice and sustainability
• Institutional settings

Surplus Waste and Excess Food in Society (SWEFS)
SWEFS lead: Dianne Dean
Research areas include:
• Attitudes towards food waste
• Cost and management of food waste
• Social, political and economic impacts of overconsumption and food waste

Sheffield Hallam Appetite Research (SHARe) 
SHARe lead: Jenny Paxman
Research areas include:
• Appetite regulation and modulation
• Eating behaviour
• Hedonics, food and feeding
• Obesity and weight management
• Sensory analysis

Our aims:

  • To create a cross-university, interdisciplinary and academic-practitioner network with the common goal of celebrating, facilitating, perpetuating and disseminating research activity in relation to the socio-cultural dimensions of food and food practices.
  • To generate compelling evidence of the social and economic impacts of food/drink behaviours, practices, norms, values, organisations and regulations.
  • To foster a vibrant, inclusive and creative research environment for academic staff and students. We welcome colleagues from any discipline, with teaching or research responsibilities, and from any career stage, including doctoral students.

CHEFS, SWEFS and SHARe have been supported through the Sheffield Hallam University Creating Knowledge Implementation Plan.