Purposes and Scope


The Australian Food, Society and Culture Network is an umbrella research network. Its main purposes are:

  1. To serve as a network and forum that facilitates research exchange, collaboration and synergy between researchers in Australia interested in the social and cultural aspects of food and eating across a range of disciplines.
  2. To foster international links with similar networks in other countries for research exchange and sharing.
  3. To draw from national and international expertise of the Network’s members to inform local and global food policy and practice.
  4. To this purpose, the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of the network will be reflected in several thematic groups representing our current membership's research interests. They are as follows:

    1. Food and Socioeconomic Disadvantage
    2. Families, Relationships and Food
    3. Gender, the Body and Food
    4. Food and Ethics
    5. Methodologies in Food Research
    6. Food Production and Supply Chains
    7. Food Policy, Politics and Governance
    8. Social Histories of Food
    9. Mass Media, Commodity Culture and Food
    10. Food and Consumption
    11. Food and Sensory Experience
    12. Food and Health
    13. Time in Culinary Culture
    14. Food, Race and Class
    15. Indigenous Foodways

    The thematic groups may meet individually, but the AFSCN organises a meeting once a year in an annual workshop where all the thematic groups can come together to present research and exchange ideas.

    View information on upcoming AFSCN events