The Centre supports individual and collaborative research on food-related topics undertaken by SOAS staff and students through the establishment of research networks, the hosting of national and international workshops and conferences on food-related issues, and the facilitation of fund raising efforts in support of such initiatives.
The SOAS Food Studies Centre has recently partnered with award-winning international food journal Gastronomica on its distinguished lectures series. The partnership arose out of a mutual commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and the shared goal of bringing exciting research and policy discussions to the wider public. The SOAS Food Studies Centre Distinguished Lecture Series provides a forum for leading scholars, students, journalists, practitioners and members of the public to engage in critical conversations about the nature of food, the interconnectivity of contemporary food systems, the role of food in daily life, emerging trends in food studies, and contemporary food concerns.
Scamorza maker in Scala, Italy with cheeses in his aging cellar. Professor Harry West's research focuses on artisan cheese, the discourse of “terroir,” and the global market niche in “heritage foods.” Photo credit: Professor Harry West.
Details of individual members’ work can be found by clicking on their names on the Members page and then clicking on the “Research” and “Publications” tabs on their profile pages.
The Centre supprts applications to various funding bodies for doctoral and post-doctoral research in areas of interest to one or more Centre members. Interested candidates should contact the Centre Chair.