Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Environmental Governance Seminar Series

Date: 20 April 2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: Room C64, Leeuwenborch building, Hollandseweg 1, Wageningen University

Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will highlight a variety of recent topics in Environmental Governance. Lectures are open to the general public. You are warmly invited to attend the lectures.

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20 April 2017

Title: Theoretical Reflections on the Practice of Eating

Speaker: Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester


This talk presents some arguments from my recent book, The Practice of Eating. First, I review briefly developments in the sociology of food and eating and make some suggestions about how understanding might be improved by the application of theories of practice to the subject matter. This is followed by asking what sort of a scientific object eating might be, and what sort of a practice it is. Then I proceed to examine ways in which the practice is coordinated and organised, the role that habits play in its conduct, and how changes in practice might be explained. Followed by sketching an account of the ways in which established eating patterns might be understood and explained, using concepts of habituation, intermediation and institutionalisation. As illustration, I take cases of the emergence of a widespread taste for foreign or exotic foods in western societies in the late 20th century and the patterns of diffusion of vegetarianism. And, conclude by pointing to changes in provision, intermediation and cultural environment as sources for an explanation of the development of new tastes. .

Past lectures

  • 19 January 2017 - Ir. Jan Paul van Soest (1955), well-known consultant, initiator and thinker/writer in the field of sustainability in the Netherlands: "Climate denial comes to power - climate policies in times of Trump"
  • 10 October 2016 - Yonglong Lu, PhD, FTWAS (Professor and Co-Director), Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences: "Ecological impacts of emerging pollutants and sustainable coastal management"
  • 20 April 2016 - Dr. David Evans from the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester, UK: "Where is ‘the consumer’ in sustainable practices research?"

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