Post-Doctoral Fellowship – ‘Snacking’ as Social Practice

University of London

Department of Childhood, Families and Health
Post-Doctoral Fellowship (‘Snacking’ as Social Practice Novella Node)

The appointment is available from 1 March 2014 until 2 October 2014.

Annual salary will be at Grade 7 between £30,728 and £36,661 plus £2,323
London Allowance

This 7 month Post-Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the Institute of Education,
will be linked to ESRC’s National Centre for Research Methods Novella Node
(Narratives of varied everyday lives and linked approaches) that is based at
Thomas Coram Research Unit. The Postdoctoral fellow will be expected to
carry out analysis of existing data as part of the Node project, Families
and Food, to produce at least one sole authored and one co-authored paper in
high quality international journals, and to contribute to writing research
proposals for future food related research in TCRU.

You will focus on the topic of snacking in family life and draw on
historical and contemporary data sources to explore the possibilities and
usefulness of conceptualising snacking as ‘social practice’ (Shove et al.,

Research questions would include: How may snacking be defined for the
purposes of this study? What are the elements – materials, competences and
meanings – which constitute snacking as a performance? Which data are useful
for answering these questions? To which other social practices is snacking
linked and how?  When and where can its emergence be located historically?
What opportunities are afforded for social policy in conceptualising
snacking in this way?

Applicants who have completed a doctorate in sociology, anthropology,
history or other relevant social science are encouraged to apply.
Significant experience of the research area and understanding of theories of
social practice are essential. Experience of conducting ethnographic
research and/or re-use of qualitative or historical data would be an

Reference:               7AC-CLCFH-5389

Closing date:          28 February 2014

To apply online please visit or tel 020 7612 6159

We positively encourage applicants from all sections of under-represented

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Dr Rebecca O’Connell