Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Senior Sociology Lecturer awarded prestigious British Academy grant for innovative research into child feeding practices

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Dr Irmak Karademir-Hazir, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University has been granted a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. In her own words, she describes how it aids her research.

"This new project will bring a sociological perspective to the study of child-feeding practices, which is a topic of great concern currently for public policy-makers, health professionals and families in the UK. More broadly, my research interests lie at the intersection of sociology of culture, everyday life and social class. I am particularly interested in exploring how tastes and routine practices are structured in the context of varying material and cultural resources.


In this research, I will explore how feeding is understood and food practices are negotiated in families with different resources by actively taking part in their food routines (shopping, cooking, feeding, cleaning) at home and beyond. The design of my project is longitudinal, so through several visits, I will be able to capture how foodwork dynamics change as children grow. The findings will show how routines become established and are shaped by different family situations and other circumstances. They will also inform policy makers and other groups working with families as well as families themselves.

This research project will also make a contribution to our Sociology group’s established expertise in the area of gender, family lives and caring. Dr. Lydia Martens (Keele University) and Prof. Tina Miller (Oxford Brookes University) who have extensive expertise in the subject matter are advisers to this exciting new project.”


More information can be found on her staff page.