Food routines and energy policy

food routines

Understanding energy-intensive food routines, and identifying opportunities for intervention.

A new paper entitled ‘Food related routines and energy policy: A focus group study examining potential for change in the United Kingdom’ (published in Energy Research and Social Science) from researchers at the University of Manchester part of CSEF (Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Supply Chains), builds on an interdisciplinary paper by Hoolohan et al. (2016), using focus group data to examine the routines of people in different work-life situations.

By identifying spaces of dissatisfaction with present routines, the study examines how everyday life entrenches energy-intensive routines. The findings emphasise the role of social and temporal commitments in shaping food routines, and show how the different modes of provision, meals and methods of cooking used to navigate these commitments influence what is purchased and eaten.

The following discussions explore how interventions might support individual experimentation with alternative shopping, cooking and eating practices, and in so doing benefit energy demand management.


Read the full paper in journal of Energy Research and Social Science 

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