Rebecca O'Connell

Rebecca O'Connell

Core Researcher
Principal Investigator of Families and Food

Rebecca is a Senior Research Officer in the Thomas Coram Research Unit. Her background is in Social Anthropology and her principal research interests lie at the intersection of care and work, with a particular focus on children's and families' food practices at home and across contexts. She has an interest in mixed and visual methods.

Rebecca is currently Principal Investigator of a European Research Council (Starting Grants 2013) funded study of Families and Food Poverty in three European countries in an age of Austerity (2014-2019):

Recent research in addition to Novella includes two mixed methods ESRC & Food Standards Agency funded studies: 'Taking a Long View in Understanding Children and Young People's Diets' (2011-14) and 'Food Practices and Employed Families with Younger Children' (2009-11) . A book about this work, co-authored with Julia Brannen, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

Rebecca is a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the Association of Social Anthropologists and co-convenor of the BSA Food Study Group.

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