Changing diets for sustainability

About the project or challenge area

To meet the global challenges posed by climate change and food security will require that people change their diets. This is especially the case in affluent societies such as the UK. This project will examine low meat diets through in-depth qualitative research. It will examine how people seek to change their diets and the challenges they face. Eating is a sociable activity so a core focus of the project will be to research the social contexts of eating occasions (e.g. with friends, family and in places of work or study) and how they constrain or enable dietary change. The study will use the research findings to critically assess behaviour change policies aimed at encouraging healthy and sustainable diets.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to investigate and examine a major societal challenge and gain expertise in behaviour change strategies for sustainable consumption. You will work with a leading scholar in sustainable consumption. This project is ideal for students interested in a career focused on research, policy or strategies for behaviour change and the development of alternative forms of consumption.

About you

You will have had undergraduate training in a social science subject.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised challenge area, which means you should complete Section A + B of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB)

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Dale Southerton Supervisor

Your supervisor for this project will be Dale Southerton, Professor in Sociology of Consumption and Organisation in the School of Management. You can contact him at +44 117 9288811 or email


Your co-supervisor for this project will be David Evans, Professor of Material Culture, Markets and Consumption in the School of Management. You can contact him at +44 117 39 40526 or email

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Food Security theme is a vibrant community of researchers who integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to address the challenge of feeding the growing human population sustainably without devastating our environment. Find out more about the Food Security research theme.

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