Communication and food for health benefits: extended cfp


Communication and food for health benefits. Negotiating meanings in networked times

Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies – Special Issue 5.2 (Fall 2013)

Nowadays communication has become a central issue in food health policies. There is growing concern among food-related institutions, at all levels from the local to the transnational, about how best to communicate the benefits of better food practices and healthy diets that can reduce food-related illnesses and health-care costs. Social and cultural influences frame food and health issues in terms of diet, education, and consumption decisions. Innovative interdisciplinary approaches are needed to better understand how new media environments and social networks interact in the negotiation of meanings surrounding food communication policies and practices.

The development of new food technologies offers huge potential to improve the overall health of populations, general well-being and consumer confidence. Agriculture and the food industry are becoming increasingly strategic in all national contexts and food communication practices can have a significant effect on both companies and consumers. For this issue CJCS welcomes articles from a media and communication studies perspective on food for health benefits exploring the links between institutions, companies, new and traditional media and health choices by consumers.

We welcome research on media discourses about food, social marketing and educational campaigns, labelling systems and product advertising, corporate and public agency strategies, construction of the meanings of food and health policies, the need for food-related information and consumer information processing, and the acceptance of both new health food products (functional, genetically modified products, novel food) and alternative food networks (local, organic, slow food).

The journal plans to include articles of around 6-7000 words, plus short research notes and reports of around 2-3000 words for the Viewpoint section. All contributions will be subjected to anonymous peer review.

Full articles for proposed contributions should be sent to


Guest Editors for the issue are Jordi Farré (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Julie Barnett (Brunel University)

Dr Jordi Farré is Senior Lecturer, Head of the Department of Communication Studies at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, and Director of the Repsol/URV Chair for Excellence in Communication. His research fields are related to the study of risk communication processes and practices, with special emphasis on the communicative turn on risk governance and perception. He is the author of several books and articles, among them Teoría de la comunicación de riesgo (co-authored with Juan Luis Gonzalo). He has led several research projects and is currently participating in the FP7 of the European Union in a project on food risk/benefit and communication.

Prof Julie Barnett is a social psychologist with particular interest in and expertise around public appreciations of risk, risk communication, processes of public engagement and evidence based policy making. She is currently a Reader in Healthcare Research at Brunel University and is a co-investigator on the Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH). Over the last five years she has been Principal or Co-Investigator for a range of largely interdisciplinary projects funded by UK Research Councils, FP7, Government, and Charities. On-going work is exploring the communication of food risks and benefits, the value of social media, and challenges for people with allergies around food choice, labelling and use of auto-injectors.

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For more information on previous special issues please visit:

Volume 4 / Issue 2

Special Issue: “Gender relations in the media. Conflicting pictures and new representational practices”. Guest Edited by Sofie Van Bauwel (Ghent University) and Iolanda Tortajada (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Volume 3 / Issue 2

Special Issue: ‘Tourism & communication: place brands, identities and new trends”. Guest Edited by Nigel Morgan (The University of Wales Institute Cardiff) and Assumpció Huertas (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Volume 2/ Issue 2

Special Issue: ‘The communicative turn in risk communication: Theory and practice”. Guest Edited by Tom Horlick-Jones (Cardiff School of Social Sciences) and Jordi Farré (Universitat Rovira i Virgili).

Some of the authors publishing in the Catalan Journal of Communication
and Cultural Studies are Philip Schlesinger (University of Glasgow);
Peter Lynch (University of Stirling); Tom Horlick Jones (Cardiff
School of Social Sciences); David Altheide (University of Arizona);
Graham Murdock (Loughborough University); Ortwin Renn (Stuttgart
University); Stijn Joye (Ghent University); William Kinsella (North
Carolina State University); Nigel Morgan (The University of Wales
Institute Cardiff); Sofie Van Bauwel (Ghent University); or Víctor
Sampedro (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos), just to mention some of them.


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