Re-imagining the ‘social’ in the nutrition sciences

Schubert, Lisa, Gallegos, Danielle, Foley, Wendy and Harrison, Claire (2012) Re-imagining the ‘social’ in the nutrition sciences. Public Health Nutrition, 15 2: 352-359. doi:10.1017/S1368980011001297

Author Schubert, Lisa
Gallegos, Danielle
Foley, Wendy
Harrison, Claire
Title Re-imagining the ‘social’ in the nutrition sciences
Journal name Public Health Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1475-2727
Publication date 2012-02
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1368980011001297
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 352
End page 359
Total pages 8
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In response to The New Nutrition Science Project’s Giessen Declaration, we provide here a case for a more fully described and integrated ‘social’ dimension within the nutrition sciences.

This paper explores what we mean when we argue for socially engaged nutrition sciences (SENS), and describes the disciplinary fields, epistemologies and methodologies that contribute to SENS’ potential rich diversity and value. Additionally, the current positioning of ‘social nutrition’ research within the nutrition sciences is critiqued.


There is fairly broad acceptance of the ‘social’ as an important contributor to successful public health nutrition situation analyses, intervention planning and implementation. However, we assert that the ‘social’ is not merely a contributor, the usual position, but is central. Implications for policy and practice that could follow from this shift in approach are outlined.

We call for researchers, educators, policy makers and practitioners alike to re-imagine the role and purpose of social science enquiry that could enable the delivery of more socially engaged nutrition sciences.
Keyword Social nutrition
General theory of nutrition
Social reality
Social science enquiry in nutrition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: June 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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