Professor of Food Sociology
Address: Senckenbergstrasse 3, 35390 Giessen
Telefon: +49 641 99 39310
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Stefan Wahlen is professor of Food Sociology at Giessen University. After studying food and household studies at the University of Bonn he completed his Ph.D. in consumer economics at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Subsequently he worked at the chair group for Sociology of Consumption and Households at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). Currenty research focusses on food culture and eating in the sense of doing food, as well as organisational and socio-political dimensions of food. Stefan is coordinator of the European ERA-net project "FOOdIVERSE", which aims to uncover the role of diversity for a more sustainable and resilient food system. He is member of the steering committee of the "Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative" in Europe (SCORAI-Europe) and editor of the newly established journal "Consumption and Society", forthcoming 2022 published by Bristol University Press.
- socio-cultural food research
- food culture and food patterns
- sociology of consumption / food
- consumer and food politics
- social (and food) movements and everyday politics
A complete list of publications can be found on, or
Francesca Forno & Stefan Wahlen (2022) Environmental activism and everyday life. In: M. Grasso & M. Giugni (ed.), Seiten 434-450. New York, Milton Park: Routledge.
Francesca Forno & Stefan Wahlen (2022) Prefiguration in everyday practices: when the mundande becomes political. In: L. Monticelli (ed.)Bristol: Bristol University Press.
Hilje van der Horst, Stefan Wahlen & Mirthe Reimerink (2021) Snacking practices in school: othering and deviance in a health-normative context. Critical Public Health, 31 (5): 595-604.
Marie Plessz & Stefan Wahlen (2020) All practices are shared, but some more than others: Sharedness of social practices and time-use in food consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture.
M Laamanen, S Wahlen, S Lorek (2018) A moral householding perspective on the sharing economy. Journal of Cleaner Production, 202: 1220-1227.
S Wahlen (2018) "Foodsharing": Reflecting on individualized collective action in a collaborative consumption community organisation. In: Contemporary Collaborative Consumption, 57-75.
S Wahlen, S Dubuisson-Quellier (2018) Consumption governance toward more sustainable consumption. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 110 (1), 7-12.
Professor of Food Sociology at the University of Giessen
|2015 - 2019||
Assistant Professor at the chair group for Sociology of Consumption and Households at Wageningen University (NL)
|2012 - 2015||
Lecturer at the chair group for Sociology of Consumption and Households at Wageningen University (NL) (0,4 fte) and education coordinator of the Ph.D. programme in social sciences with around 400 Ph.D. candidates at(0,6 fte) Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
|2007 - 2012||
Ph.D. Research at theof the University of Helsinki (Finland)
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|2001 - 2007||
Graduate degree in Food and Household Studies at the University of Bonn
With exchanges to the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain (2003-2004) and the University of Helsinki, Finland (2006-2007)
Memberships and positions of trust
- Editor of "Consumption and Society" (published with Bristol University Press)
- Member of the steering committe of the "Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative" (SCORAI)
- Fellow at the (SERI)
- Editorial Board Member " "
- Member of
- - German Network for Food Culture
- - Haushalt in Bildung und Forschung