International Research Collective

 Food Culture Health

Exploring the intersections between food and health within a cultural context.

Our International Research Collective employs a specific methodological, evidence-based research approach. We formulate, test and evaluate social eating concepts and translate these into policy, programs, services and products.




We encourage people to prepare and share food. This simple act connects people; families, friends, colleagues, and communities. Eating together creates, nurtures and sustains important relationships. Our research shows that by sharing a meal the economic, health and social costs of lonely people, busy families and disconnected communities are alleviated. The impact is huge.


We work with government departments and agencies and the not for profit sector. We also work with local and international food organisations and businesses.  Our clients value the provision of evidenced-based outcomes for public policy formation, product and service delivery.



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