Lotte Holm

Professor in Sociology of Food, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen


Lotte Holm is professor of sociology of food at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen. Her research centers on food consumption in various social contexts and with a focus on practices of eating and meal patterns; food, social interaction and social relations; health concerns and body weight management in daily life; institutional meals; trust in food and food systems; sustainability of food practices.


Change and stability in Nordic eating practices – a sociological perspective

How do modern eating patterns develop? Results will be presented from the study Everyday Eating in four Nordic countries, which investigated changes in eating patterns from 1997 to 2012. The aim was to address ideas about eating in modern everyday life: de-traditionalisation, individualisation, informalisation, gastro-anomy, and disruption of family meals.

Representative samples of the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish populations in the two years (N=4823 and 8248) were interviewed about details of one day of eating. The focus was on when, where, with whom and what people ate the day before the interview. We analyzed changes with respect to what is eaten the rhythm of eating, the social contexts and conduct of eating, the gendering of cooking activities and more.

The study highlights trends in modern meal patterns and address current concerns about modern eating, such as the fate of meals, social cohesion, and sustainability of food consumption.