Johanna Mäkelä


Description of research and teaching

D.Soc.Sc. Johanna Mäkelä is the Professor of Food culture at the University of Helsinki. At the moment, she is the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Her field of expertise lies in sociology and food and consumer studies with a focus on social and cultural aspects of eating. Mäkelä has been particularly interested in meal studies and styles and practices of eating. In her research she has used both quantitative and qualitative methods and data.

Mäkelä has worked in research projects that explored e.g. future food consumption, responsibility of the food chain, consumers’ food classifications and practices in everyday life contexts, Nordic eating habits, and fat wars. 


Latest publications

  1. Informal learning and food sense in home cooking

    Janhonen, K., Torkkeli, K. & Mäkelä, J., 1 Nov 2018, In : Appetite. 130, p. 190-198 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Food, Nutrition, and Health in Finland

    Mäkelä, J. & Rautavirta, K., 18 Sep 2018, Nutritional and Health Aspects of Food in Nordic Countries. Andersen, V., Bar, E. & Wirtanen, G. (eds.). London: Academic Press, p. 127-143 16 p. (Elsevier Traditional and Ethnic Food Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  3. E-pub ahead of print

    Elements of practice in the analysis of auto-ethnographical cooking videos

    Torkkeli, K. L., Mäkelä, M. J. & Niva, M. H., 15 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Consumer Culture.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Philosophy and Food

    Michiru Nagatsu (Chair), Teemu Mauno Matias Toppinen (Speaker: Presenter), Johanna Mäkelä (Speaker: Presenter), Susanne Uusitalo (Speaker: Presenter), Helena Siipi (Speaker: Presenter), Saana Jukola (Speaker: Presenter)
    2 May 20184 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Esitarkastus

    Johanna Mäkelä (Supervisor)
    24 Sep 2017

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  3. Vastaväitös

    Johanna Mäkelä (Opponent)
    15 Sep 2017

    Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

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Latest projects

  1. ­Food in Nordic Everyday Life: A comparative survey of change and stability in eating patterns

    Holm, L., Mäkelä, J., Gronow, J., Niva, M., Bøker Lund, T., Kjaernes, U. & Pipping Ekström, M.


    Project: Research project

  2. Fatty foods and fat bodies: Diversification of ideals and practices in healthy eating

    Jallinoja, P., Niva, M., Mäkelä, J., Jauho, M., Kahma, N., Harjunen, H., Aho, T. & Helakorpi, S.


    Project: Research project

  3. Tutkimusryhmä: Food, culture and learning

    Palojoki, P., Janhonen-Abruquah, H., Janhonen, K., Mäkelä, J., Lehtomäki, E., Taar, J., Tuomi-Gröhn, T., Samppala, M., Posti-Ahokas, H., Malin, A., Soljanto, H., Åbacka, G., Vanhanen, J., Paas, K. & Rautavirta, K.

    01/01/2010 → …

    Project: Research project

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