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. 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

  2. Permissive flexibility in successful lifelong weight management: A qualitative study among Finnish men and women

    Joki, A., Mäkelä, J. & Fogelholm, M. 1 Sep 2017 In : Appetite. 116, p. 157-163 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Kolme tulevaa

    Mäkelä, J. 12 May 2017 In : PAM-lehti. 2017, 7, p. 5 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

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Latest activities

  1. Esitarkastus

    Mäkelä, J. (Supervisor)
    24 Sep 2017

    Activity: ExaminationPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

  2. Vastaväitös

    Mäkelä, J. (Opponent)
    15 Sep 2017

    Activity: ExaminationOpponent of doctoral dissertation

  3. Ruoka kulttuurin tuotteena

    Mäkelä, J. (Invited speaker)
    13 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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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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