Dr Nick Piper
Lecturer in Sociology
My research encompasses concerns from human geography, sociology and cultural studies amongst others. I am mostly interested in the everyday practices and politics that are entangled with food and (food) media engagement. I am very interested in the role of ‘experts’ in everyday life and in the broad processes of cultural intermediation.
I have worked on a number of funded projects including ‘Consumer Culture in an Age of Anxiety’ (Conanx) funded by the ERC. I worked on the ESRC funded seminar series ‘Food Options, Opinions and Decisions’.
My research focuses on the themes of media and food with some more recent focus on film. I have worked on the way audiences engage with contemporary food media and how this can indicate political and social relationships at a range of scales. The following list covers my broad areas of interest:
- Food and drink (eating and drinking)
- Food media
- Domestic (food) practices
- Audience and television studies
- Social media
- Film (especially where it relates to food and drink)
I currently teach on the MA module ‘Reality TV: Truth or Fiction.’
I have taught a range of undergraduate modules in the past including research methods, geographies of media and visual methods.
I would be happy to supervise students with an interest in the areas mentioned above. I am also happy to consider other topics if there is a good basis for a match.
Piper, N. (2015). Jamie Oliver as a cultural intermediary. Food, Culture and Society. 18, 2, 245-264.
Piper, N. (2013) Audiencing Jamie Oliver: embarrassment, voyeurism and reflexive positioning. Geoforum, 45, 346-355.
Jackson, P; Watson, M; Piper, N (2012). Locating Anxiety in the Social: The Cultural Mediation of Food Fears. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16, 24-42.
Piper, N. Celebrity Chefs in Jackson P (2013), (eds) Food Words. Oxford: Bloomsbury
Piper, N. Drinking in Jackson P (2013), (eds) Food Words. Oxford: Bloomsbury