Submit Articles on Food Health to Catalan Journal

Deadline: 31 January 2013
Open to: writers and researchers interested in new forms of communication and food for health benefits
Benefits: publication in a respected peer-reviewed scientific journal


The Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies announces it is currently seeking articles for its special issue 5.2 (Fall 2013). For this issue CJCS welcomes articles from a media and communication studies perspective on food for health benefits exploring the links between institutions, companies, new and traditional media and health choices by consumers.

Nowadays communication has become a central issue in food health policies. There is growing concern among food-related institutions, at all levels from the local to the transnational, about how best to communicate the benefits of better food practices and healthy diets that can reduce food-related illnesses and health-care costs. Social and cultural influences frame food and health issues in terms of diet, education, and consumption decisions. Innovative interdisciplinary approaches are needed to better understand how new media environments and social networks interact in the negotiation of meanings surrounding food communication policies and practices.

The development of new food technologies offers huge potential to improve the overall health of populations, general well-being and consumer confidence. Agriculture and the food industry are becoming increasingly strategic in all national contexts and food communication practices can have a significant effect on both companies and consumers.

Guest Editors for the issue are Jordi Farré (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Julie Barnett (Brunel University)

Dr Jordi Farré is Senior Lecturer, Head of the Department of Communication Studies at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, and Director of the Repsol/URV Chair for Excellence in Communication. His research fields are related to the study of risk communication processes and practices, with special emphasis on the communicative turn on risk governance and perception. He is the author of several books and articles, among them Teoría de la comunicación de riesgo (co-authored with Juan Luis Gonzalo). He has led several research projects and is currently participating in the FP7 of the European Union in a project on food risk/benefit and communication.

Professor Julie Barnett is a social psychologist with particular interest in and expertise around public appreciations of risk, risk communication, processes of public engagement and evidence based policy making. She is currently a Reader in Healthcare Research at Brunel University and is a co-investigator on the Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH). Over the last five years she has been Principal or Co-Investigator for a range of largely interdisciplinary projects funded by UK Research Councils, FP7, Government, and Charities. On-going work is exploring the communication of food risks and benefits, the value of social media, and challenges for people with allergies around food choice, labelling and use of auto-injectors.


CJCS welcomes research from writers on media discourses about food, social marketing and educational campaigns, labelling systems and product advertising, corporate and public agency strategies, construction of the meanings of food and health policies, the need for food-related information and consumer information processing, and the acceptance of both new health food products (functional, genetically modified products, novel food) and alternative food networks (local, organic, slow food).

Young researchers and doctoral students are especially encouraged to submit articles.

Articles must be based on original research or offer well grounded theoretical contributions, they must be written in a clear and concise style in English and they must not be under consideration by any other publication.

Please see the website HERE for more information about submission and eligibility guidelines.


Full articles for proposed contributions should be sent to [email protected] by 31 January 2013.

The journal plans to include articles of around 6,000-7,000 words, plus short research notes and reports of around 2,000-3,000 words for the Viewpoint section.

Acceptance of papers will be confirmed by 30 March 2013. All contributions will be subjected to anonymous peer review.

For questions or further inquiries, please contact the organizers at [email protected]

For more details about the journal and its previous issues, please visit the official website HERE.guidelines please visit their official website HERE.

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