Start date: 2016

Date of completion: Em curso

Families and Food in Hard Times

We are living through economically difficult times. In many European countries, food prices have risen faster than household income, posing major challenges for households to feed themselves. This is the reason for the need for research, so that policies are based on the evidence, and on the reality of people’s living conditions.

Through this research project, we learn from the experiences of young people, parents and families, from different places, what they eat at home and abroad, how parents feed their families in these difficult times and what importance food has in Your lives. What difficulties do they have to feed their families and what help do they have? The study is ongoing in Portugal, the United Kingdom and Norway.

In this study, parents with at least one child aged 11-15 years. A smaller group of young people will be interviewed with their parents and social support professionals in each country. The study also includes the secondary statistical analysis of national and European large-scale datasets to obtain a macro perspective on the subjects studied in the project.

The study is managed by the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Institute of Education, University of London. TCRU is an independent investigative unit of any government department, or political party. She participates in several research projects, focusing on feeding families and children. It has an international team, which includes researchers from the National Consumer Institute of Norway and the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon.