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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. 


  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 5141 Sociology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1996 2018

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

Open Access

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

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

Open Access
Open Access

Ruuan yltäkylläisyys ja rajat - sosiologisia havaintoja Suomesta

Jallinoja, P., Mäkelä, J. & Niva, M., 2018, In : Duodecim. 134, 15, p. 1501-1507 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2010 2015

Food in Nordic Everyday Life

Mäkelä, J.

01/08/2011 → …

Project: Research project

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

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

­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

Activities 2009 2018

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


Johanna Mäkelä (Opponent)
15 Sep 2017

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation


Johanna Mäkelä (Supervisor)
24 Sep 2017

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Ruoka kulttuurin tuotteena

Johanna Mäkelä (Invited speaker)
13 Jul 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Johanna Mäkelä (Attendee)
10 Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Press / Media

Esiintyminen radiossa: Ajantasan Suora Linja, Yle Radio Suomi 25.9.2017

Johanna Mäkelä


1 item of media coverage

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Esiintyminen tv-ohjelmassa Makumuistoja, MTV3, 6.9.2017

Johanna Mäkelä


1 item of media coverage

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Suomalainen syö jouluna suomalaista

Johanna Mäkelä


1 media contribution

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Radiohaastattelu, Svenska Yle/Carina Bruun

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Ylen aamu-tv

Johanna Mäkelä


1 media contribution

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