Technologies of nature-politics: Expertise and consumer power (completed)

We continue to treat politics as discourse, as ideas, as an exclusively human affair. Is it not time we started exploring the materialities of politics?

About the project

The field of food issues has become a site for the testing out of new forms of political practice and involvement, such as consumer panels, market analysis and the newly established independent Scientific Committee for Food Safety. The project explores how these forms of politics work and what their consequences are. Empirically, the project will focus on two cases. First, we will investigate the turn to consumers in food policy, starting with the Ministry of Agriculture’s consumer panels. Second, we will examine the emergence and practices of the Scientific Committee for Food Safety. 


The cases will reveal how new objects are created and made available to the public and to politics. With them we aim to elucidate the role of power/knowledge and the user/consumer within the politics of sustainable development.


The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council as a part of a program on sustainable development (Rammebetingelser, styringsmuligheter og virkemidler for en bærekraftig utvikling, RAMBU).




Published Sep. 28, 2010 9:42 AM - Last modified Sep. 1, 2015 12:50 PM