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Exploring the world of food - the perspective of families with children

Project Reference: 05-2019

Status: Ongoing

Commencement Date: October 2019

Project Duration: 12 months


This research project will employ a qualitative approach using multiple creative methods to explore the micro-environmental context through which low-income families make food-related decisions. A rapid review will inform the qualitative study to assess families' perspectives of their food world.

Conventional interviews alone would not unveil parental perceptions of their food environment, therefore creative methods are proposed, including the use of Photovoice, participatory mapping techniques and a “go-along” approach to better understand the micro-environmental context that influences the food that families purchase, prepare and consume at home.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Colette Kelly, NUIG


Dr Harrington, University College Cork 

Prof Woodside, Queen's University Belfast 

Dr McKinley, Queen's University Belfast 




safefood, 2022 Exploring the World of Food (PDF, Opens in a new window)

Peer Reviews:

Ravikumar, D., Spyreli, E., Woodside, J., McKinley, M. & Kelly, C. (2021). Parental perceptions of the food environment and their influence on food decisions among low- income families: a rapid review of qualitative evidence. BMC Public Health 22(1), 1-16.

Spyreli, E., Woodside, J., McKinley, M. & Kelly, C. (2021). A qualitative exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on food decisions of economically disadvantaged families in Northern Ireland. BMC Public Health 21 (1), 1-16.


Video: Exploring the World of Food (External link to YouTube, opens in new window)

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