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Cecilia Fredriksson.

Cecilia Fredriksson

Professor

Cecilia Fredriksson.

Sensing seaweed settings : Making sense of a mixed-method design for sensory analysis

Author

  • Cecilia Fredriksson
  • Madeleine J├Ânsson
  • Annabell Merkel
  • Eva Nordberg Karlsson
  • Karin Wendin

Summary, in English

The focus of this paper is an interdisciplinary approach towards the consumption of novel seaweed foods. Combining social science, food science, and a chemical and biotechnological perspective, we ask the following questions: How do we gain knowledge about the consumer's approach to new marine products on the market? What kinds of methods are suitable and possible to use? In what way can we combine different kinds of methods and what can we learn from each other? In this paper we argue for a mixed methods approach, while ensuring flexibility and openness to disciplinary processes. Through a pilot study and by sharing empirical experiences, we explore the sensory properties of four different seaweed species, to investigate departure points for designing the larger interdisciplinary study about the consumption of novel seaweed products. Navigating the highly complex, interconnected production and consumption systems of seaweed, the question arises of how to reach a deeper understanding and more closely connect the research processes over the borders of different disciplines. We have taken our starting point in an approach that enabled a framework that encouraged engagement and learning throughout the research process.

Department/s

  • Department of Service Studies
  • Biotechnology

Publishing year

2023

Language

English

Publication/Series

International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science

Volume

33

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Consumer understanding
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Mixed-methods
  • Seaweed
  • Sensory analysis
  • Sustainable food systems

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1878-450X