Dr Nick Piper

Dr Nick Piper


My research encompasses concerns from human geography, sociology and cultural studies amongst others. I am mostly interested in the everyday practices and politics that are entangled with food and (food) media engagement.  I am very interested in the role of ‘experts’ in everyday life and in the broad processes of cultural intermediation.

I have worked on a number of funded projects including ‘Consumer Culture in an Age of Anxiety’ (Conanx) funded by the ERC. I worked on the ESRC funded seminar series ‘Food Options, Opinions and Decisions’.


  • Study Abroad Tutor
  • Employability/Year in Industry Tutor

Research interests

My research focuses on the themes of media and food with some more recent focus on film. I have worked on the way audiences engage with contemporary food media and how this can indicate political and social relationships at a range of scales. The following list covers my broad areas of interest:

  • Food and drink (eating and drinking)
  • Food media
  • Domestic (food) practices
  • Audience and television studies
  • Celebrity
  • Social media
  • Film (especially where it relates to food and drink)
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Student education

I currently teach on the MA module ‘Reality TV: Truth or Fiction.’

I have taught a range of undergraduate modules in the past including research methods, geographies of media and visual methods.

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