Teresa's main research interests lie in two areas. The first is in children as consumers, of particular interest is the relationship between advertising and marketing of food. The second area is culture and consumption where her interests lies in examining 'cultures of transition' such as consumption of/in childhood and migrant groups. Related areas of research include the socio-historical analyses of culture and consumption.
Teresa has published articles in Sociology, Consumption Markets and Culture and others. She has presented papers at many international conferences and invited seminars. Her teaching interests lie in consumer behaviour, and marketing communications.
Teresa is the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust (UK) grant for 2011-2012, the International Research Network Grant is titled Discursive Families: Comparison of Magazine advertising in two countries. She is also a member of the University of Sydney Research Ethics Committee.
Teresa is Co-Convenor of the Australian Food, Culture and Society Network and a Partner Investigator of Leverhulme International Research Network Grant Project: Discursive Families.