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Fairley Le Moal

Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology, Flinders University

Dr. Fairley Le Moal is a Researcher in Sociology, working in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Flinders University, and a member of the Centre Max Weber UMR 5283 (France).

Fairley has defended her PhD in Sociology and Anthropology in October 2022, graduating from Flinders University and from the University Lumiere Lyon 2. Her thesis focuses on the work of ‘feeding the family’, in France and in Australia, and she adopted an ethnographic approach, visiting families in their homes for observations.

She investigates the practices and experiences of family mealtimes in middle and upper-class households, looking into food socialisations, family relationships, emotion management and power dynamics. Her results shed light on the work of everyday family mealtimes, and the contradictory imperatives family members face – particularly mothers – when it comes to eating together and maintaining health within the family, which end up reproducing gender inequalities at home.


  • 2023–present
    Post-doctoral research officer, Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • 2019–2022
    Doctoral student, Institut Paul Bocuse Research Centre


  • 2023 
    Flinders University, Ph.D in Philosophy
  • 2022 
    Université Lumière Lyon 2, Ph.D in Sociology
  • 2016 
    Université Lumière Lyon 2, M.A. in Anthropology


  • 2021
    Beyond the Normative Family Meal Promotion: A Narrative Review of Qualitative Results about Ordinary Domestic Commensality., Le Moal, F., Michaud, M., Hartwick-Pflaum, C. A., Middleton, G., Mallon, I., & Coveney, J. (2021). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6), Article 6.
  • 2020
    What can families gain from the family meal? A mixed-papers systematic review., Middleton, G., Golley, R., Patterson, K., Le Moal, F., & Coveney, J. (2020). Appetite, 153, 104725.