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Isabelle de Solier

ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Isabelle de Solier is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne who specialises in the study of food and gardening. She is the author of the best-selling book ‘Food and the Self: Consumption, Production and Material Culture’ (Bloomsbury, London and New York, 2013) and co-editor of ‘Food Cultures’ (Cultural Studies Review, 2013). She received an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for her current project ‘Community Gardening: A Nationwide Study’.

Isabelle has researched and published on:

• consumer behaviour and food (including food shopping and dining out)
• food trends (including 'foodies', Slow Food and molecular gastronomy)
• food media (including celebrity chefs, food television, amateur food bloggers, and audience perceptions and uses of food media)
• domestic food practices (including cooking)
• gardening (including community gardening)

She spends her spare time arranging flowers @thedoctorsflowers


  • 2016–present
    ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2013–2016
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Victoria University


    Monash University, BA (Hons)
    The University of Melbourne, PhD


  • 2013
    Food and the Self, Book

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Community Gardening: A Nationwide Study
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council