University of Calgary
UofC Navigation

Charlene Elliott

  • Tier II CRC Food Mktg,
  • Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Education

B.A. (Honours) University of Calgary , M.A. University of Calgary , Ph.D. Carleton University

Research

Dr. Elliott is the CIHR Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health.

Her main program of research focuses on the following:

1. Obesity and public health: Canada's increasing rate of obesity is a significant public health problem, requiring preventative public health solutions. This project has several components. It 1) explores how obesity is framed as a public health problem in Canada 2) assesses food marketing and its relationship to obesity 3) probes the reception of food/media messages and 4) deals with Canada's regulatory environment when it comes to food. Dr. Elliott's current focus is on the marketing of food to children in the supermarket, as well as the way that age and gender influences children's negotiation with food and food messages. This research is aimed at creating Canadian policy recommendations for food/nutrition.

2. Taste and Communication: This project deals broadly with theorizing a communication of taste. From marketing foods to children to to creating connoisseurship, the research seeks to develop a more nuanced understanding of taste, how it functions in society and how it communicates.

3. Intellectual property and sensorial communication: This project deals with the expanding boundaries of intellectual property rights, particularly trademark rights. Of primary focus is the trademarking of sensory marks; the project deals with the communicative and policy implications of codifying colour, shape and scent.   

Dr. Elliott holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Kinesiology. She is Scholar in Residence at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, and is currently heading up an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions funded grant on Food Marketing and Media Literacy in children.

Courses Taught

Communication Studies 717.01 - Communication and Health

Communication Studies 717

Communication Studies 601

Communication Studies 591

Communication Studies 473

Chapters in Books

Elliott, C. (2013). Governing taste: Packaged foods, inscription devices, nutrition and the child. In M. McAllister and E. West (eds.) Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture. pp. 267-282.

Elliott, C. (2013). The complexity of choice: Food promotion and our modern foodscape. In J. Greenberg and C. Elliott (eds.), Communication in Question: Competing Perspectives on Controversial Issues in Communication Studies, 2nd Edition. Nelson. pp. 81-88.

 Elliott, C. (2012). ‘Healthy food looks serious’: How children interpret packaged food products. In A. Strickland (ed.), Annual Editions: Nutrition 11/12, 23rd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 7-17.

 Elliott, C. (2010). Blue Froot Loops, giggling Dough-Boys and the smell of beer: Why the senses matter. In L. Shade (ed.), Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication, 3rd edition. Ontario: Nelson.

Elliott, C. (2009). Kid-Visible: Childhood obesity, body surveillance and the techniques of care. In S. Heir and J. Greenberg (eds.), Surveillance: Power, Problems, and Politics. UBC Press. 

Elliott, C. (2008). The strange, the bizarre and the edible: Artificiality and fun in the world of children's food. In J. Greenberg and C. Elliott (eds.), Communication in Question: Competing Perspectives on Controversial Issues in Communication Studies. Thomson-Nelson. pp. 81-88.

Elliott, C. (2008). Consuming the other: Packaged representations of foreignness in President's Choice. In K. LeBesco and P. Naccarato (eds.), Edible Ideologies. Albany: SUNY Press. pp. 179-198.

Elliott, C. (2006).  Sipping Starbucks: (Re)considering communicative media. In P. Attallah and L. Shade (eds.), Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication, 2nd edition. Ontario: Nelson. pp. 62-76.

Elliott, C. (2002). Sipping Starbucks: (Re)considering communicative media. In P. Attallah and L. Shade (eds.), Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication, Ontario: Nelson. pp. 107-119.

Publications

Journal Article

Powered by UNITIS. More features.