University of Calgary

Charlene Elliott

  • Professor


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


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

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Her main program of research focuses on the following:

1. Communication and Health. A critical perspective on how issues become framed as health issues, and the implications for identity, policy, etc. Closely related to this is my research on Food Marketing, Policy and Children’s Health (which takes up issues of child- and teen responses to food marketing messages, policy related to food marketing in Canada, obesity and public health). 

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.

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, Charlene. "The complexity of choice: Food promotion and our modern foodscape" Communication in Question: Competing Perspectives on Controversial Issues in Communication Studies, 2nd Edition Ed. Elliott, Charlene Toronto: Thomson-Nelson, 2013. 81-88. Print.

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.


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