Jonas Bååth is a sociologist who studies the organisation of markets for agri-food industries and develops social theory of and through the social life of food and economy. He works at the Department of People and Society at SLU Alnarp and is moreover affiliated to CIRCLE – Centre for Innovation Research at Lund University. He holds a doctorate in sociology from Uppsala University. His works have been published in outlets such as Journal of Rural Studies, Sustainability Science, and Socio-Economic Review.
Bååth foremost teaches on courses associated with the master's programmes in Agroecology and Food & Landscape, and advise thesis work. He is also a recurring guest lecturer at other universities on topics such as food systems, sustainability, innovation practices, and ethnography.
Bååth's main research interests intersects sociology, political economy, social anthropology, market studies, and agri-food research. He seeks to further the understanding of how societies feed themselves, and especially the role and organisation of markets in food provisioning. His expertise includes social theories of economic and food-related activities and phenomena such as alternative food networks, restaurant work and regulation, pricing practices, and the Swedish meat industry. Further areas of interest are ethnography, qualitative document analysis, the implementation of sociology in interdisciplinary research projects on (un)sustainable food provisioning, and the legalization and organization of intoxication (including but not limited to alcohol and psychedelics).
The main motivation of Bååth's research is to contribute to a more sustainable society by supplying fundamental social research that may help concerned actors to make expedient decisions, especially in cases that involve value conflicts of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, he is passionate about research as a shared human endeavor and the intrinsic value of advancing our understanding of reality.
Follow the food: Waste reducing retail actions – what happens when the food reaches the consumer? Funded by Formas: A Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (2023–26). PI, Nicklas Neuman (Uppsala University).
Getting the pulse to the plate? Overcomming barriers for southern Swedish production of pulses for human consumption. Funded by SLF – Swedish farmers’ foundation for agricultural research (2023–24). PI, Lisa Blix Germundsson.
Holistic assessment of crop diversification on productivity, plant and soil health and socio-economic feasibility – a case study based on an existing long-term field experiment at campus Alnarp. Funded by the LTV Facultuy’s seed money program (2023–24). PI, Raj Chongtham Iman.
Bååth moreover works on smaller projects on topics such as the sociology of market regulation, value conflicts in fine dining, Reko-rings and more.
Alternative food markets: Promoting new modes of food provisioning and consumption. Funded by Formas (2019-22). PI, Christian Fuentes (Lund University).
Production in a State of Abundance: Valuation and Practice in the Swedish Meat Supply Chain. Thesis project, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University.
2022- Assistant Professor. Department of People and Society. SLU.
2019-22. Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Service Studies. Lund University.
2018-19. Senior Lecturer. Department of Pedagogics. Linnaeus University.
2018. PhD. Department of Sociology. Uppsala University.
Publikationer i urval
Journal articles, refereed
Bååth, J. 2023. Towards a unified theory of market prices: turning to pricing in practice. Socio-Economic Review, 21(1): 5–23. Open access.
Bååth, J. and N. Neuman. 2023. Social lens or inherent social phenomenon?: The study of food in Swedish sociology. Current Sociology, 71(6): 945–963. Open access.
Bååth, J. 2022. How alternative foods become affordable: the co-construction of economic value on a direct-to-customer market. Journal of Rural Studies, 94: 63–72. Open access.
Bååth, J. and J. Nilsson. 2022. The art of being governed: the implementation of Covid-19 policies in Swedish on-license alcohol service. Food, Culture & Society. Online first. Open access.
Jack, T., J. Bååth, J. Taneli Heinonen and K. Gram-Hanssen. Forthcoming. Calculating your carbon footprint in the capitalocene: how individuals negotiate agency within systems. Sustainability Science, Accepted/In Press.
Bååth, J. 2018. Production in a State of Abundance: Valuation and Practice in the Swedish Meat Supply Chain. Doctoral thesis. Uppsala: Dept. of Sociology, Uppsala University. Open access.
Book chapters, refereed
Bååth, J. and A. Daoud. 2023. Expanding Social Resource Exchange to Events of Sufficiency and Abundance, pp. 323-356 in Social Behavior as Resource Exchange: Explorations into the Societal Structures of the Mind. A. Kazemi and K. Thörnblom, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bååth, J. and J. Nordgren. 2022. Trip Reports: Exploring the Experience of Psychedelic Intoxication, pp. 328–341 in Routledge Handbook of Intoxicants and Intoxication. G. Hunt, T. Antin, and V. Asmussen Frank, eds. London: Routledge.
Book chapters, research based
Bååth, J. 2022. Avsmakningsmenyn och konstruktionen av kocken som konstnär [The tasting menu and the social construction of the chef as artist], pp. 28–36 in ed. K. Thurfjell, Med konsten till bords – Gastronomisk kalender 2023. Stockholm: Carlssons.
Neuman, N. and J. Bååth. 2018. Genusmönster på svensk måltidslitteratur, eller konsten att döma boken efter omslaget [Gender patterns on Swedish meal literature, or the art of judging a book by its cover], pp. 98–114 in O.S.A. – Gastronomisk kalender 2019. ed. K. Thurfjell, Stockholm: Carlssons.
Book chapters, textbooks
Bååth, J. 2019a. Den osynliga hand som föder oss: mat och måltider i strukturellt perspektiv [The invisible hand that feeds us: food and meals from the perspective of social structures], pp. 53–72 in ed. N. Neuman, Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Bååth, J. 2019b. Livsmedelsproduktion: en global-sociologisk historieskrivning [Food production: a global-sociological history], pp. 271–291 in ed. N. Neuman, Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Neuman, N. and J. Bååth. 2019. Ätandets sociala differentiering [The social differentiation of eating], pp. 227–247 in ed. N. Neuman, Mat och ätande: Sociologiska perspektiv. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Book reviews, academic
Bååth, J. 2023. Michael Carolan, The Sociology of Food and Agriculture. Sociologisk forskning 60(2): 205-207.
Bååth, J. 2021. Why Economic Management Models Do Not Foster Morals. (Review of D. Beunza. 2019. Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room. Princeton University Press.) Symbolic Interaction 44(3): 682–684.
Bååth, J. 2019. Andreas Reckwitz: The Invention of Creativity: Modern Society and the Culture of New. Acta Sociologica 62(1): 112–114.
Bååth, J. 2018. Alan Warde: Consumption: A Sociological Analysis. Acta Sociologica, 61(2): 221–222.
Bååth, J. 2017. Michaela DeSoucey: Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food. Acta Sociologica, 60(3): 285–286.