Making sense of food risk information: the case of organic food

Marie-Susanne Dieudonnée Hilverda

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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When individuals encounter new information about food issues, such as organic food risks, they have to make sense of this information. Sense-making is the process by which individuals give meaning to the world around them. How the process of sense-making is influenced by the online social environment, and social media interaction in particular, is as yet largely unknown. This dissertation therefore examines the research question: How do individuals make sense of (online) risk information about (organic) food issues? Special focus is placed on the influence of the social environment and on online information exchange. Based on the new opportunities that social media offer to (risk) communication, a distinction in three types of online information exchange is made: information exchange via social networking sites (Facebook), direct online interaction via a chat, and actively sharing encountered information with others via online media such as (micro)blogs. A total of six empirical studies are performed to provide insight in sense-making regarding organic food risks in an online context.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • Giebels, Ellen, Supervisor
  • Kuttschreuter, Margôt, Advisor
Award date23 Feb 2017
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4276-0
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2017


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