ETHOS RESEARCH CONSULTANCY

Food Health & Wellness

My greatest commitment is to coming generations, with children, with my son. I understand that grasping the relationship that humans have with the earth, the place where food -and life- is produced, is the common thread to understand the social, cultural, economic and ecological problems of the present and the future.”

Florencia Alvarado Torres, Founder

Florencia Alvarado Torres is a social and cultural anthropologist, born and raised in Argentina, living now in Spain and holding citizenship of this country. Since 2018, she has been a resident of the United Kingdom. In her professional career, her ethical commitment to cultural and environmental diversity stands out. 

During the last fifteen years she has combined her academic career with work and social responsibility in the fields of childhood, gender, peasantry, human rights, food and health. Her multicultural background and work experience in team management, added to her interdisciplinary academic training, are her distinctive traits as a professional. 

Deep field experience

She graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the National University of Distance Education in Madrid. Her final project to obtain her bachelor’s degree consisted of field research with a gender perspective in the Gran Chaco region of Paraguay, probably one of the most inhospitable and disadvantaged regions in South America. 

 

 

The populations she had the opportunity to meet and study identify with the Maskoy linguistic line (mainly Sanapaná, Angaité, Enxet, and Toba-Maskoy) and the Guaycurú linguistic line of the Toba (Qom) people. Her thesis, entitled

Forms of Reproduction of Gender Inequalities: The Case of a Rural School in the Paraguayan Chaco,

is an exploratory research that makes the state of rural childhood in Paraguay visible from a gender and global perspective. It constitutes a clearly initiatory experience regarding the importance of field investigation in the anthropological discipline.

In addition to representing an extremely rewarding experience due to the cultural and environmental diversity observed there, it was also quite shocking since these sectors of the population showed a state of institutional neglect, namely: illiteracy, child malnutrition and abuse, gender violence, population displacement, and peonage and various forms of slavery. These aspects would guide the course of the following investigations. 

An ethnography in Cornwall

Subsequently, and influenced by her previous experience concerning the importance of health and the necessary transformation of food systems, she continued her university studies at the Rovira I Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain) to obtain a double Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health.

Her final project, or thesis, was also developed in a rural context, this time in the southwest of England: Cornwall. The work was titled

Organic food, Health and Sustainability

An Ethnography of Producers and Consumers in the Southwest of England.

Her research highlights the links between studies of the body and health in medical anthropology, as well as her contributions to the anthropology of food. It is also an invitation to reflect on food as a preventive strategy for a healthier body and, at the same time, a field of action for the empowerment of people.

Back to the roots

In England she came into contact with vegan activism, and in 2020 she started her doctoral studies in Anthropology and Communication; the line of research being medical anthropology and global health, and the field of study, food anthropology. 

This research project turns the spotlight back to South America, this time to her native Argentina, a country claimed to be one of the largest consumers of meat worldwide, as well as one of the biggest exporters of soybeans (for animal consumption).

Her doctoral thesis, The Place of Vegan Food in Argentina.

A Multi-Site Study, seeks to delineate the emergence of new social landscapes and new ways of eating. 

The progress of her research is regularly shared with Anthropology congress and most reciently with The Vegan Society, given that she is a member of its Researcher Network.

Currently, she combines her food passion and her doctoral studies with the strategic direction of Ethos Research Consultancy. 

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