Dietary change through universities: a study on university’s food policy and its effect on students’ sustainable food perspectives in the netherlands

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The current global food system needs to change to be sustainable in the long run, this can be achieved through dietary change. People often intend to eat sustainably, yet factors such as price and taste are often more important, making it difficult to change diets. Institutions like a university can be essential in implementing this dietary change. In the Netherlands, universities are implementing more sustainable food offers, which may cause several challenges. Based on the Radboud University (RU) and the Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen (HAN) and their different food policies, this thesis adds to knowledge about the effect of a university’s (sustainable) food policy on the perspective of students regarding sustainable food consumption, using the Reasoned Action Theory (RAT). The following research question is formulated: How do RU and HAN students’ perspectives on sustainable food consumption align with emerging university food policy initiatives? From the results, it appears that even though both the RU and HAN’s food policy align with students’ perspectives on sustainable food consumption, there is still a mismatch between students’ perspectives and universities’ food policies. On paper, students are willing to consume more sustainable food, but in reality students are held by back practicalities.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen