My research is concerned with the ways in which food becomes intellectual property (IP), and the implications food-as-IP has on our relationship to the food that we eat, gift, share, or waste.

The dissertation examines the local implementation of international trade agreements and investigates the socio-legal conditions of South Korean beef production and consumption. I look at the role of collective trademarks as signs through which protected foodstuff materialises social imaginaries and actualizes place, origin, and authenticity. 


In my research I draw on legal and economic anthropological theory to approach food as property and consumable goods; gift exchange and sociality; place and space making; and – more broadly – the anthropology of intellectual property.


I received my MA in anthropology from Uppsala University (2018) and I have a regional ethnographic interest in South Korea where I have been a visiting student at Yonsei University, Seoul (2013-2014, 2016). I have previously worked as a research assistant in the project The Swedish Patent Database 1746-1975 (Uppsala University 2019-2021).