Is the dining room a victim of the loneliness crisis?
31 Aug 2021
Is the dining room a victim of the loneliness crisis?

Eating together is a central facet of human social behavior, but the pandemic has kept many Americans apart at mealtimes. With eating spaces at home being repurposed as offices and classrooms, is this the end of the dining room? Or will people start to entertain again as the world opens up?

Dr. Alice Julier

Dr. Alice Julier is an associate professor and food studies director at Chatham University’s Center for Regional Agriculture Food and Transformation. She is also the author of Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality.

Jessica Latham

Jessica Latham is the CEO and co-founder of Social Studies.

Louis Tozer

Louis Tozer is a senior behavioural analyst on the social sciences team at Canvas8. Trained as a social historian, he has a background in qualitative research, and after an early career spent at the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade, he made the crossover into cultural insights. Outside of Canvas8, he can be found down the swimming pool, fixing his bike, or complaining to his friends.

Emma Sheppard

Emma Sheppard is a journalist specialising in business, technology, family and social affairs. As well as Canvas8, her work has appeared in The Guardian, Wired, BBC Worldwide, The Independent and more.