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Ethel Kautto

I am a registered dietitian and PhD.



Works at

Lärarutbildningshuset, Plan 4, Lärarutbildningshuset Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå


I am a university lecturer, registered dietitian and have a doctorate in philosophy in the field of dietetics. Together with Josefin Brodin, we are representatives for work with the Equal Terms at the Department of food, nutrition and culinary science.


I began my doctoral studies in 2009, funded by a collaboration between dietetics and the Umeå Center for Gender Studies. I defended my dissertation in March 2014. The name of my dissertation: Is it the gluten-free diet that matters the most? Food, gender and celiac disease. The dissertation was about different aspects of how it is to live with a diagnosis of celiac disease. I had a gender perspective; and I also studied how the overall diet was affected when being diagnosed with celiac disease via screening. In my thesis, the nutrient intake in the gluten-free diet was also compared with a normal diet in adolescents of the same age without celiac disease.

Today I am the main supervisor for doctoral student Sofia Rapo who works in a research project that studies the field: Hospital meals, from different perspectives.

Together with Jonas Burén, Anna Sjödin and Agneta Hörnell, I work in a project that explores how individuals perceive what it is like to follow different types of diets.


In the autumn of 2003, I started teaching at the Department of Nutrition. Today I teach both basic and advanced courses given at the Department of Nutrition and Meal Sciences. My teaching is mainly in subjects related to diet and public health, communication, dietary sociology and dietetics. I am also a supervisor and examiner for some degree projects at the department.

It is interesting not only to see food primarily as a source of nourishment and maintenance of the body's functions. What do food and meals mean to us people both from a social context but also related to where we are on the journey of a lifetime? And how does that affect the identity? Another area that interests me is communication about health, food and meals.

Nordic Studies in Education, Cappelen Damm Akademisk 2023, Vol. 43, (3) : 225-240
Einarsson, Sandra; Johansson, Anna; Kautto, Ethel; et al.
History of Retailing and Consumption, Routledge 2022, Vol. 8, (2) : 107-129
Lyon, Phil; Kautto, Ethel
Food, Culture, and Society: an international journal of multidisciplinary research, Routledge 2021, Vol. 24, (3) : 345-367
Lyon, Phil; Kautto, Ethel
Nutrition & Dietetics, Blackwell Publishing 2021, Vol. 78, (5) : 487-495
Rapo, Sofia; Mattson Sydner, Ylva; Kautto, Ethel; et al.
Retailing and Distribution in the 20th Century, Virtual, September 8, 2020
Lyon, Phil; Kautto, Ethel
Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) 2020
Lyon, Phil; Kautto, Ethel
International Journal of Celiac Disease, Science and Education Publishing 2017, Vol. 5, (3) : 115-124
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
International Journal of Celiac Disease, Vol. 4, (4) : 138-145
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, John Wiley & Sons 2014, Vol. 27, (1) : 41-53
Kautto, Ethel; Ivarsson, Anneli; Norström, Fredrik; et al.
Journal of Nutritional Science, Cambridge University Press 2014, Vol. 3, (e2)
Kautto, Ethel; Rydén, Petra; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.
Kautto, Ethel; Olsson, Cecilia; Ivarsson, Anneli; et al.