Dr Andrea Tonner

Senior Lecturer



Personal statement

I joined the University in 2008 after many years as a marketing practitioner in the fast moving consumer goods and energy markets and I am currently a lecturer in marketing.

My teaching concentrates on consumer behaviour, brand management and marketing communications and I endeavour to make strong links between these key tenets of marketing theory and their applications in marketing practice.

My research is focused within consumer culture theory where I have explored issues of identity and sociality within different contexts but I have an enduring interest in food and motherhood.  Reflecting this interest I am currently co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Food Studies Group.

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Area of Expertise

  • Consumer Culture Theory
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Food Culture
  • Marketing Communications
  • Brand Management

Prize And Awards

ESRC 3+ Studentship

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My undergraduate degree is in Scots Law at the University of Strathclyde ( LLB Hons Scots Law). On graduation I began my career in marketing within Blue Chip FMCG and service organisations. While still a marketing practitioner I completed my MBA part-time at Heriot Watt University before returning to Strathclyde University where I completed my Masters of Research (MRes Research Methodlogy in Business and Management) and my PhD exploring consumers' identity construction within food culture. I  have been teaching across all levels of the department of marketing programmes since 2008.

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I teach across the department of marketing's undergraduate, honours and masters programmes. My teaching encompasses three broad areas of the marketing discipline.

Consumer Behaviour - I teach fundamentals of consumers as individuals including perception, motivation, learning, attitudes and identity. I also consumer special instances of consumption including mundane consumer, collecting behaviour and the behaviour of different generations.

Marketing Communications - I have a strong focus upon practitioner involvement in this subject and work closely with both marketing clients and creative agencies to develop contemporary case-studies exploring  communication planning, creativity, and evaluation.

Brand Management - I work to provide students with the most up-to- date thinking within industry and academia upon brands and brand management. I consider how brands are created and sustained and explore some key branding issue such as luxury brands and brand love. 

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Research Interests

I work mainly within interpretive consumer research. I am particularly interested in issues of consumer personal and social identity and explored there in different everyday material culture contexts.

MY PhD work focused upon consumers' understanding of food within their everyday lives and this most universal of consumer culture domains was employed to build identity and social relations such as family and friendship. I am also concerned with representations of food within consumer culture and have explored traditional and contemporary written forms such as cookbooks and food blogs.  I also consider issues of identity and sociality within new motherhood and particularly research how services can be transformative in this transitional lifestage.

More recently I have undertaken work considering the food producer/ consumer interface and exploring the practices involved in consumer self-provisioning and among small agricultural producers. I also consider the role of food in health and wellbeing and explore community approaches to tackling health inequalities.

Professional Activities

Interface Project for Invereach Energy Drink
Battle Against Weight Stigma How Body Positivity Advocates Encounter Fatphobia in NHS
Representing the Body: Contemporary Discourse and the Real Symposium
Scottish Policy & Research Exchange (External organisation)
Down's Syndrome Scotland (External organisation)
7th British Sociological Association Food and Society Conference 2020

More professional activities


Beyond the Digital Divide: Exploring Digital Experiences of Consumers with Learning Disabilities.
Tonner, Andrea (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2024
ESRC IAA 2023 / R220785-107
Tonner, Andrea (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2028
Digital Brand Personality
Ghorbani, Mijka (Researcher) Tonner, Andrea (Academic) Tsougkou, Eleni (Lenia) (Academic)

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Dr Andrea Tonner
Senior Lecturer

Email: a.tonner@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3148