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Paula A. Varela Tomasco, Nofima and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway


Paula is a senior researcher in Sensory and Consumer Science at Nofima and Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her research has focused on the exploration of new methodologies for understanding consumers. She has authored more than 100 articles in international journals, various book chapters and co-authored four books on methodological aspects of consumer research, as “Novel Techniques in Sensory Characterization and Consumer Profiling” and “Methods in consumer research”.

Paula is passionate about methodological aspects of research with special populations (children, elderly, food sub-cultures) at the light of societal issues related to food behaviour, as well as consumer involvement in the green shift, aiming to support the transition to healthier and more sustainable diets.

Paula leads the EU project Edulia, a multidisciplinary MSCA training network, looking into bringing down barriers to children healthy eating, training a new generation of researchers in Europe (

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