PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter
Start date: September 2014
Research topic: ‘Self-help by the people!’ Politics, morality and change in British food co-ops
My research focuses on the changing nature of retail food co-ops in the UK, their political practices, social dynamics and visions of a better food system.
Food is a productive lens through which to view the political and economic processes which have formed the contemporary food system, informed common-sense thinking about it, and impacted the lives and social worlds of the inhabitants of contemporary Britain. It can be used to enact visions of a more caring/moral political and economic system through the practices and structures of alternative initiatives such as co-ops. By analysing these visions my research explores contemporary British perceptions of concepts such as morality, citizenship and welfare.
Research supervisors: Professor Harry West, Dr Charles Masquelier
Professional memberships/Positions held:
Centre for Rural Policy Research, Exeter
SOAS Food Studies Centre, London