Lydia Medland

Global Political Economy

PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol

Start date: September 2013

Research topic: Global Political Economy of Food and Seasonal Production (Case study, Morocco)

My research is focused on seasonal workers and their experiences of global food production, specifically in Morocco. I am researching the social and working conditions of seasonal workers and their livelihood strategies whilst producing crops such as tomatoes in counter-seasonal rhythms destined for Europe. In the context of changing social and political conditions in Europe and Northern Africa I am interested to understand how the political economy of food is interpreted in local contexts, particularly by workers. Methodologically, my approach is interpretive and will involve in-depth interviews and visual methods. For this research I am learning French and Moroccan Arabic.

Research supervisors: Professor Tonia Novitz (Bristol), Dr Emma Carmel (Bath), Dr Adrian Flint (Bristol)

Professional memberships/Positions held:

 

Co-coordinator of Bristol Participatory Action Research Group

SPAIS Student Rep

Email: Lydia.Medland@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lydyact