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Ethnic and religious food markets; Sustainable food systems.

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I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background in sociology, human geography and latterly management. Before moving to the University of Huddersfield, I worked in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University and for Cities Research Centre at UWE: Bristol. Throughout this period, my research has focused very broadly on 'sustainable communities' and 'sustainable food systems'. My current research interests revolve around place-based food systems and the circular economy, ethnic and religious food markets, and migrant/ refugee food entrepreneuers. The question driving much of my research is: What can food tell us about people, place and politics?

Before I bacame an academic, I worked for Oxfam in fairtrade for a number of years. My teaching has a specific focus on food sustainability, circular economy and envirornmental policy at both UG and PG level. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Norbert Elias Foundation. For a complete list of talks before 2014 see

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Ethnic and religious food markets
  • Migrant workers & refugee entrepreneurs 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • sustainability of urban regional food systems
  • local food
  • halal & kosher meat
  • sustainable communities
  • religion
  • place based food
  • immigration
  • refugees
  • circular economy


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