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Dr Laura Hamilton is a Research Fellow in Food and Public Health at the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC).

Her research primarily focuses on the social, cultural and economic determinants of food and eating practices, poverty and health inequalities. She uses an interdisciplinary and mixed-methods approach, incorporating social theories of practice and behaviour change.

She is particularly interested in the ways poverty, income and social policy (e.g. free school meals, state benefits) influence the food and eating practices of families, children and young people across various settings. Using a feminist approach, she is also interested in women’s experiences of poverty and local service provision in relation to ‘austerity’ measures, welfare benefits and food practices.


Laura’s doctoral research at UCL was linked to the multi-national ERC funded ‘Families and Food in Hard Times’ study. Her thesis focused on the role of family income and other factors (e.g. sex, age, socioeconomic) in understanding young people’s (aged 11 – 16 years) food and eating practices, using a mixed-methods approach of secondary quantitative analysis, interviews and visual methods (available here).


Dr Laura Hamilton is available to supervise postgraduate or doctoral students pursuing quantitative or mixed-methods research in the following (or similar) areas:

  • Socioeconomic determinants of poverty
  • Food and eating practices
  • Dietary and health inequalities
  • Food poverty/insecurity
  • Income, poverty and state welfare
  • School food and free school meals


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