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I am Professor of Food, Families and Society at the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC), in the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining CRIPACC, I was a researcher at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, from 2008-2022. My research examines the social, cultural and economic determinants shaping what children and families eat, and the part food plays in their everyday lives. I have particular interest and expertise in food inequalities and in understanding and informing policies and practices that impact the diets and lives of children, families and communities who are marginalised. I have expertise in leading research teams to carry out mixed- and multi-methods research, international comparative approaches and a range of qualitative methods, including ethnography. My work has been funded by the European Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Food Standards Agency, Public Health England and Higher Education Innovation Fund. In addition to peer reviewed journal articles, my publications include three co-authored books and an edited collection. I am deeply committed to using research to inform public and policy debates and to this end collaborate with organisations concerned with the effects of social policies on children’s and families’ diets and lives.

Since 2019 I have been a trustee of the charity School Food Matters and I am currently a Visiting Professor at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, and a visiting researcher at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield.

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology, PhD, The meaning of home-based childcare in an era of quality: childminding in an inner London Borough and the encounter with professionalisation, University College London (UCL)

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Social Anthropology , MRes, University College London (UCL)

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

TV Documentary, MA, Goldsmiths University of London

Award Date: 1 Sept 2001

Social Anthropology , BSc, Goldsmiths University of London

Award Date: 1 Sept 1999


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