University of Hertfordshire

Dr Laura Hamilton

Dr Laura Hamilton

Postal address:
United Kingdom
Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Laura Hamilton is a research fellow in food and public health at the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC). Her qualifications include BSc Psychology, MSc Research Methods in Psychology and a PhD in Food and Family Income. Her doctoral thesis from UCL is titled 'The role of family income and other factors in understanding the food and eating practices of young people in the UK: A mixed methods approach'.

Although Laura has a psychology background, she uses a multi-disciplinary social sciences approach in her research, which focuses on adolescent aged young people’s food and eating practices in relation to health inequalities. These practices include dietary behaviours, cooking, food preparation, purchasing and socialising in relation to food. She is particularly interested in the impact of poverty and family income on young people’s food and eating practices at home and at school. This includes how family income and free school meals policy influence young people’s eating practices and experiences of school food in secondary schools.

She is also interested in the division of 'foodwork' in relation to mothers/women and young people’s ‘ethical’ food practices, such as vegetarianism and veganism.


Laura is available to supervise postgraduate or doctoral students pursuing quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research in the following areas:

  • Young people's food and eating practices
  • Dietary and health inequalities
  • Family income, poverty and food poverty
  • School food practices and free school meal policy
  • Division of labour and 'foodwork' in families
  • Young people's ethical or sustainable food practices

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