University of Hertfordshire

Ms Laura Hamilton

Ms Laura Hamilton

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United Kingdom
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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

Laura Hamilton is a research fellow in food and public health at the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC). Her undergraduate degree is in psychology and her postgraduate degree is in 'Research Methods in Psychology'. She studied both at the University of Hertfordshire. 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 she has a psychology background, Laura 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 income influences young people’s experiences of school food and free school meals at lunchtimes in secondary schools.

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

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