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PhD Topic: “Get more people growing more food” : How Coalition Actors in Local-Level Food Strategy Development Link Local Food Production and Sustainability: An Examination of Five UK Cases.

Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Academic Awards: City University Doctoral Studentship, 2014 - 2017

My research focuses on how cities in the UK are developing local-level food strategies with sustainability as a central framework, and how local food production is intended to address local needs and objectives. Using the Advocacy Coalition Framework, this work explores the beliefs held by policy makers surrounding sustainability and local food within council-civil society partnerships, and how these are negotiated to create a strategy.

Supervisors: Professor Martin Caraher and Professor Tim Lang. Completion in 2018.

Research Interests:                                                                                                                                                                             Local-level food policy                                                                                                                                                               Community Food Movements & participatory governance                                                                                                      Sustainability & local food systems                                                                                                                                                    Urban, peri-urban and rural agriculture & livelihoods

Publications: Processes of Participation in the Development of Urban Food Strategies: A Comparative Assessment of Exeter and Eindhoven


Conferences:                                                                                                                                                                                          July 5, 2017. Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) Conference. (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

February 8, 2017. Farmer's roundtable hosted by STEPS, IDS and the Land Worker's Alliance on "Transitions to agroecological food systems: Pathways to sustainability." Presentation: ‘What has led some local councils to develop good sustainable local food strategies?’ (Bristol, UK.)

 July 13 – 15, 2016. 22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference.  Presentation: Rooftop Urban Agriculture as a Community Innovation in Toronto, Canada. (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.)

May 7, 2016. Oxford-Cambridge Food Forum. Presentation: Reinventing the Wheel and Missing the Mark in Policy Overlap: Rooftop Urban Agriculture as a Community Innovation in Toronto, Canada. (Oxford University, UK.)

March 5 - 6,  2015.  AHRC Urban Transformations, Pathways from Practice to Policy. Presentation: Indicators for Sustainable Cities. (University of Brighton, UK.)


University Teaching:                                                                                                                                                                           Culture and Society - Second Year Undergraduate module. Seminar Leader - City, University of London (Winter 2017).   Research@City. First Year Undergraduate module. Seminar Leader - City, University of London (Autumn 2016).                     Researching Society: Qualitative Methods. First Year Undergraduate module. Seminar Leader - City, University of London (Autumn 2016).                                                                                                                                                                                                 Doing Qualitative Methods. Second Year Undergraduate module. Seminar Leader - City, University of London. (Winter 2015) Introduction to Sociology. First Year Undergraduate module. Tutorial Leader, Ryerson University. (Autumn 2013)



Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Learning Enhancement and Development, City, University of London. (2015 – 2017). Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

M.A.Sc, Environmental Applied Science and Management, Ryerson University (2012 – 2014). Research Topic: “Analyzing Communication Networks in a Budding Industry: Rooftop Urban Agriculture Establishment in Toronto.”

Academic Awards: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2013 - 2014; Ryerson University Graduate Award for academic merit, 2013 – 2014; Ryerson University Graduate Entrance Award, 2012 - 2013

B.A. (Honours), Environmental Studies and Geography, Minor in History. (2005 – 2010). Bishop’s University. Research Topic: Cool-Climate Viticulture:  A Study of the Adaptive Strategies Used by Two Vineyards in Eastern Quebec”