Social & Cultural

This theme covers social aspects of the food system, including consumer culture in relation to food, the history of food and the development of agriculture, interactions between food and other social issues, and the wider implications of food-related technologies.

People » Loretta Ieng Tak Lou

Postdoctoral Associate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Dr. Loretta Lou is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis is an ethnographic study of "green living" and its implications for self-understanding, social relations, ethics, and political mobilisation in post-handover Hong Kong. Loretta is interested in the urban farming movement in East Asia.

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People » Maja Založnik

Post-doctoral Researcher, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, Department of Zoology

Maja Založnik is working on an Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food project investigating how changes in the age and educational structure of farming populations interact with changing pest populations to affect food security.

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People » Mark Hirons

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Mark is a post-doctoral researcher working on the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) ECOLIMITS project. This interdisciplinary project will be investigating the linkages between ecosystem service provision and the multiple dimensions of poverty in coffee- and cocoa-dominated agricultural settings, focusing on Ethiopia and Ghana respectively. The project will use a range of methods to develop a holistic understanding of how ecosystems influence, and are influenced by, socio-economic, political and cultural conditions across various scales.

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People » Max Roser

Research Fellow

Max Roser is an economist interested in long-term trends, living standards and inequality.

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People » Meg Wiessner

MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy

Meg's research interests lie in urban livability and equality, food systems, and materials development. Her work has focused on a variety of topics, including: conflicts and competing narratives around development and urban agriculture; sustainable materials development in textiles and additive manufacturing; and connections between luxury eco-consumption and cultural appropriation. She's now currently working on a variety of projects addressing these issues through the arts. 

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People » Meghan Bailey

DPhil Student, Environmental Change Institute

Robust Adaptation Planning and Decision-Making: a comparative study of subsistence-oriented communities in the Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa.

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People » Nathalie Seddon

Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Nathalie Seddon studies the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change. Her current work as a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Research Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development involves translating ecosystem science for the benefit of decision makers in government and business in order to bring the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.

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People » Paul Aveyard

Professor of Behavioural Medicine

My research focuses on behavioural medicine. This is the intergration of biological, psychological and sociological knowledge to prevent and treat disease and to aid rehabilitation.
 
My work focuses on helping people change their behaviour, either to prevent serious disease, or as a treatment for that disease.  
 
A lot of my work has examined interventions to help people stop or reduce their smoking and lately I have worked in helping people manage their weight if they have become obese.  
 
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People » Rachel Loopstra

Lecturer in Nutrition at King's College London & Associate Researcher in Sociology at Oxford University.

Rachel Loopstra’s research focuses on understanding social welfare policy as a determinant of population health and well-being. Her interests broadly focus on material deprivation, examining how social welfare expansion and retrenchment influence food insecurity and housing insecurity, and the social and health consequences of these experiences.

Rachel completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on understanding drivers and outcomes of food insecurity in Canada.
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People » Sanne Peters

Research Fellow in Epidemiology

Sanne Peters is a Research Fellow in Epidemiology at The George Institute for Global Health, Oxford Martin School. She obtained her a PhD in Epidemiology from Utrecht University and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Utrecht University and at the University of Cambridge.

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