Amelia Kramer

Thesis title:

The relational geographies of food poverty in the UK


This small scale, in-depth study will focus on exploring the multi-dimensionality of food in the context of women’s experiences of food poverty, in order to demonstrate that food poverty is not simply an absence of food. Food itself is a complex issue being situated within broader social, cultural, and political contexts. As such, food must be understood as an everyday object of not only sustenance, but also pleasure and anxiety, sociality, health, and cultural identity. Repeat, semi-structured interviews will be employed in order to explore women’s experiences of food and food poverty, particularly in the context of the Cost of Living Crisis. Through foregrounding food and food practices within this research, the research seeks to demonstrate that these different dimensions of food come to shape the lived experience of people in food poverty. Without attention to this multi-dimensionality, understandings of food poverty will continue to be dominated by problematic narratives in which those experiencing food poverty are shamed and stigmatised and the agency of people’s responses to food poverty are overlooked.

First supervisor:

Jon May


8-Urbanisation, Social Change & Urban Transformation



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