Difference and equity throughout the food system
This theme addresses ethical issues and social action within our global food system. It explores conceptualisations and enactments of fairness in the supply chain and seeks to expose and interrogate moral issues which cross human, animal and environmental boundaries. In exploring difference and equity throughout the whole food system, we address the tensions and interlinkages embedded within many of the ideas which drive research in this area, including ‘food security’, ‘food justice’ and ‘food sovereignty’. We explore what is at play within these concepts, how they are mobilised and the winners and losers that emerge.
To address some of these issues, we employ a range of interdisciplinary approaches including political economy and ecology, human rights, agro-ecology, and economy and livelihoods. Current work combines the political economy of justice, rights, ethics and legitimacy with empirical projects related to measurements, community collaboration and lived experiences. Academics within the theme are also active in, and committed to, engagement activities and collaboration with non-academic partners at a local, national and international level.
Our research agenda includes, but is not limited to, investigating:
- The rise of food charity, food banks, food poverty and the human right to food
- Ethical trade-offs between producer livelihoods, environmental sustainability, human nutrition and animal welfare, and prospects for deliberation
- The role of civil society in the realisation of food systems change
- Bottom-up food justice, unjust foodscapes, food surplus and waste, and the right to food
- Social, environmental and supply chain accounting, agroecology accounting, livelihoods and biodiversity
- Commodity culture, geography of consumption and the moral economy of food
- Political theory, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics.