Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Lauren is the IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning) programme Education Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow for LCIRAH (Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health). She is an anthropologist and human geographer focusing on malnutrition, food security and development, food activism and policy, and food systems.
Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a Masters from SOAS, University of London, in Anthropology of Food, for which she conducted ethnographic research on malnutrition, gender and intervention programmes with agricultural communities in rural Guatemala. Her PhD in Human Geography (from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the British Library), was based on in-depth oral history interviews with agri-food activists, campaigners and policy makers. The recorded interviews form a new public sound archive at the British Library.
Lauren has conducted research on food labelling for the Social Science Research Unit of the Food Standards Agency, and research on glyphosate for the Soil Association.
She joined the RVC in 2015 as the LCIRAH (Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agrculture and Health) Education Coordinator for IFSTAL, Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme - a HEFCE funded cross-university initiative of five higher education institutions: the University of Oxford (PI), City University London, the University of Reading, the University of Warwick and LCIRAH (formally represented by RVC).
Lauren's research interests are on food policy, activism, sustainability, food security, gender and nutrition. She is also interested in food systems thinking and the role of social science, in particular ethnography and other qualitative methods, within that.
Lauren is a Teaching Fellow and Education Coordinator for postgraduate students on the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL) programme, an interdisciplinary and cross-university food systems training addressing global food security and environmental change. She supervises and advises undergraduate and postgraduate students on food-related research projects, and delivers teaching on food systems within the RVC and as a guest lecturer in other universities.