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 graduated in 2010 with a Masters from SOAS, University of London, in Anthropology of Food, conducting research on malnutrition, gender and intervention programmes with agricultural communities in rural Guatemala. In 2010 she also did a short research project on food labelling for the Social Science Research Unit of the Food Standards Agency. Lauren's PhD (forthcoming), at the University of Sheffield and in collaboration with the British Library, was based on in-depth oral history interviews and ethnography with food activists, campaigners and policy makers. The recorded interviews form a new public sound archive at the British Library.
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 the Education Coordinator for, and teaches postgraduate students on, Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning (IFSTAL), an interdisciplinary and cross-university food systems training programme addressing global food security and environmental change.