In general, I am interested in the intersection of the cultural economies of contemporary consumer space, commodity geographies, ‘alternative’ economic and development praxis, agro-food studies, and moral geographies.
Current work explores:
The contentious definitions of 'good food'
Understanding the ambiguities of sustainable consumption
the economic and material effects of the mainstreaming of fair trade and organic foods
The shifting cultural politics of the environment and development, specifically through the increasing roles of celebrities and the media in popularising fair trade and climate change science
The material cultures of celebrity politics
The moral geographies of charity and ‘world’ (fair trade) shop
The development of student-centred learning through 'mentor-led' teaching and learning practices
Current and upcoming publications related to these topics can be accessed at the EPD Working Paper Series webpage.
Specifically, current and past research focuses on the changing cultural and economic geographies of agro-food commodity networks and how these networks contribute to alternative forms of development and consumption. Here, I explore the implications of the growth of fair trade markets for tropical commodities such as coffee, chocolate, and bananas, and how the changing politics of consumption in Northern markets affects the livelihoods and landscapes of marginalized peasants in the global South. Related work has focused on the historical structures of the diversity of alternative food pathways designed to providing local, organic, and fresh food within the state of California. I am also greatly interested in the development and provisioning of alternative food chains in the UK and Europe and their changing moral geographies.