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Food and Poverty 2018

2018 Conference on Food and Poverty

Multi-disciplinary research conference on food and poverty in the UK: taking stock, moving forward.


16 and 17 April 2018

King’s College London, Strand campus

In April 2018, Drs Rachel Loopstra and Hannah Lambie-Mumford will be hosting the first-ever national research conference on household food insecurity.

With the increasing recognition of the problem of household food insecurity in the UK, there has been a growing amount of research focused on the inability of people to afford sufficient food and experiences of food in poverty. From in-depth ethnographic research within food banks, policy analyses of welfare reform and their impacts on the ability for people to afford food, studies of child feeding programmes, and new analyses of survey data, this is a quickly growing and multidisciplinary field of research.

In April 2018, the first-ever national conference on household food insecurity in the UK will be hosted at King’s College London, bringing together leading researchers and third-sector organisations to share research on this important and pressing issue of increasing concern.

The aim of this conference is to highlight the emerging body of research on food and poverty in the UK. Specifically, the objectives of the conference are:

  • To provide a forum for the presentation of recent multidisciplinary research on food and poverty that is being conducted across the UK.
  • To facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers and third sector organisations, policymakers and other research users.
  • To provide a forum for discussion on key research priorities to inform policy and practice going forward.


Conference venue and event information:

The conference will take place over two days on 16 and 17 April at King’s College London, Strand campus. 

King’s College London
Strand Campus
London, WC2R 2LS

Information on getting to the Strand Campus:


Delegates will have to arrange their own accommodation. 

Hotels close to the venue include:

  • Premier Inn London Blackfriars 

1-2 Dorset Rise, London, EC4Y 8EN

  • hub by Premier Inn London Westminster Abbey 

21 Tothill Street, Westminster, London SW1H 9LL

  • Premier Inn London Southwark 

15A Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London SE1 0FL

  • Travelodge London Covent Garden

10 Drury Lane, High Holborn, London WC2B 5RE


Conference programme:

Please click here to see the programme at a glance (PDF).



Conference registration will open on 19 February 2018 through the King’s College London e-Store.

Please follow this link to register:

Registration deadline: 1 April 2018


Conference fees:

  • Two-day registration: £60
  • One-day registration: £30
  • Student two-day registration: £30

Do you work for a stakeholder organisation engaged in work on food and poverty? The Universities of Leeds and Liverpool are offering N8 Agrifood programme bursaries to cover the costs of conference registration and travel. Please see details here and contact Neil Boyle, Research Fellow/N8 Knowledge Exchange Fellow, with any enquiries.


Call for abstracts: 

The deadline for abstract submissions has now closed. We thank everyone who made a submission. All authors should now have received notice of their outcome. If not, please get in touch by email, via


This conference is funded through an Economic and Social Research Council fellowship.


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