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Dr. Ferne Edwards

Ferne is an interdisciplinary social scientist based at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London. Her work explores the justice, politics and sustainability of diverse food economies in city-regions. Ferne has conducted ethnographies on food waste, urban beekeeping, alternative food economies, food sharing and food policy in Australia, Venezuela, Spain, Norway and the UK, contributing knowledge to urban natures, conservation, design, and healthy and resilient cities.

As a Research Fellow on FixOurFood, Ferne is part of a work package that examines and contributes towards developing the policies, governance structures, and decision-making processes that are necessary to transform the UK’s food systems.

Ferne holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from the Australian National University. She has been involved in a wide range of international research projects, including SHARECITY, EdiCitNet and FoodCLIC. She is the editor of three books: Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices (with Nelson, Routledge, 2021); Food, Senses and the City (with Gerritsen and Wesser, Routledge, 2021) and Urban Natures: Living the More-than-Human City (with Popartan and Pettersen, Berghahn, 2023). Her monograph based on almost twenty years of field research, Food Resistance Movements: Journeying through Alternative Food Networks, was published in 2023 (Palgrave).