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Dr. Ferne Edwards

April 23, 2024

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, […]

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Rob Oxley

November 9, 2023

Rob is a Research Trainee in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Having recently completed an MSc in Health and Social Care, Rob has a strong interest in reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes. He currently works on the auto-enrolment of free school meals project as part of FixOurFood, and […]

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Louise Padgett

October 11, 2023

Louise is a Research Associate working on the Autoenrolment of free school meals project as well as providing support to the wider FixOurFood school food workstream. Her research interests include the evaluation of public health interventions using qualitative and evidence synthesis research methods. Louise has a BSc in Public Health Nutrition, a Master of Research […]

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Georgia Irving

September 12, 2023

Georgia is a Research Assistant for the Fix our Food in Schools team at the University of York. She has previously worked in community focused roles for a large portion of her career, working closely with volunteers and community groups. Georgia became interested in fixing the food system after volunteering at a local community kitchen […]

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Dr Rebecca Newman

August 3, 2023

Rebecca is focusing on governance for transforming food systems in Yorkshire. Previous to this she contributed to the Harvesting the Sun Twice project exploring how social factors might shape spatial suitability for Agri voltaic systems in East Africa. She also assisted on the Sensors for Clean Water project for the Stockholm Environment Institute exploring user-directed […]

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Dr Sundus Mahdi

July 5, 2023

Sundus is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She works on the school food work stream of FixOurFood. Sundus is passionate about food policies that aim to improve children’s diet and overall health whilst also reducing health inequalities. She also has a keen interest in whole systems […]

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Dr Philip Hadley

July 5, 2023

Philip is a Research Associate in the School for Business and Society at the University of York in May 2023, working on projects related to food systems, hybrid business models and their associated supply chains. Alongside Fix our Food, Philip is involved in NIHR-funded research exploring community food assets in Bradford and Tower Hamlets (London), […]

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Nicola Nixon

October 20, 2022

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Nicola is currently working on her PhD with FixOurFood, based in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Her research focuses on how school food procurement can impact health and wellbeing outcomes for all children, working towards a more equal, healthier nation in conjunction with regenerating our natural environment. She is passionate […]

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Rebecca Lait

October 17, 2022

Rebecca is undertaking a PhD with FixOurFood, based in the School for Business and Society at the University of York. Having graduated from her undergraduate and masters degrees in Theoretical Physics, Rebecca is keen to apply her analytical and problem solving skills to FixOurFood projects. Her PhD work is investigating the role of power in […]

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Ben Fletcher

October 14, 2022

Ben is a PhD student within the School for Business and Society at the University of York. He is exploring the key components of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in tackling wicked problems within the food system. Alongside his PhD, Ben supports the Bradford District Sustainable Food Partnership where he aided the co-development of the District Food […]

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