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Food Research: Politics and International Studies

In the Department of Politics and International Studies, scholars consider where power lies in different spaces of the food system. This involves looking at private sector actors as well as public ones like governments, and at material and discursive forms of power. Substantively, research in the department has focused on:

  • Regional governance of food and agriculture in Europe and East Asia
  • Negotiations in the World Trade Organisation and construction of alternative fair-trade markets
  • Democratic engagement of farmers and food activists into decision-making spheres
  • Legislative regulation of bio-pesticides and animal welfare

Research projects relevant to food:

Biopesticide regulation (Wyn Grant, Justin Greaves)

Blogging the Common Agricultural Policy (Wyn Grant)

Governance of livestock disease (Wyn Grant, Justin Greaves)

Social justice in the sugar cane industry (Ben Richardson)

Recent publications relevant to food:

Brassett, J., Richardson, B. and Smith, W. (2011) 'Experiments in Global Governance: Sustainability Roundtables and the Politics of Deliberation', CSGR working paper, 271/10

Carslake, D., Grant, W., Green, L., Cave, J., Greaves, J., Keeling, M., McEldowney, J. and Weldegrebriel, H. (2011) 'Endemic Cattle Diseases: Comparative Epidemiology and Governance', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (B), 366 (1573) (RELU Theme Issue)

Carslake, D., Cave, J., Grant, W., Greaves, J., Green, L., Keeling, M., McEldowney, J., Medley, G. and Weldegebriel, H. (2010) 'Animal Health and Welfare: A Case Study of Science, Law and Policy in a Regulatory Environment', Science Law and Policy, Vol 3, pp 227-255

Chandler, D., Grant, W., Greaves, J., Prince, G., Tatchell, M., Bailey, A. (2010) Biological Control, Integrated Pest Management and the Regulatory Challenge: an Interdisciplinary Approach (CABI Publishing)

Grant, W. (2012) 'Economic patriotism in European agriculture', Journal of European Public Policy, 19:3, 420-434

Greaves, J. and Grant, W. (2010) 'Underperforming Policy Networks: the Biopesticides Network in the United Kingdom', British Politics, Vol 5, No 1, pp 14-40

Kelly, D. (2005) 'Rice, Oil and the Atom: A Study of the Role of Key Material Resources in the Security and Development of Japan', Government and Opposition, 40:2, 278-327

Pirie, I. (2011) 'The Political Economy of Bulimia Nervosa', New Political Economy, 16:3, 323-346

Richardson, B. and Glaze, S. (2017) Poor Choice? Smith, Hayek and the Moral Economy of Food Consumption , Economy and Society, 46: 1, 128-151

Richardson, B. (2016) Feeding the World in S. McGlinchey, ed. International Relations, E-International Relations Publishing

Richardson, B. (2015) Sugar Cambridge, UK; Malden, US: Polity

Richardson, B. and Nunes, J. (2015) What Can Security Do for Food? Lessons from Brazil Contemporary Politics, 21: 1, 70-85

Richardson, B. and Richardson-Ngwenya, P. (2013) Documentary Film and Ethical Foodscapes: Three Takes on Caribbean Sugar Cultural Geographies, 20: 3, 339-356

Richardson, B. (2009) Sugar: Refined Power in a Global Regime (Palgrave)

Watson, M. (2006) 'Towards a Polanyian Perspective on Fair Trade: Market-based Relationships and the Act of Ethical Consumption', Global Society, 20:4, 435-451