Supervisors: Professor Christina Hicks, Dr Giovanni Bettini, Dr Philippa Cohen (WorldFish)
Food Security is a grand challenge of our time, but the combination of often missing or overlooked factors, inhibit our ability to meet global food security targets (e.g. Sustainable Development Goal 2). Food security research and policy disproportionally focus on the quantities of food available, underplaying who can access food, how (Sen 1981), and whether they can utilize it adequately (Barrett 2010). Consequently, policy can exacerbate the socially inequitable conditions and relations it seeks to address (Cadieux & Slocum 2015).
Marine fisheries support over 260 million people (Sumaila & Teh), and aquatic foods provide an irreplaceable source of nutrition to vulnerable populations, many of whom live on under $2/day (Kelleher et al 2012). But, a focus on terrestrial systems overshadows and risks undermining the considerable potential of aquatic systems to deliver food security benefits. Consequently, aquatic foods are increasingly promoted as a healthy and sustainable alternative to meat (Willett et al 2019). Such ‘gentrification’ of aquatic foods risks marginalizing economically and politically vulnerable people. A cross-scale analyses of how politics and power shapes access to nutritious food is therefore critical to the design of effective and durable food security policy.
The focus: This project will take fishing as a starting point from which the policies, practices, structures, and power dynamic’s that shape systems of food production, distribution, and consumption will be analysed at local, national, and international scales. Focal countries will be Kenya and/or Ghana. The specific focus of the project will be developed by the PhD student in dialogue with supervisors, and possible themes / angles include: gender and intersectional perspectives, mobilities and the politics of fisheries, alternative discourses and initiatives (e.g. food sovereignty movements), the intersections between fisheries and climate change adaptation / vulnerability / resilience.
The candidate: We are looking for a motivated student interested in examining the politics of food systems. They will benefit from transferable and research specific training in LEC and through close collaborations with project partner institutions including World Fish.
Applicants should hold a minimum of a UK Honours Degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in geography, development studies, sociology, public health, environmental social science or related disciplines.
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Studentship funding: Full studentships (UK/EU tuition fees and stipend (£15,285 2020/21 [tax free])) for UK/EU students for 3.5 years. Unfortunately funding is not available for International (non EU) students.
Deadline for applications: 23 November 2020
Provisional Interview Date: TBC
Start Date: January 2021
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Bettini, G., Nash, S.L. and Gioli, G., 2017. One step forward, two steps back? The fading contours of (in) justice in competing discourses on climate migration. The Geographical Journal, 183(4), pp.348-358.
Cadieux, K.V. and Slocum, R., 2015. What does it mean to do food justice?. Journal of political ecology, 22, p.1.
Cohen, P.J., Allison, E.H., Andrew, N.L., Cinner, J., Evans, L.S., Fabinyi, M., Garces, L.R., Hall, S.J., Hicks, C.C., Hughes, T.P. and Jentoft, S., 2019. Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, p.171.
Hicks, C.C., Cohen, P.J., Graham, N.A., Nash, K.L., Allison, E.H., D’Lima, C., Mills, D.J., Roscher, M., Thilsted, S.H., Thorne-Lyman, A.L. and MacNeil, M.A., 2019. Harnessing global fisheries to tackle micronutrient deficiencies. Nature, 574(7776), pp.95-98.
Sen, A., 1981. Poverty and famines: an essay on entitlement and deprivation. Oxford university press.
Thilsted, S.H., Thorne-Lyman, A., Webb, P., Bogard, J.R., Subasinghe, R., Phillips, M.J. and Allison, E.H., 2016. Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era. Food Policy, 61, pp.126-131.
Willett, W., Rockström, J., Loken, B., Springmann, M., Lang, T., Vermeulen, S., Garnett, T., Tilman, D., DeClerck, F., Wood, A. and Jonell, M., 2019. Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The Lancet, 393(10170), pp.447-492.