Alan Connolly

PhD student

Current Research

My research examines the rise in demand for food bank services in England from 2010 to 2019, utilising the Liverpool City Region, the city with the highest use of food banks in England, as a case study. My aim is to deepen understanding about emergency food aid in England. Key questions explored are: What are food banks? Why have food banks proliferated? What do they reveal about poverty in contemporary England?

My key argument is that an individualistic understanding of poverty characterises the current government’s food poverty policy and this can also be seen in historical policies and political rhetoric. I argue that this policy stance is linked to the growth in food bank numbers and demand for services.