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Geography and Environmental Science

Horsemeat scandal and new research on sustainable food

Published: 18 February 2013

A new project aims to help disadvantaged communities to become more sustainable.

New research led by Dr Emma Roe and Dr Michael Buser (University of West of England) will examine the role and capacity of arts and performance in alternative food initiatives to create socially cohesive, healthy and vibrant sustainable communities.

Specifically, the work will support and evaluate a co-designed, community-led arts programme designed to engage disadvantaged and at-risk groups and individuals in Bristol around food and landscape. Their intent is to examine how community arts practices can forge dialogue and contribute to social transformation in disadvantaged communities.

The research is due to complete at the end of October. It links to Emma's existing research on 'embodied consumption practices' and on-going conceptual discussions with the art community.

Emma's expertise has also provided useful in giving comment on the recent horse meat scandal. This included a live televised interview with Kay Burley, Skynews, a live radio interview with Peter Johnson, BBC radio Wales, Classic FM news, the letters page of the New Scientist, The Daily Telegraph ,  The Irish Times and The Scotsman 


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