Thesis Title: Community Animal Farming in the UK
Primary Supervisor: Dr Chris Bear
Secondary Supervisor: Professor Paul Milbourne
Starting Date: October 2013
Funding Source: ESRC Studentship
“…And justice for all species: Community animal farming & health opportunities in the UK”
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative system of food production and distribution aiming to involve local communities in the growing and rearing of their food. There are a broad range of different styles of CSA and individuals involve themselves for a wide range of social, economic, cultural and environmental reasons.
This research will explore an often overlooked aspect of CSA – how animals fit into such systems. The many different models of CSA and the diversity of 'subscribers' means that the animals involved are portrayed as having a multitude of different roles.
Exploring CSA will contribute and further contemporary academic discourse and debate on 'alternative' food geographies and networks, whilst simultaneously contributing to the development of a contemporary, less anthropocentric animal geography; discovering more about multi-formatted inter-species relations. More-than-human justice will be a cross-cutting theme of the research.
The research will also introduce a contemporary more-than-human perspective to the analytical framework of 'therapeutic landscapes'. Exploring the role of animals in creating perceptions of healthy landscapes and contributing and critiquing the continuing development of the therapeutic landscape concept by exploring perceptions of health and care within community animal farms.
Insights will hopefully allow the continued growth and success of UK based CSA projects whilst also contributing new academic knowledge.