Leah M. Ashe, a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the PUREFOOD Network on sustainable peri-urban food systems, is based at Cardiff University completing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Morgan. Her work investigates the discourse and practice of new city-led efforts to promote food and nutrition security in the midst of a ‘New Food Equation’, and she is particularly interested in themes related to urban food systems, an expanded conceptualization of food and nutrition security, and North-South convergence. Leah holds a joint Master in the History and Culture of Food from the Universities of Bologna (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), and Tours (France), and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame (USA). She looks forward to a career that integrates research, practice, and service, and invites contacts and collaborations.
- UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA (2008-2010) (Italy / Spain / France)
Master in History and Culture of Food (110/110 e lode, 2010).
- UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME (1997-2001) (USA)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude, 2001).
- ASHE LANGUAGE SERVICES: FREE-LANCE TRANSLATION, EDITING & LANGUAGE CONSULTANCY, Services in English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Catalan (2008-2011).
- MOOG AIRCRAFT GROUP, Associate Product Engineer (2004-2007).
- UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS, Admissions Counselor(2001-2003).
Awards and Prizes
- Marie Curie PUREFOOD Fellow (2011-present).
- Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (2008-2009).
- Academic All-America (Rowing-Engineering 2001).
- Notre Dame Scholar, (1997-2001).
Memberships / External Activities
- Rotary Foundation Alumni Association
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) The food security discourse: New York, Bogotá, and the Differentiated Framing of the New Food Security Project. AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference IV. Paper Presentation. Berlin, Germany.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) El discurso entorno la seguridad alimentaria: New York, Bogotá, y el Nuevo Proyecto de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional. CIDER Seminario. Seminar. Bogotá, Colombia. Available online at: http://cider.uniandes.edu.co/@Eventos/SeminarioCider.asp
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) La nueva seguridad alimentaria. Jornada per el Día Mundial de la Alimentación. Bogotá, Colombia.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) School food in the cities: Planning for food and nutrition security in the New Food Equation. Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Marie Curie Actions Conference. Poster presentation. Dublin, Ireland.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) Planning for food and nutrition security: Cities, schools, and the New Food Equation. Joint Conference of the Agriculture and Human Values Society and the American Society for Food Studies. Paper presentation. New York, USA.
- Cohen, N., K. Kessler, J. Wurwarg, and L. Ashe (2012) Constructing sustainable food systems: Urban-Rural Linkages. Joint Conference of the Agriculture and Human Values Society and the American Society for Food Studies. Presentation and Panel Discussant. New York, USA.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) Food policy course (instructor: Thomas Forster). The New School University. Guest lecture. New York, USA.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2012) School food in the cities: Planning for food and nutrition security in the New Food Equation. Cardiff University Ph.D. Day, 1st Prize Poster. Cardiff, UK.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2011) Adding the R: New York City School Food and the Mobilizing Food Movement. AESOP Food Studies Group International Conference. Paper presentation. Cardiff, UK. Available online at http://www.aesop-planning.eu/blogs/posts/en_GB/sustainable-food-planning/2012/01/27/readabout/presentations-from-our-last-meeting .
- Ashe, Leah M. (2011) Food security and the promise of school food. Wageningen Rural Sociology Group Lunch Hour Series. Invited presentation. Wageningen, Netherlands.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2010) Visiones de salud entre inmigrantes latinos y catalanes en Barcelona. International Commission on the Anthropology of Food Conference ‘Antropología de Alimentación, Nutrición y Salud’. Poster presentation, Bilbao, Spain.
- Ashe, Leah M. (2010) Cambiando estructuras de comidas familiares y visiones de dieta y salud. X Jornadas de doctorado e investigación del Observatorio de la Alimentación. Invited presentation. Barcelona, Spain.
- Languages: English (native language); Spanish (fluent/C2); Italian (fluent/C2); French(competent/B2-C1); Catalan (comprehension); Portuguese (comprehension).
- Referee for the journals Anthropology of Food, Public Health Nutrition and Documentos de Desarrollo (UniAndes).
Planning for a new food security: cities, states, and a new global nutrition project
In light of a New Food Equation marked by increasingly precarious food security and a rising importance of cities, new approaches to address food security at urban scales offer promising prospects. But as these efforts are novel – indeed, integrating a decidedly new food equation – they are also little studied and poorly understood. This research examines two large cities of the North and South, New York City and Bogotá, and aims to understand how each municipality frames its understanding of food security (generally), how its policies and practices reflect this framing, and to what extent discourse accords practice. The project is poised to contribute to practical efforts to assure food security as well as to contribute to both emerging and ongoing academic debates in the food security, development and urban food systems literatures.
The project is funded by PUREFOOD (Grant Agreement Number 264719), a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework PEOPLE program. The objective of PUREFOOD is to train a pool of early-stage researchers in the socio-economic and socio-spatial dynamics of the (peri-)urban and regional foodscape. Specifically, the projects will focus on three key aspects of the so-called new food geography: sustainable food supply chains, public sector food procurement practices and (peri-)urban food strategies.
Ashe, Leah M. & Sonnino, Roberta. (2012) 'At the crossroads: New paradigms of food security, public health nutrition and school food'. Public Health Nutrition. Available on CJO 2012 doi:10.1017/S1368980012004326.
Leah M. Ashe & Roberta Sonnino (2012): Convergence in Diversity: New York City School Food and the Future of the Food Movement, International Planning Studies, DOI:10.1080/13563475.2013.750937.
Sonnino R., Spayde J. & Ashe L. (Forthcoming) Public policies and the construction of markets: Insights from school food initiatives. In: Conterato M., Schneider S., Marques F., editors. Construction of markets for family farming: Challenges for rural development. Porto Alegre: UFRGS Editora.