Dr Jessica Paddock

Dr Jessica Paddock

Contact details

Email: PaddockJR@cardiff.ac.uk

Telephone:  +44(0) 29 208 79632

Research Interests

Previous research has explored barriers to engagement with alternative/sustainable food and the obstacles and opportunities mediating diverse community participation in such initiatives. This approach has been applied to the study of an alternative food network in the South Wales region (PhD, Sociology: 'Class, Food, Culture: Exploring 'Alternative Food Consumption' - March 2012), and while working with the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W) to explore routines surrounding household food consumption practice to inform strategies aimed at inculcating more sustainable ways of life.

Current Research

My research explores the links between natural resource use, inequalities, cultural differentiation and food security, with the aim of informing policy development in the governance of coupled social-ecological systems.

Specifically, I employ socio-cultural methods of research and analysis. This is applied to interdisciplinary social-natural scientific work (supported by DEFRA's Darwin Initiative) exploring links between seagrass conservation, food security and human wellbeing in the Turks and Caicos Islands - a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. Further research explores women's often misrecognised and underestimated roles in food growing and gathering, with the aim of understanding how the broad knowledges and experiences of women can be harnessed in ways that reconfigure current thinking about strategies for boosting food security, both in the UK and overseas.

Expertise

  • Qualitative research methodologies including; ethnographic participant observation, interviews, survey design, focus groups, group interviews, visual methods and walking tours.
  • Participatory community engagement concerning issues surrounding natural resource use.
  • Class analysis for understanding cultures of social, cultural and economic differentiation.
  • Areas of teaching expertise include: sociology of culture, gender relations, classical and contemporary social theory, global environmental change and social and public policy analysis.

Qualifications and Previous Academic Experience

  • PhD Sociology, 'Class, Food, Culture: Exploring 'Alternative' Food Consumption' Cardiff University, Viva March 2012.
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.
  • Bsc. Econ. (hons.) Sociology and Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.
  • Research Assistant, Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W), Cardiff University, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and School of Social Sciences, UK.
  • Guest Lecturer - School of Social Science, Cardiff University.
  • Guest Lecturer - Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Sweden. Supported by Erasmus Mobility Fund (2013 and 2014.)

Publications & Other Outputs

  • Cullen-Unsworth, L., Nordlund, L., Paddock, J., Baker, S., McKenzie, L and Unsworth, R. (2013)  Seagrass Meadows Globally as a Coupled Social- Ecological System: Implications for Human Wellbeing, Marine Pollution Bulletin, forthcoming DOI 0.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.06.001
  • Paddock, J. (2012) Marking the Boundaries: Position Taking in a Field of 'Alternative' Food Consumption in A. Viljoen and J.S.C. Wiskerke (Eds.) Sustainable Food Planning: Evolving Theory and Practice, Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Horlick-Jones, T., Rowe, G., Murcott, A., and Paddock, J. ‚ (2011) Evaluation of 'Science, Trust and Public Engagement: Exploring Pathways to Good Governance'. A report for Sciencewise/BIS
  • Co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Climate Change Study Group