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 Barbora Adlerová

Barbora Adlerová

Research student, School of Geography and Planning

Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


As a sociologist by background I’m interested in the social bit of sustainable food systems. How do we create just and sustainable food systems in a non-oppressive, inclusive way? In my current PhD I’m exploring how new spaces of governance engage and empower 'experts by experience' of food insecurity. In previous projects I looked at to what extent community growing projects in food banks contribute to food security; how US measurements of food security can be adapted for the UK; and how to build a peer support in fruit and veg co-ops network in Cardiff, Wales.


2015 BA Sociology with Research Methods, University of Warwick

2016 MSc Food, Space and Society, Cardiff University


Cerrada-Serra, P., Moragues-Faus, A., Zwart, T.A., Adlerova,B., Ortiz-Miranda, D. Avermaete, T. (2018) Exploring the contribution of alternative food networks to food security. A comparative analysis Food Security

Moragues-Faus, A., Adlerova, B., and Hausmanova, T. (2016). “Local” Level Analysis of FNS Pathways in the UK. Exploring two case studies: Sustainable Food Cities Network and access to fruit and vegetables in the city. TRANSMANGO: EU


Research interests

  • Just and socially sustainable food systems
  • Food security governance
  • Participation and voice
  • Feminist Participatory Action Research

In her PhD research, Barbora is looking at how new spaces of governance engage and empower 'experts by experience' of food insecurity. Since the 2007 – 2008 global food and financial crises, the raising food insecurity in the UK has been high on the political, academic and practitioners’ agenda. Simultaneously, the crises also stimulated new governance mechanisms that concentrate on building more sustainable food systems. Moving ‘beyond the foodbank’, some of them have focused on specific issues such as food insecurity and include participation by food insecure people.

Barbora is exploring these politics of participation through Participatory Action Research: who participates and how, and what processes are shaping this? How are the politics of voice navigated - who is speaking – but more crucially - who is listening? To what extent can people with lived experience of food insecurity alter power dynamics across different scales–from everyday injustices, through organisational frameworks to policy? Barbora is working with Food Power, a project co-run by Sustain and Church Action On Poverty. The aim of this national network of over 60 food poverty alliances is to locally ‘tackle food poverty through people-powered change.



  • Developing Research Methods II – seminar tutor