Dr. Rebecca Sandover is a Visiting Research Associate at The University of Exeter. Rebecca is an experienced engaged researcher with a focus on knowledge co-production and exchange. She has been taking forward PhD expertise by investigating the processes shaping the emergence of Food Exeter, a Sustainable Food City partnership that connects food producers, civil society groups and policy makers. She approaches this research as an Activist-Scholar exploring Social Food Networks and working alongside Food Exeter to develop food change. This project uses collaborative and deliberative research methods to co-develop strategies for emerging local food networks that can contribute to a range of sustainability-related environmental, social and economic goals. With a focus on the processes and practices of the network, this ESRC funded project ran a community focused workshop, Feeding Exeter, hosted on a local farm, which served as a mechanism for network members to feedback on the draft Food Exeter strategy and consider key obstacles to building local food and just food capacity. Rebecca is now a member of The Food Exeter steering group.

Over the last year Rebecca has worked on a number of colleagues’ projects, including working with a team at Cardiff University on an ESRC funded project that explored the effects of Brexit on Agriculture. For this she interviewed a range of key stakeholder’s to investigate their perceptions of the challenges and opportunities of Brexit for rural communities. Previously, Rebecca worked on Prof. Stephen Hinchliffe‘s Contagion project at The University of Exeter that investigated the diffusion of ideas and cultural change through the means of social media. This approach enabled the analysis of the role of Twitter in the formation of activism via a case study of the 2013 Badgercull.

She completed her PhD at The University of Exeter that researched cultural Allotment practices on new two allotment sites in Somerset. This research focused on two new allotment sites in Somerset where she explored sustainable food, community food projects, more-than-human encounters and the processes of experiential learning through ethnographic and auto-ethnographic methods. For this Rebecca interviewed participants as well as growing veg on a plot herself and ran cooking workshops on both sites.

Rebecca has been the Secretary of The RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group since 2015

She was The Social Cultural Geography Research Group postgraduate rep between 2011-2013 and then Conference Officer 2013-2016

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Also published on –

The Huffington Post UK:http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rebecca-sandover/horse-meat-labelling-failure_b_2810640.html

The Conversation –https://theconversation.com/while-ministers-dither-on-floods-social-media-springs-into-action-23055#comment_311508

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