Position: Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 8350
Areas of interest and expertise: Food Poverty/Food Insecurity, Food Aid, Food Banks, Food Charity, Food Rights, Poverty, Child Poverty, The Welfare State, Welfare Reform.
Hannah’s research focuses on food insecurity, the rise of emergency food provision and the human right to food. She has previously worked as a researcher at the universities of Warwick and Coventry and her work has been at the forefront of the emerging evidence base on the growth of food charity in the UK with her studies on the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, FareShare and other independent initiatives. Hannah has successfully managed and completed projects on food charity and food insecurity for funders including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and in 2013-14 she was lead author of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) funded ‘review of food aid’ which was commissioned in response to growing concern about rising uptake of food charity. In June 2014 Hannah was awarded first prize for Outstanding Early Career Impact at the ESRC’s Celebrating Impact awards.
Hannah is a registered specialist with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for her research expertise in food and poverty and sits on Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) Policy Advisory Committee. Hannah co-convenes the British Sociological Association’s Food Study Group.
Current Research Projects
The changing nature of social care in an era of austerity: the rise of food banks across Europe
Funded by the British Academy
Since the mid-2000s a number of European countries have experienced the rise of charitable emergency food banks feeding people in need in the context of post crisis austerity and significantly reformed welfare states. This research project brings together academic partners in Spain, Germany and the UK for one of the first systematic comparative studies to explore what this phenomenon reveals about the changing nature of care for people in or at risk of poverty in contemporary Europe. The research looks in particular at the extent to which the simultaneous rise of food banks and implementation of austerity and welfare reform policies in these countries represents a systematic privatisation and localisation of care for those in food insecurity. Involving empirical research with policy makers, NGOs and food charities in the three case study countries, the research will explore the nuances and complexities of the relationship between the rise of food banking and the restructuring of welfare states in the post-crisis context.
Towards understanding the relationship between food insecurity, socioeconomic status and obesity in families in Northern England: A strategically important multidisciplinary project
Funded by N8 AgriFood.
Led by Dr Emma Boyland (University of Liverpool), the aim of the collaborative project is to establish the fundamental relationships between household food insecurity (HHFiS), socioeconomic status (SES) and obesity in families with primary school aged children in northern England.
The research will involve a quantitative survey-based study across northern England, specifically the north west (Liverpool, Manchester) and north east (Leeds, Sheffield). The work is expected to mark the beginning of further collaborative work in the area. The research team also includes Dr Alison Fildes (University of Leeds) and Dr Samantha Caton, Dr Paul Christiansen and Dr David Taylor-Robinson (all University of Liverpool).
Selected Recent Publications:
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2017) Hungry Britain: The rise of food charity, Bristol: Policy Press
Lambie-Mumford, H. and Green, M. (2016) ‘Austerity, welfare reform and the rising use of food banks by children in England and Wales’, Area
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2016) ‘Food insecurity and the rise of food charity: issues and challenges’, Geography, 101, 1
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2015) ‘Britain’s hunger crisis: where’s the social policy?’, in Irving, Z., Fenger, M. and Hudson, J. (eds) Social Policy Review 27, Policy Press: Bristol, 13-32
Lambie-Mumford, H. and Dowler, E. (2015) ‘Review Article: Hunger, Food Charity and Social Policy – Challenges Faced by the Emerging Evidence Base’, Social Policy and Society, 14, 3, 497-506
Dowler, E. and Lambie-Mumford, H. (2015) ‘How can households eat in austerity? Challenges for social policy in the UK’, Social Policy and Society, 14, 3, 411-416
Lambie-Mumford, H. and Dowler, E. (2014) ‘Rising use of “food aid” in the United Kingdom’, British Food Journal, 116, 9, 1418-1425
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2013) ‘‘Every town should have one’: Emergency food banking in the UK’, Journal of Social Policy, 42, 1, 73-89
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2013) ‘Food poverty and regeneration in the UK: Learning from the New Deal for Communities programme’, Community Development Journal, 48 (4): 540-554.
Kneafsey, M., Dowler, E., Lambie-Mumford , H., Inman, I. and Collier, R. (2013) ‘Consumers and Food Security: Uncertain or Empowered?’, Journal of Rural Studies, 29, 101–112
Dowler, E., Kneafsey, M., Lambie, H., Inman, A., Collier, R. (2011) ‘Thinking about ‘food security’: engaging with UK consumers’, Critical Public Health, 21, 4, 403-416
Selected Research Reports
Lambie-Mumford, H. and Snell, C. (2015) ‘Heat or Eat: Food and Austerity in Rural England’, Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.6 (Oct 2015), http://www.communitiesandculture.org/projects/heat-or-eat-food-and-austerity-in-rural-england/
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2015) ‘Addressing Food Poverty in the UK: Charity, Rights and Welfare’, Speri Paper, No. 18, ISSN 2052-000X, Published in February 2015, http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SPERI-Paper-18-food-poverty-in-the-UK.pdf
Lambie-Mumford, H. (2014) ‘Food bank provision & welfare reform in the UK’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief No.4, http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SPERI-British-Political-Economy-Brief-No4-Food-bank-provision-welfare-reform-in-the-UK.pdf
Lambie-Mumford, H., Crossley, D., Jensen, E., Verbeke, M. and Dowler, E. (2014) ‘Household Food Security in the UK: A Review of Food Aid’, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) [SEG 1205] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/food-aid-research-report
Dowler, E. and Lambie-Mumford, H. (2014) ‘Food Aid: Living with Food Insecurity’, Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.3 (April 2014), ISSN: 2052-7268, http://www.communitiesandculture.org/files/2013/01/Living-with-Food-Insecurity-CCN-Report.pdf
LAMBIE, H. (2011) ‘The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network: Exploring the Growth of Foodbanks Across the UK’ (report to the Trussell Trust), Coventry: SURGE http://www.trusselltrust.org/resources/documents/Our%20work/Lambie-(2011)-The-Trussell-Trust-Foodbank-Network—Exploring-the-Growth-of-Foodbanks-Across-the-UK.pdf
Collier, R., Dowler, E., Inman, A., Kneafsey M. and Lambie, H. (2010) ‘Consumer Insights into Food Prices and Food Security: Report to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)’, London: Defra.