Merisa S. Thompson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics. Merisa’s research focuses on gendered political economy, politics and power in food and agricultural systems. Her postdoctoral research focuses on global food justice and ethical tensions between producer livelihoods, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and human nutrition, with a focus on UK and global dairy supply chains. It is funded by the HEFCE/University of Sheffield match-funded N8 Agrifood programme.

She completed her PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago, in 2017. Her doctoral research was supported by a 4-year UWI Postgraduate scholarship and focused on the gendered political economy of food in the Caribbean and analysis of historical and contemporary power relations between the state, capital and food producers in Trinidad.

She is also a key member of the White Rose Consortium: ‘Tackling the Multi-Dimensional Dynamics of Smallholder Palm Oil Production in West Africa’.

Further information about Merisa can be found here.