Katy Gordon is Research and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator on the Food Vulnerability During COVID-19 research project, an 18-month research project (2020-2022) funded by the ESRC through the UKRI Ideas to Address COVID-19 grant call.The project which is led by Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford will map and monitor responses addressing concerns about insufficient food access during the COVID-19 outbreak. Katy joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in November 2019, initially working as knowledge exchange coordinator for the ‘Evidence and Network on Household Food Insecurity’ (ENUF). 

Katy is also completing a doctoral thesis at the University of Strathclyde, exploring community based responses to food insecurity, through the lens of institutional theory. 

Research Interests

Katy’s research interests focus on household food insecurity in the UK. Her work explores threats to food insecurity, current responses across the third, public and private sector, and the wider societal institutions impacting on food insecurity. Her doctoral research has a particular focus on community responses to food insecurity including charitable food systems and social enterprise models. This focus on food insecurity sits within Katy’s wider research interests on health inequalities and builds on her previous practical experience working in the third sector.

Key publications


  • Gordon, K., Wilson, J., Tonner, A. and Shaw, E. (2018), “How can social enterprises impact health and well-being?”, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 697-713. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-01-2017-0022
  • Gordon, K., Rice, H., Allcock, N., Bell, P., Dunbar, M., Glbert, S., and Wallace, H. (2017) Barriers to self-management of chronic pain in primary care: a qualitative focus group study. British Journal of General Practice. 67(656) https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X688825
  • Macfarlane TV, Abbood HM, Pathan E, Gordon K, Hinz J, Macfarlane GJ. (2017) Relationship between diet and ankylosing spondylitis: A systematic review. European Journal of Rheumatology. 45-52. https://doi.org/10.5152/eurjrheum.2017.16103

Book chapters

  • Tonner, A., Wilson, J., Gordon, K. and Shaw, E (2019) ‘We need to survive’ : Integrating social enterprises within community food initiatives. In Gustafsson, U., O’Connell, R., Draper, A. and Tonner, A. (Eds). What is Food? Routledge: London