CRESR Seminar - Foodbank Britain: where do we go next?

Start date: 
Wed, 13/03/2019
Closing date: 
Wed, 13/03/2019
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Ben Pattison (Tel: 0114 225 3073)

4.00-5.00 pm


Kayleigh Garthwaite
University of Birmingham


Emergency food provision is an increasingly visible and controversial feature of ongoing austerity. We know the statistics, but what does it feel like to be forced to turn to foodbanks for help? Kayleigh's book (Hunger Pains) describes in-depth research to investigate to investigate the experiences of people using emergency food provision. This seminar will move on to consider how the recent growth of emergency food provision in Great Britain compares to other countries. This will include Kayleigh's ongoing work for the British Academy which looks at what we can learn from the US and Canada in terms of their history of charitable food provision.


Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on poverty and inequality, foodbank use, and welfare reform, with a particular focus on stigma.

Kayleigh is the author of 'Hunger Pains: life inside foodbank Britain' (2016, Policy Press), winner of the 2017 British Academy Peter Townsend Prize, which is based on 18 months of ethnographic data collected in a Trussell Trust foodbank. She is also co-author of 'Poverty and insecurity: Life in 'low-pay, no-pay' Britain' (Policy Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 British Academy Peter Townsend Prize Kayleigh is currently interested in what we can learn from the US and Canada in terms of their history of charitable food provision, and was recently awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award to carry out this work. Kayleigh is also co-organising a seminar series funded by The Sociological Review Foundation on 'Welfare imaginaries constructing rhetoric, realities and resistance over time'.

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