Alison Briggs

Alison Briggs


  • Research Associate (Aust & Altered Life), Geography
  • Research Associate (Mcr Anti-Poverty), Geography

Personal profile


My current research examines food insecurity through a relational lens to understand how intimate and social relations are (re) configured in this context and draws together understandings of food insecurity at both a personal and organisational/community level. My research is influenced by a feminist ethics of care which involves taking a feminist methodological approach and utilises ethnographic methods. This research is funded by the ESRC.


Prior to joining the University of Manchester I worked for 14 years as an Early Years Practitioner with both Stoke City Council and Staffordshire County Council.

During my undergraduate studies I undertook research into breaking the cycle of domestic violence re-offending with the Staffordshire University Crime and Society Research Group, co-authoring the final report with Dr Em Temple-Malt. I co-presented this research at the BSA annual conference at the University of Manchester in 2017. During my time at Staffordshire University I was elected student ambassador for the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD).

I am a member of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, and the Cities, Politics, Economies Research Group, both at the University of Manchester.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Sociological Research, The University of Manchester

15 Sept 201731 Aug 2018

Award Date: 1 Nov 2018

Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) Sociology - First Class, Staffordshire University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2017

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
  • Feminist Geographies

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities


  • Food Security
  • Food justice
  • Charitable Food Aid
  • Care
  • Communities


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