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  • Spatial imaginaries of food systems: a case study of food policy councils in the UK

Martha’s research seeks to explore the spatial imaginaries – the implicit, collective understandings of spatiality that frame, permit and justify spatial practices (Davoudi, 2018) – underpinning the food system transitions sought by UK food policy councils.

Specific areas of interest include how food system imaginaries are formed, the ways in which they materially impact on policy, practice and behaviour and whether the outcomes are moving us towards more sustainable and just food systems.

Prior to starting a PhD, Martha worked as an environmental practitioner for an international energy company. Her experience includes strategy development, risk management, environmental data management, providing environmental technical support and assurance and designing and delivering environmental awareness campaigns.

Areas of academic interest

Sustainable food systems; food policy; spatial imaginaries; mental mapping; transition theory


  • Full member of the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors (MIEMA)
  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
  • MSc Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey
  • BA (Hons) Geography with Philosophy, Lancaster University

Research grants

Henley Business School PhD Studentship