A Pandemic of our own making: a reflection on COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

I've been trying to write this blog for over two months. But, like many, recent times have stripped me of much of my motivation and feeling of hope for the future. It is hard to feel like fighting when I'm wondering what I'm fighting for. I keep thinking: Do we want to return to normal? … Continue reading A Pandemic of our own making: a reflection on COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

A New Way of Eating: Dissertation Now Available

I am excited to announce that my PhD Dissertation, A New Way of Eating: Creating Meat Reducers, Vegetarians and Vegans is now freely available. The dissertation outlines the methods and results of a research project that took place between 2016 and 2018 and includes a discussion of the findings and recommendations for campaigns, policy and … Continue reading A New Way of Eating: Dissertation Now Available

Why our understanding of impact needs a makeover

Within the animal protection movement -- and many other social justice movements -- there is a current obsession with numbers: helping the most animals, reaching the most people... But does any of this mean a campaign is actual effective? Quite simply: no. Some within the movement have openly rejected animal sanctuaries as useful in helping … Continue reading Why our understanding of impact needs a makeover

No campaign can reach everyone

This blog post includes data from research into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal approach. The decision to … Continue reading No campaign can reach everyone

REPORT: Meat reduction and vegan promotion

I am so excited to share the findings of my study into seven UK-based reduction and vegan campaigns, drawing on the largest sample of meat reducers, pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans in any research project to date (n=1,587). Research was conducted for my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, using a mixed-methods, longitudinal … Continue reading REPORT: Meat reduction and vegan promotion

How can campaigns reach more diverse populations?

A lack of sociodemographic diversity within the sample suggests that campaigns are reaching overlapping populations that include a disproportionate percentage of female, white, high income, and university-educated individuals. As I have discussed previously, researchers have found that individuals from minority groups may feel ostracized from campaigns due to the perpetuation of normative conceptions of veg*nism … Continue reading How can campaigns reach more diverse populations?