Project team

Farida Vis (principal investigator) is a Research Fellow in the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her research focus includes social media, data journalism and citizen engagement. Work developed with Yana Manyukhina on opening up allotment data in the UK was published in The Guardian in 2011. This work led to the Everyday Growing Cultures project a year later, which includes the same co-investigators listed below. This work has since attracted interest from the wider international growing, open data and policy communities. Farida is a founding member of Open Data Manchester (ODM), has had an allotment for nearly 13 years and has served as her site’s allotment secretary for ten of these.  Twitter: @flygirltwo

Erinma Ochu (co-investigator) is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow at the University of Manchester, exploring the relevance of citizen science to biomedical research. Previously Erinma managed Catalyst, an EPSRC-funded initiative at Lancaster University bringing together academics and communities to carry out transformative research on the theme of citizen-led social innovation. She also coordinated ‘Turing’s Sunflowers’ a citizen science initiative led by MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester) to explore mathematical patterns in nature and to raise awareness of Alan Turing’s legacy in his centenary year. The experiment had a global reach of 62.8M people, created the biggest dataset exploring fibonacci numbers in sunflowers and engaged the public through a crowdsourced film, photographic exhibition and learning resources. Twitter: @erinmaochu 

Peter Jackson (co-investigator) is Professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield whose research focuses on commodity culture and the geography of consumption, including work on food commodity chains (funded through the AHRB-ESRC Cultures of Consumption programme); ‘Consumer anxiety about food’ (funded through the European Research Council); ‘Changing Families, Changing Food’ (funded through Leverhulme). Creative dissemination of these includes: ‘Food Stories’ website (hosted by the British Library) and the ‘Food Glorious Food’ exhibition at Weston Park Museum (in Sheffield) and the V&A Museum of Childhood (in Bethnal Green).

Andrew Miles (co-investigator) is a Reader in Sociology and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change (CRESC), at the University of Manchester. He convenes the Centre’s Trajectories of Participation and Inequality research theme. He is the PI on ‘Understanding Everyday Participation’, a large project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Communities, Culture and Creative Economies scheme. Twitter: @AGMcat

Penny Rivlin (Research Associate) was awarded a PhD (Entitled ‘Domesticating Environmentalism? Gender, Class and Everyday Practices in the Home’) from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds (July 2013). Her thesis explores the interrelationships between class, gender and practices of everyday environmentalism in diverse domestic contexts. Focusing on everyday domestic life and individual performances of domestic agency – especially in relation to domestic foodwork and waste practices – she analyses the ways in which differently situated respondents’ negotiate the ethics and labour involved in ‘greening’ the domestic sphere. Additionally, three UK government-sponsored eco-campaigns – Act on CO2 (DECC, 2008-2009); Love Food Hate Waste (WRAP, 2007 – ); and War Time Spirit (EST, 2009) – are analysed in relation to the empirical data as a means of evaluating the efficacy of the state’s approach to promoting the mainstreaming of green domestic practice. Penny, like other team members, also grows her own food. Twitter: @PennyRivlin 

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