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Ms Lydia K Medland

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

Lydia Medland

Ms Lydia K Medland

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

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Research interests

My work engages with several disciplinary fields in the social sciences including sociology, geography, international relations and law.

My research is focused on the role of seasonal workers in global food production, specifically in Morocco and Spain. In Morocco, I am interested in how seasonal workers in counter-seasonal production destined for Northern Europe experience work in global food systems. In Spain, I have researched the labour and social implications of organic agriculture on working conditions in the horticultural production network from greenhouse production. In the context of changing social and political conditions in both Southern Europe and Northern Africa I am interested to understand how the political economy of food is interpreted in local contexts by workers, farmers and civil society organisations such as trade unions. Methodologically, my approach is qualitative and I am also very interested in methods that include visual and participatory techniques. 

I previously worked with the transparency and human rights NGO, Access Info Europe from September 2008 until September 2013. As part of this role I co-ordinated the European section of the civil society coalition of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC Coalition) and actively participated in the UN meetings that were open to civil society observers to the UNCAC. I also researched and published several reports, on transparency, human rights, and anti-corruption. During this five year period I was based in Madrid, Spain.

I have a first class degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex (UK) a Master’s degree in Agroecology from the University of Córdoba (Spain) and a M(res) in Global Political Economy from the University of Bristol, with distinction. I have also studied for shorter periods (of three months in each case) at the ICU University (Japan), and the Madrid Complutense University (Spain).

My academic supervisors are Professor Tonia Novitz, Dr Adrian Flint and Dr Emma Carmel (Bath University).

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research

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