The University of Sheffield
Department of Geography

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Emergency food provision in the UK: Understanding its Rise and Implications
Supervisors: Dr Matt Watson and Dr Dimitris Ballas
Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) +3 studentship

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My PhD research aims to explore the recent rise in national-level, formalised, voluntary sector emergency food provision in the UK, which is observable since the turn of the 21st Century. It seeks to evidence and understand the increase in this provision and investigate the drivers and social dynamics behind it. Importantly, the PhD will locate the phenomena and the consequences of its effects within theories of poverty, social justice and food poverty and food security. The research also aims to conceptualise and theorise ‘emergency food provision’ in the UK context. A key aspect of the research will be to explore the impact of this increase in emergency food provision on the wider food experiences of the recipients.

Key terms: Emergency food provision; charitable food assistance; food banks; surplus food redistribution; food poverty; food security.


MSc Policy Research, University of Bristol (2010) Distinction

BA (Hons) Politics, University of Sheffield (2006) First Class

Previous relevant research and experience

I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in Politics. After graduating I worked on regeneration and economic development issues in the both the private and local authority sectors. In 2008 I moved to Coventry University’s Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration (SURGE) where I was a researcher until returning to Sheffield to begin my PhD studies in September 2011.

My previous research experience has been situated broadly around issues relating to social and economic dimensions of regeneration, inequality, faith based social action and food poverty and insecurity. I have worked on projects funded by a range of organisations including the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Church Urban Fund.

The genesis of my PhD is situated within work I carried out immediately prior to returning to the University of Sheffield. This research project looked into the rise of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network. Drawing on empirical data the research explored some of the key drivers behind the growth of the Foodbank Network since it was established in 2004. A final research report and a number of further research papers are forthcoming from this work.


Journal Articles

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. (2013) ''Every town should have one': Emergency food banking in the UK', Journal of Social Policy, 42, 1, 73-89.

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. (2012) 'Food poverty and regeneration in the United Kingdom: Learning from the New Deal for Communities programme', Community Development Journal. DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bss055

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. and Jarvis, D. (2012) ‘Building Better Neighbourhoods? Insights into the contributions of local Faith Based Organisations’ Voluntary Sector Review, 3, 3, 399-406.

  • Kneafsey, M., Dowler, E., Lambie-Mumford, H., Inman, I. and Collier, R. (2012) ‘Consumers and Food Security: Uncertain or Empowered?’, Journal of Rural Studies, DOI:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.05.005.

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. and Jarvis, D. (2012) 'The  role of faith-based organisations in the Big Society: opportunities and challenges', Policy Studies, DOI:10.1080/01442872.2012.666395

  • Dowler, E., Kneafsey, M., Lambie, H., Inman, A., Collier, R. (2011) 'Thinking about 'food security': engaging with UK consumers', Critical Public Health, 21, 4, 403-416, DOI:10.1080/09581596.2011.620945

  • Jarvis, D., Lambie, H. and Berkeley, N. (2009) ‘Creative Industries and Urban Regeneration’, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Vol. 2 (4), pp. 364-374.

Conference Papers

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. (2012) ‘Concepts of ‘crisis’ in emergency food provision: consequences for interpretations of food insecurity in the UK’, paper presented at the British Sociological Association (BSA) Food Study Group Conference: Food and Society, 2-3 July 2012, London.

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. (2012) ‘Food banking as community resilience? Negotiating localised scales in discussions of food security in the UK’, paper presented at Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference, 3-5 July 2012, Edinburgh.

  • Lambie, H. (2011) ‘The rise of food banks in the UK: questions for social justice and social policy in an era of austerity’, paper presented at the Social Policy Association (SPA) conference, July 2011.

  • Kneafsey, M., Lambie, H., Dowler, E., Collier, R. and Inman, A. (2010) ‘Consumer Insights into Food Security: Perspectives from the UK’, paper presented at Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference, September 2010.

  • Dowler, E., Collier, R., Kneafsey, M., Lambie, H. and Inman, A. (2010) ‘Thinking about ‘Food Security’: Engaging with UK Consumers’, paper presented at the British Sociological Association Food Studies Conference, July 2010.

  • Kneafsey, M., Lambie, H., Brunton, P., Caraher, M. and Dowler, E. (2009) ‘Well-being, Reconnection and Local Food’, paper presented at the Well-Being and Place Conference, Durham University, April 2009.

  • Jarvis, D., Lambie, H. and Berkeley, N. (2008) ‘Creative Industries and Urban Regeneration: a Sub-regional Case Study’, paper presented at the Regional Studies Association (RSA) conference in Prague, May 2008.

  • Begley, J., and Lambie, H., (2008) ‘The Impact of the Far Right: A Comparison of Voting Trends in the UK Local Elections 2006-7’, paper presented at the Regional Studies Association (RSA) conference in Prague, May 2008.

Other Publications

  • Lambie-Mumford, H. (2012) ‘Emergency food provision: inspiration for a political impetus towards tackling food poverty?’, Farechoice, Issue 61, October 2012,

  • Lambie, H. (2011) ‘Let’s put food on the political agenda’, Local Government Chronicle (Health Briefing), published 14.04.11

  • Lambie, H. (2011) ‘Our approach to food poverty needs to broaden’, New Start (feature article), published 03.03.2011

Research Reports



  • Broughton, K., Berkeley, N. and Lambie, H. (2010) Assessment of Impact Data for Luton New Deal for Communities Programme (research for Luton New Deal for Communities Partnership).

  • Collier, R., Dowler, E., Inman, A., Kneafsey M. and Lambie, H. (2010) Consumer Insights into Food Prices and Food Security: Report to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), London: Defra (forthcoming).

  • Jarvis, D., Porter, F., Lambie, H. and Broughton, K. (2010) Building Better Neighbourhoods: The Contribution of Faith Communities to Oxfordshire Life, Coventry: Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance.


  • Broughton, K., Lambie, H., Berkeley, N. and Brady, G. (2009) Final Evaluation of the Braunstone New Deal for Communities Programme, Coventry: SURGE.

  • Jarvis, D., Porter, F., Lambie, H., Brown, G. and Brady, G. (2009) Church in Action: Where churches are making a difference, London: Church Urban Fund.

  • Kneafsey, M., Lambie, H. and Dowler, E. (2009) Mapping Local Food Webs: Developing and testing a toolkit. Final Stage Report (research for the Campaign to Protect Rural England as part of the Big Lottery Fund funded Making Local Food Work programme).


  • Broughton, K., Berkeley, N., Jarvis, D. and Lambie, H. (2008) Assessment of Community Engagement and Enterprise Support in Nuneaton and Bedworth (research for Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce).

  • Jarvis, D., Lambie, H. and Berkeley, N. (2008) Creative Industries in Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry: SURGE.

  • Jarvis, D., Lambie, H., Berkeley, N., Kneafsey, M. [and WM Enterprise Ltd.], (2008) West Midlands Food Policy (research for Advantage West Midlands).

Research Funding

  • Economic and Social Research Council +3 Postgraduate Studentship (2011)
    Human Geography Studentship (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield) awarded via the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.

  • Coventry University Applied Research Fellowship (2011)
    Research Title: Food Banks in the UK

Contact Details

Address: Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN