Merisa profilePost-Doctoral Research Associate

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Profile Merisa joined the Department of Politics in November 2016 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Justice and the Global Food System project, which is supported by the HEFCE Catalyst-funded N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme and University of Sheffield matched funding. Merisa undertook her doctoral training in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, where her PhD was a gendered analysis of material and ideological dimensions of power in the dairy and fish food complexes. Her work crosses critical and feminist international political economy, food and agriculture, international development and Caribbean studies. Prior to her doctoral studies, Merisa spent several years working in the NGO and development sector, both in the UK and the Caribbean, and as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University. Merisa also has a MA in Sociological Research Methods and a BA in Sociology from the University of Sheffield.

Research interests:

  • gender, politics and power
  • food, agriculture and the environment
  • global commodity chains
  • feminist and international political economy
  • critical, post-structural and feminist epistemologies

Merisa’s research sits at the cross section of critical and feminist political economy and the study of gender, food, agriculture and development. She is particularly interested in the material and ideological relations of power, the social and political dimensions of production and consumption, the politics of food, global commodity chains, food and agriculture, development theory and Caribbean studies. Her current post-doctoral research focuses on global food justice and ethical tensions between human nutrition, environmental sustainability, producer livelihoods, and animal welfare along different nodes of UK and global food commodity chains.

Publications and Papers

Book chapters:

Thompson, M.S. (2018). Critical Perspectives on Gender, Food & Political Economy. In J. Elias & A. Roberts (Eds), Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender. Edward Elgar. pp.470-485

Blog posts:

Thompson, M. (2016, 15 September). ‘Eating Power’: Oligopolisation in the Haitian Food Economy. Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) Blog:

Thompson, M. (2014, 3 May). Aftermath of an Oil Spill. Global Voices:

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