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Barbora Adlerova

Barbora Adlerova

Graduate Tutor

School of Geography and Planning

Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


As a sociologist by background I’m interested in the social aspect of sustainable food systems. How do we create just and sustainable food systems in a non-oppressive, inclusive way? In my PhD I’m exploring how new spaces of governance engage and empower 'experts by experience' of food insecurity and as a research assistant I'm looking at how multi-stakeholder, national-scale community food initiatives create change in Welsh food system. 

In 2020 - 2022 I was a PhD representative in RGS-IBG Food Geographies Research Group committee.

Current projects

"Nothing without us about us is for us": making space for experiential knowledge of food insecurity in food governance - PhD thesis
Resilient Green Spaces: A partnership working to pilot alternative re-localised food systems using communities and their green spaces as the driving force for change across Wales.
Accessible Veg: A project exploring the impact of Community Supported Agriculture membership on food insecure families. 

Past projects

Food vulnerabilities during Covid 19: facilitation of Participatory Policy Panel. Meting regularly throughout the project (Oct 2020-Dec 2021), the panel used a range of participatory and creative methods to share and reflect on their experiences and contribute these to policy recommendations.

Research outputs 

Adlerova, B., Moragues-Faus, A. (upcoming) Fostering food justice in academia and beyond. in Herman, A. & Inwood, J. (ed) Researching Justice: engaging with questions and spaces of (in)justice through social research, Bristol University Press
Barbora Adlerova, Ben Pearson (2021) Building a Community in a Pandemic: Engaging digitally, Creatively and with Care. 

Barbora Adlerova, Ben Pearson, Matt Sowerby, Penny Walters, Charlotte Killeya & Anthony Lobo (2020)  Written Evidence to Life beyond Covid-19’ House of Lords inquiry.

Cerrada-Serra, P., Moragues-Faus, A., Zwart, T.A., Adlerova,B., Ortiz-Miranda, D. Avermaete, T. (2018) Exploring the contribution of alternative food networks to food security. A comparative analysis Food Security

Moragues-Faus, A., Adlerova, B., and Hausmanova, T. (2016). “Local” Level Analysis of FNS Pathways in the UK. Exploring two case studies: Sustainable Food Cities Network and access to fruit and vegetables in the city. TRANSMANGO: EU






    • Just and socially sustainable food systems
    • Food security governance
    • Participation and voice
    • Feminist Participatory Action Research

    In my PhD research I am looking at how new spaces of governance engage and empower 'experts by experience' of food insecurity. Since the 2007 – 2008 global food and financial crises, the raising food insecurity in the UK has been high on the political, academic and practitioners’ agenda. Simultaneously, the crises also stimulated new governance mechanisms that concentrate on building more sustainable food systems. Moving ‘beyond the foodbank’, some of them have focused on specific issues such as food insecurity and include participation by food insecure people.

    I'm exploring these politics of participation through Participatory Action Research: who participates and how, and what processes are shaping this? How are the politics of voice navigated - who is speaking – but more crucially - who is listening? To what extent can people with lived experience of food insecurity alter power dynamics across different scales–from everyday injustices, through organisational frameworks to policy? I am working with Food Power, a programme co-run by Sustain and Church Action On Poverty. The aim of this national network of over 60 food poverty alliances is to locally ‘tackle food poverty through people-powered change.


    "Nothing without us about us is for us": Making space for experiential knowledge in food security governance


    I am Associate Fellow of Advanced HE and I have taught on a variety of Human Geography courses including study skills, research methods and food geographies. 


    Julian Brigstocke

    Julian Brigstocke

    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

    Andrew Williams

    Andrew Williams

    Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, PhD Admissions Tutor

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