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Going Hungry: Researching food-bank usage in the UK

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Alcuin Research Resources Centre

ARC/014

University of York

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YO10 5DD

United Kingdom

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In this talk Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite will discuss the research undertaken for her critically acclaimed book ‘Hunger pains: life inside foodbank Britain’. Trends in foodbank usage will be explored within the policy environment that it is argued accounts for much of this change. The human-dimension of foodbank use will be at the heart of the seminar, drawing on the in-depth ethnographic research undertaken by Kayleigh. Of particular interest to students will be the perspective on research methods employed and challenges faced by Kayleigh in pursuing her research and how the ethnographic research was balanced with volunteering in a foodbank.

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Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Geography at Durham University. Kayleigh has published widely on the issues of health inequalities, disability, sickness, and the benefit system and is a leading expert on food-bank usage. Kayleigh’s work has drawn on a range of core methodologies, but is notable for its ethnographic research. Kayleigh’s book ‘Hunger pains: life inside foodbank Britain’ has received national attention and critical acclaim for its rigorous and thought-provoking exploration of the trade-offs people are having being faced with in order to make ends meet.

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Please see the University campus map for the location of ARC/014 which is in the Alcuin Research Resource Centre. The building is opposite the Alcuin Teaching Block (Seebohm Rowntree Building) reception. The room is on the ground floor at the far end from the main entrance, around the corner, behind the lift. It is just a short walk to the Alcuin Research Resource Centre from Campus North car park and it is well sign posted. Parking costs £1 per hour and you can pay using coins or via a mobile phone via the RingGo parking. For information on public transport to the University please see the Travel and Transport webpages.

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YO10 5DD

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