Staff Profiles: Dr. Matt Reed

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Staff Profile: Dr. Matt Reed
Reader in Food Citizenship

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Dr. Matt Reed

Reader in Food Citizenship

Countryside and Community Research Institute

Social Sciences

Matt is a sociologist with research interests in how and why social change takes place around food. He has worked at the CCRI since 2007 and is currently working on a range of projects. He has research interests in the farming family, rural communities, social networks, fishing communities and the changing technologies of food.


I am a sociologist who is interested in how food changes us and how we together can change the food system. In my research, I work with farmers, fishers, foodies and policy people in rural areas and cities. I started my academic career focused on organic farming. Since that time, I have studied the language around food, genetic technologies, as well as farming policy, urban agriculture and the development of rural communities. This spread of research has meant co-operating with a wide range of disciplines from linguistics to genetics by way of ecology and crop science. Although I still spend a lot of time with people growing and gathering food in the field, although my interests increasingly take me into the new spaces of food on-line.

Teaching and research




More publications from Dr. Matt Reed can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Food and farming policy, new technologies around food. Rural community developments. Urban food and farming.

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