Celia Plender

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: SSIS
Research Centre/Unit: CRPR

Her research focuses on the changing nature of retail food co-ops in the UK, their political practices, social dynamics and visions of a better food system.

Food is a productive lens through which to view the political and economic processes which have formed the contemporary food system, informed common-sense thinking about it, and impacted the lives and social worlds of the inhabitants of contemporary Britain. It can be used to enact visions of a more caring/moral political and economic system through the practices and structures of alternative initiatives such as co-ops – a particularly pertinent issue in the current era of ‘austerity’ policies. By analysing these visions Celia's research explores contemporary British perceptions of concepts such as morality, citizenship and welfare.

Celia is also a trained chef and food writer who has cooked in the UK and Japan. She has contributed regularly to publications including Time Out Magazine London and written extensively on Japanese food and cooking.