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Dr Adrian Evans is a Senior Research Fellow in Food, Water and Resilient Communities. He has worked on several European projects relating to issues around food, farming, animal welfare and water consumption. He was a member of the management team of the EU project Dialrel, which addressed religious slaughter issues and the consumption of halal and kosher foods. He worked as a social-scientific researcher for the Welfare Quality® project, an EU-funded project which addressed issues of farm animal welfare. He also worked for the Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG), investigating the links between political economies of water provision, water consumption and sustainability. Adrian is the lead author of several European Union reports, journal articles and book chapters relating to issues such as; consumer concerns about farm animal welfare; the public understanding of animal welfare science; media representations of religious slaughter and the consumption of halal and kosher foods. His current research areas include; the practical ethics of food and drink consumption, especially in relation to sustainability and farm animal welfare; engaging citizens around food and farming issues; theories of consumption practices; food and communities research. Other interests include: historical geography; science and technology studies; geographies of material-culture; theories of practice.

Research Interests

Food and communities; Theories of consumption practices; Engaging citizens around food and farming issues

Vision Statement

My research is inspired by the urgent need to develop and promote types of farming and food consumption that are sustainable, just and resilient and that pay due care and attention to the needs of humans, animals and the natural environment. My work has focused on using novel practice-based approaches to understand the nature of the demand for food and drinks and to foster more sustainable eating and drinking practices. In an era in which many Western consumers are becoming increasingly detached from modern, often technologically-driven, farming practices, my work also seeks to encourage science-society dialogue about food production.

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animal welfare Earth & Environmental Sciences
farm Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Earth & Environmental Sciences
Corporate social responsibility Business & Economics
Animal welfare Business & Economics
Government regulation Business & Economics
Farm Business & Economics
Sustainable development Business & Economics

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Research Output 2015 2017

Food Labelling as a response to political consumption: Effects and Contradictions

Evans, A. & Miele, M. 1 May 2017 Routledge Handbook on Consumption. Keller, M., Halkier, B., Wilska, T-A. & Truninger, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 191-204 14 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Enacting public understandings: the case of farm animal welfare

Evans, A. & Miele, . U. 2016 In : Environment and Planning A. (In Press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

animal welfare


Evans, A. & Harvey, M. Oct 2015 Drinking Water: A Socio-economic Analysis of Historical and Societal Variation. Harvey, M. (ed.). Routledge, p. 45-71

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Corporate social responsibility and farm animal welfare: towards sustainable development in the food industry?

Lever, J. & Evans, A. 8 Dec 2015 CSR From Ideas to Impacts. Vertigans, S. & Idowu, S. (eds.). London: Springer, Vol. (In Press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Corporate social responsibility
Animal welfare
Government regulation
Sustainable development