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Research Interests

Participation, sustainability, reconnection, communities and citizens, partnerships, recovery, wellbeing, community gardens, food growing, social impact.


Elizabeth joined Coventry University in 2010 and previously worked at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), University of Gloucestershire. In 2009, Elizabeth gained a BA (Hons) in Human Geography from Coventry University, and in 2010, was awarded an MSc in Urban Regeneration Research and Policy from the University of Birmingham. She completed her PhD (part time, Coventry University) in 2018: 'Reconnections in the City: The Drivers of Community Garden Participation'.

Elizabeth has undertaken and contributed towards a large number of research projects including research exploring the social/economic/environmental impact of various programmes and initiatives, and international, EU-funded projects. Elizabeth undertakes research with seeks to understand the experiences individuals and communities, who in some instances have experienced various forms of marginalisation or exclusion. Elizabeth has also worked in partnership with a range of partners and third sector organisations, and is experienced in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Elizabeth lectures on a number of modules including the third year module Geographies of Food and Farming, and postgraduate Research Methods modules. Elizabeth is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Area of Expertise:

  • community participation
  • forms of reconnection (urban, rural, virtual)
  • sustainable behaviour
  • alternative / community-based food production activity 
  • community gardens
  • land based interventions


Vision Statement

My research interests lie in the area of sustainable (and alternative) means of living to achieve a more socially just, inclusive and fairer society. Therefore, I have an interest in the generation of social value and societal change, particularly for communities and individuals who may experience multiple forms of marginalisation. Based on principles of participation, community empowerment and development, my work holds a common theme of ‘reconnection’, both socially and physically. I am particularly interested in food production activities, the role of the land, and co-productive forms of working to influence individual, community and societal change, which takes into account the wider structural influences and conditions at play affecting people’s behaviours and shaping their experiences.


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Research Output 2011 2017

Consuming Rural Connections: Tracing Leeks Back to Their Roots

Kneafsey, M., Venn, L. & Bos, E. Aug 2017 Transforming the Rural: Global Processes and Local Futures . Marsden, T., Miele, M., Higgins, V., Bjørkhaug, H. & Truninger, M. (eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 221-243 23 p. (Research in Rural Sociology and Development; vol. 24)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
correctional institution
Open Access
correctional institution
4 Citations

Capacity building for food justice in England: The contribution of charity-led community food initiatives

Kneafsey, M., Owen, L., Bos, E., Broughton, K. & Lennartsson, M. 24 Oct 2016 In : Local Environment. 22, 5, p. 621-634 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
capacity building

Activities 2011 2018

  • 18 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Public Engagement Event

Food, Communities and Sustainability Workshop

Bos, E. (Speaker)
1 May 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

FBL Internal Research Conference

Bos, E. (Speaker)
29 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017

Bos, E. (Speaker)
29 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science Week

Bos, E. (Speaker)
9 Nov 2017

Activity: Public Engagement Event

Faculty of Business and Law Annual Research Conference 2016

Bos, E. (Speaker)
30 Jun 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

ESRC Festival of Social Science event - Showcasing Community Food Growing in Lambeth

Elizabeth Bos


1 item of media coverage, 2 media contributions

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Showcasing Community Food Growing in Lambeth

Elizabeth Bos


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

New approaches to tackling reoffending

Elizabeth Bos


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other