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Since 1997 my research has followed two inter-related strands. On one hand, and ever since working on my PhD, I have been interested in how ‘traditional’ cultural resources are commodified for tourism, especially in European rural contexts. On the other, I am intrigued by attempts to ‘reconnect’ consumers, producers and food through ‘alternative’, local and short food supply chains. Both strands are connected by a critical interest in how to develop social and economic practices which are sustainable, fair and ethically sound. I have undertaken projects on cultural tourism, quality products, rural development and community participation in food production and I’ve also conducted research on consumer perceptions of food security.

My work has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the European Commission and Garden Organic.

I currently lead the ‘Community Self-Organization for Resilience’ research theme at Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience .


Research Interests

Culture economies; Participatory research methods; Short food chains, local and community food initiatives; Reforming food systems to deliver sustainable, resilient and socially just development

Vision Statement

Underpinning all my research interests is a desire to undertake work that contributes to the formation of more sustainable, resilient and ethically sound livelihoods and lifestyles. Through my current focus on food chains and community food initiatives, I want to develop critical insight into the social and economic innovations which have the potential to deliver human health and wellbeing, without destroying vital planetary resources. My aim is to undertake research which is collaborative in style and accessible and meaningful to as many different audiences as possible.


  • G Geography (General)
  • Short food chains
  • community resilience
  • food justice
  • local development

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Projects 2007 2020

Research Output 1998 2019

21 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

The economic performance of urban gardening in three European cities – examples from Ljubljana, Milan and London

Glavan, M., Schmutz, U., Williams, S., Corsi, S., Monaco, F., Kneafsey, M., Guzman Rodriguez, P. A., Čenič-Istenič, M. & Pintar, M., 1 Dec 2018, In : Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 36, p. 100-122 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
economic performance
family and consumer science
8 Citations (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)

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., 2017, In : Local Environment. 22, 5, p. 621-634 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
capacity building

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

7 Citations (Scopus)
46 Downloads (Pure)

Food beyond the City – Analysing Foodsheds and Self-Sufficiency under different Food System Scenarios in European Metropolitan Regions

Zasada, I., Schmutz, U., Wascher, D., Kneafsey, M., Corsi, S., Mazzocchi, C., Monaco, F., Boyce, P., Doernberg, A., Sali, G. & Piorr, A., 12 Jun 2017, In : City, Culture and Society. 16 (2019), p. 25-35 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
self sufficiency
metropolitan region

Activities 1998 2019

  • 18 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity

Sustainability (Journal)

Sara Burbi (Guest Editor), Ulrich Schmutz (Guest Editor), Moya Kneafsey (Guest Editor)
Jan 2019Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research innovation

Moya Kneafsey (Speaker)
26 Jan 201628 Jan 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Eating well: experience and value in meals

Moya Kneafsey (Speaker)
27 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Digital Heritage and Innovation, Engagement and Identity Conference

Moya Kneafsey (Session Chair)
12 Nov 201513 Nov 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015

Moya Kneafsey (Panel Member)
1 Sep 20154 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference