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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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    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.

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    • 18 Participation in conference
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Sustainability (Journal)

    Sara Burbi (Guest Editor), Ulrich Schmutz (Guest Editor), Moya Kneafsey (Guest Editor)
    1 Jan 201931 Dec 2020

    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

    RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015

    Moya Kneafsey (Panel Member)
    1 Sep 20154 Sep 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

    Oxford Real Farming Conference

    Moya Kneafsey (Speaker)
    6 Jan 20157 Jan 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference