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Food poverty has been defined as the inability to afford or access a healthy diet, and is becoming recognised as a public health emergency. The Food Poverty Forum included four talks from academics with expertise in food poverty and three research activities. UK food policy expert, Professor Martin Caraher, was the keynote speaker at the Forum.

UUBS colleagues presented on the following topics

  • Dr Sinéad Furey – The issue of food poverty and overview of UUBS food affordability research;
  • Emma Beacom – Food poverty definition and measurement; and
  • Natasha McClelland – Food poverty mapping.

UUBS colleagues have a reputation in food policy and food poverty research and our work has informed various food policy issues.  Dissemination to food poverty-engaged stakeholders will contribute significantly to our future research direction in this area.

“UUBS research has found that between one in five and one in three householders here have some symptom of food poverty… they’re worried about not affording enough food … or are actively skipping meals…”

Dr Sinéad Furey, Ulster University Business School