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Adrian Evans

Senior Research Fellow

My Research Vision

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. 

BIOGRAPHY

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.

SELECTED OUTPUTS

  • Evans A B and Miele M (2012) "Between food and flesh: how animals are made to matter (and not matter) within food consumption practices" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30, 298-314.
  • Miele M, Veissier I, Evans A and R. Botreau (2011) Establishing a dialogue between science and society about animal welfare. Animal Welfare 20 (1), 103-117.
  • Miele M and Evans A (2010) When foods become animals, ruminations on ethics and responsibility in care-full spaces of consumption. Ethics, Place and Environment 13 (2), 171-190.
  • Evans A (2008) Enlivening the archive: glimpsing embodied consumption practices in probate inventories of household possessions. Historical Geography 36, 40-72.
  • Higgin M, Evans A and Miele M (2011) A good kill: socio-technical organisations of farm animal slaughter in Charles N and Carter R (Eds) ‘Human and Other Animals: Critical Perspectives’ Palgrave: London.
  • Keeling L, Evans A, Forkman B, Kjaernes U (2013) Welfare Quality principles and criteria in Blokhuis H, Miele M, Veissier I and Jones B ‘Improving farm animal welfare. Science and society working together: the Welfare Quality approach’ Wageningen Academic Publishers: Wageningen.
  • Evans A and Miele M (2008) Consumers’ views about farm animal welfare. Part II: European compative report based on focus group research ISBN 1-902647-83-1.
  • Miele M, Evans A and Higgin M (2010) Comparative citizen jury report: The results of a dialogue between citizens and experts regarding farm animal welfare in the UK, Norway and Italy Deliverable: D4.17 Sub task: 4.4.1.1 EU Food-CT-2004-506508.
  • Blackler F, Evans A and  Zivotofski A (2010) Final report consumer and consumption issues: halal and kosher focus group results. Deliverable D3.1 for DIALREL EU SSA-43075.
  • Evans A (2009) Religious slaughter and the consumption of kosher and halal foods in the UK: the media debate. Sub-deliverable report for use in D4.2 for DIALREL EU SSA-43075.

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • Welfare Quality: The Welfare Quality® project focused on the integration of animal welfare in the food quality chain: from public concern to improved welfare and transparent quality. The project aimed to accommodate societal concerns and market demands, to develop reliable on-farm monitoring systems, product information systems, and practical species-specific strategies to improve animal welfare. 
  • DIALREL: The DIALREL project was an EU-funded FP6 ‘specific support action’ which was designed to address issues relating to the practice of religious slaughter and the nature of the market for halal and kosher foods. The project also researched consumption practices and the views and concerns of kosher and halal consumers. 
  • Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG): The Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG) provided a new perspective on issues of sustainability by understanding everyday actions and behaviours in terms of social practices rather than personal preferences. In particular, through a range of detailed empirical case studies on housing, eating, drinking, cooling and water usage, SPRG shed light on the cultural, social, infrastructural and institutional processes that shape everyday practices in more or less sustainable ways. SPRG also investigated and proposed novel techniques and policy approaches for intervening in these practices to foster more sustainable and just societies.
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