Elizabeth joined Coventry University in 2010 and previously worked at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the 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. Her Masters research explored community food initiatives in Birmingham (UK) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
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 the postgraduate Research Methods module. Elizabeth is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Community food growing projects (also known as community gardens) provide a whole host of benefits for the people who engage in them, and for the places in which they are situated. Focusing on the case study of Lambeth, an inner-city London borough, this study aims to provide a better understanding of why ‘everyday citizens’ take part in community-based and estate-based food growing projects. This study uses a conceptual framework combining participation theory and a critical realist research philosophy to explore the internal and external drivers influencing citizen participation. In doing so, it takes into account the role of borough and city level food governance structures, organisations and initiatives supporting community food growing.
- Bywaters, P., Kwhali, J., Brady, G., Sparks, T., and Bos, E. (2016) ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Ethnic Inequalities in Child Protection and Out-of-Home Care Intervention Rates’. British Journal of Social Work. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw165
- Kneafsey, M., Owen, L., Bos, E., Broughton, K., and Lennartsson, M. (2016) 'Capacity Building for Food Justice in England: the Contribution of Charity-Led Community Food Initiatives'. Local Environment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2016.1245717
- Bos, E., Brown, G., Parsons, J., Brady, G., and Halliday, J. (2016) Supporting Rehabilitation: A pilot study exploring the role of community and land based models. Key Findings Report, Coventry University
- Brown, G., Bos, E., Brady, G., Kneafsey, M., and Glynn, M. (2016) ‘An Evaluation of the Master Gardener Programme at HMP Rye Hill: A Horticultural Intervention with Substance Misusing Offenders’. Prison Service Journal 225: 45-51
- Bos, E., and Owen, L. (2016) ‘Virtual reconnection: The online spaces of alternative food networks in England’. Journal of Rural Studies 45, 1-14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.02.016
- Bos, E., and Henry, N. (2015) Demonstrating Quality of Life Impacts: Home Improvement Loans for those experiencing Financial Exclusion. A report for Wessex Resolutions C.I.C, Coventry University
- Courtney, P., Schmutz, U., and Bos, E. (2014) Social Return on Investment for the Master Gardener Programme, Coventry University.
- Bos, E., and Kneafsey, M. (2014) Evaluation of Garden Organic’s Master Gardener Programme, Coventry University, November 2014.
- Kneafsey, M., Venn, L., Schmutz, U., Balaz, B., Trenchard, L., Eyden-Wood, T., Bos, E., Sutton, G., and Blackett, M. (2013) The Socio Economic Impact of Short Food Supply Chains in the European Union. JRC Scientific and Policy Reports, European Commission.
- The role of community and land-based interventions in supporting rehabilitation
- Elizabeth Bos (PI), Geraldine Brown, Geraldine Brady, working in partnership with Plymouth University. (2015).
- Demonstrating quality of life impacts: home improvement loans for those experiencing financial exclusion A report to Wessex Resolutions CIC undertaken by Elizabeth Bos, Dr Nick Henry
- Evaluation of the Master Gardener Programme at Rye Hill Prison: A Horticultural Intervention with Substance Misusing Offenders
- The Master Gardener Programme at HMP Rye Hill is funded by Public Health Northamptonshire and forms a partnership between Garden Organic, G4S, and the Substance Misuse team at HMP Rye Hill.
- Alternative Food Networks, Online Space and Reconnection: Elizabeth Bos (PI) and Luke Owen (2013-2014).
- Evaluations of the Master Gardener Programme: Moya Kneafsey (PI) and Elizabeth Bos (Co-PI) Evaluations of the programme have focused on the impacts of the programme at the national level (2011-2014), and in Medway (2013-2014) as well as calculating the Social Return on Investment (with Paul Courtney and Ulrich Schmutz) (2013-2014).
- FOODMETRES – Food Planning and Innovation for Sustainable Metropolitan Regions: Moya Kneafsey (PI), Ulrich Schmutz, Elizabeth Bos (Coventry University).
- Evaluation of the ‘Cook like a Caribbean and Food Heroes' projects: Geraldine Brown (PI) and Elizabeth Bos (Co-PI) (2014-2015).
- Evaluation of Garden Organic’s Sowing New Seeds project: Kevin Broughton (PI), Moya Kneafsey (Co-PI), Elizabeth Bos (2012-2013).
- Socio-economic impacts of Short Food Supply Chains in the European Union: Moya Kneafsey (PI), Laura Venn, Ulrich Schmutz, Balaz, B., Liz Trenchard, Trish Eyden-Wood, Elizabeth Bos, Gemma Sutton, Matthew Blackett.
- An evaluation of Bringing Hope's Second Chance Prison and Community Damascus Programme- evaluating the impact of the Damascus Road Second Chance Programme on offenders at HMP Birmingham.
- Deprivation and Inequalities in Children's Services Interventions, Paul Bywaters (PI), Geraldine Brady (Co-PI), Tim Sparks, Elizabeth Bos.