Elizabeth Bos

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.​

Thesis title: A Multi-Scalar Exploration into the Internal and External Drivers of Citizen Participation in Community Food Growing Projects in Lambeth, London.

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. 


Professor Moya Kneafsey(Director of Studies) -  CAWR

Dr David Jarvis - CBiS

Kevin Broughton - CBiS

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