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Natalie Neumann

Sociology department

E: natalie.neumann@city.ac.uk

Supervisors: Professor Martin Caraher and Professor Debra Salmon

PhD Title: What is policy’s role in supporting farmers’ markets in Europe: are they reaching all levels of society and creating equality in access to locally farmed and nutritious food?

Brief description of research topic

Food poverty, food access inequality, and diet-related health inequality are a growing problem in Europe. At the same time, the negative impact of the current agricultural and food system on the environment is evident.

Farmers’ markets can provide access to fresh fruit and vegetables in communities while supporting small-scale farmers and offer multiple benefits for producers, consumers and the environment.

The aim of my research is to understand policy’s role, specifically in the context of Urban Food Strategies, in the distribution of farmers’ markets in urban areas in Europe and their role in an equitable and sustainable food system.

Research Interests

  • Access to healthy food in urban environments
  • Inequalities in access to healthy food
  • Sustainable diets
  • Environmental impacts of the food system
  • Public health
  • Food security
  • Food policy


  • 2016-present: PhD Candidate, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
  • 2011-2012: MSc Global Health and Development, University College London
  • 2009-2011: MSc Clinical Molecular Medicine (Distinction), University of Maastricht
  • 2006-2009: BSc Molecular Life Science, University of Maastricht, Netherlands