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portrait of Dr Annabel de Frece

Dr Annabel de Frece

IFSTAL Teaching Fellow

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Contact Information


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D110, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Annabel is a Teaching Fellow on the IFSTAL (Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning IFSTAL) project at City's Centre for Food Policy. She shares this post with Rebecca Wells and both are based in the Centre for Food Policy. IFSTAL is a postgraduate, multi-disciplinary, inter-university project which aims to promote food systems thinking in order to address the global food crisis. Annabel’s background is in agricultural livelihoods and the links between policy, the environment and social and cultural systems. Her doctoral research in the Yucatán, Mexico explored local meanings attached to the milpa and the interactions between farmers, development interventions and environmental narratives. She has taught on both undergraduate and post graduate courses in the fields of development studies and gender. Her interests include knowledge systems relating to the environment, development and inequality, teaching methods and pedagogy. She has conducted research in Ghana and India and she is also a distance learning tutor and course author at CEDEP/SOAS teaching gender and social inequality.


  1. PhD Development Sociology, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
  2. MSc Rural Resources and Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, [Wye], United Kingdom
  3. BA (Hons) Development Studies and Geography, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom


  1. BASc Dissertation Supervision, University College London, UK, University College London, London, Oct 2016 – Jun 2017
  2. Guest Lecturer, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Jan 2011 – Jan 2012
  3. Sessional Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London, London, Jan 2010 – Jan 2011
  4. Distance Learning Tutor, Dissertation Supervisor and Course Author, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 2007 – present


Spanish - Latin American (can understand spoken).


Geographic Areas

  • Africa
  • Africa - Western
  • Americas - Latin
  • Americas - South


  1. de Frece, A. and Poole, N. (2008). Constructing livelihoods in Rural Mexico: Milpa in Mayan culture. Journal of Peasant Studies, 35(2), pp. 335–352. doi:10.1080/03066150802151090.


  1. Poole,, N. and de Frece, A. (2010). ‘A Review of Existing Organisational Forms of Smallholder Farmers’ Associations and their Contractural Relationships with other Market Participants in the East and Southern African ACP Region’. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Other Activities

Online article

  1. How can we train people in Food Systems Thinking? The IFSTAL experience. (2017). Blog: Dispatches from the Centre for Food Policy co-authored with Dr Annabel de Frece