Supermarket deliveries and backyard chickens: understanding

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This presentation discusses research that I conducted 2018-9 as part of the BBSRC-funded ResULTs project, which examines the contribution that upland sheep and cattle make to the resilience of the UK food system ( Using data from short interviews with 75 residents in our case study areas – North Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders, Skye/North Uist and Orkney – I describe how consumers in these remote and rural areas shop, as a means of thinking more broadly about the ways in which local food systems operate in remote and rural areas and what this implies for their resilience. As well as theories of household and community resilience, this work also draws on models of regional food supply chains and sociological approaches to mundane and habitual behaviours such as food shopping. I argue that food shopping practices improve household resilience by buffering against potential shortages, but that this takes place in a context of fragile rural supply chains that have been designed to take agricultural products out of these areas.
Period22 Jun 2021
Event titleFood and Food Systems in a time of insecurity: the 7th BSA Food Study Group Conference
Event typeConference
Locationn/a, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • upland farming
  • food shopping
  • consumer behaviour
  • local foods
  • resilience