Heat or eat: food and austerity in rural England - final report

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Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Carolyn Snell and Elizabeth Dowler

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This research project explores the theme of food and austerity through the lens of one of the most high profile, yet under-evidenced, phenomena in the current era of austerity: the decision to ‘heat or eat’. With support from National Energy Action and the Trussell Trust
foodbank Network and focusing on experiences in Cornwall, England, this project scrutinises the ‘heat or eat’ dilemma in a rural context, investigating the legitimacy and complexity of such claims, and critically assessing existing and potential policy responses.


Rural Economics, Poverty, Income Dynamics and Household Economics