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Dr Rebecca Sandover

Dr Rebecca Sandover

Associate Research Fellow

 Amory D286


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


Currently researching Social Food Networks via a project with Food Exeter. (alongside Prof. Stewart Barr) using deliberative research methods to co-develop strategies for developing effective local food networks that can contribute to a range of sustainability-related environmental, social and economic goals. With a focus on the processes and practices of the network, this project is running a community focused workshop, hosted on a local farm, to explore the development of the network.

Previously worked on Prof. Stephen Hinchliffe's Contagion project that is investigating the diffusion of ideas and cultural change through the means of social media as well as exploring such diffusions within the financial sector and through the spread of disease.

I have completed my PhD at The University of Exeter that researched cultural Allotment practices. This was undertaken on two allotment sites in Somerset. I am active within both Geography's NAMBIO research group as well as The RGS-IBG Social Cultural Geography Research Group where I was a postgraduate rep between 2011-2013 and am now the Conference Officer.

Broad Research Interests:

  • Visceral Learning
  • Relational Materialism
  • Alternative Food Networks
  • Community Engagement
  • Exploring Viral Processes
  • Social Media


PhD (University of Exeter)
BA (Hons) (University of Exeter)


Research projects

Thesis Title: Doing Food-Knowing Food: An exploration of allotment practices and the production of knowledge through visceral engagement-

Funding Body: I am a recipient of a Geography, University of Exeter, bursary. This has led to teaching opportunities throughout the Geography department, including achieving a LTHE qualification.

Project Description

This research focused on two case-studies in Somerset which directs the lens of enquiry onto participants growing their own produce, as part of Local Food Projects. Through this I investigated- How practical knowledge is enacted through embodied practices on the plots- How this study extends knowledge of material, visceral encounters -How allotment practices explore alternative food practices through emplaced, visceral methods -How such an investigation extends understandings of agency in nature-society relations -How qualitative research practices can be extended to include cooking methods.


RGS Conference 2011 - Community Groups Growing Veg: Re-skilling and Reconnection through Allotments
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