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The Research Advisory Committee

Encouraging collaboration between The Vegan Society as a community of practice and academia:

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) supports staff and trustees of The Vegan Society by conducting and sharing academic and other research relevant to veganism. Committee members give specialist advice, act as peer reviewers, recommend references, and support our research and campaigns activities by ensuring our work is academically robust.

The RAC helps The Vegan Society to:

  • link up with universities and research networks
  • develop research into the benefits of veganism 
  • promote knowledge-transfer
  • pursue joint funding opportunities for research or outreach
  • influence student research projects on specific areas of interest
  • support postgraduate members of the Researcher Network

And The Vegan Society supports the RAC to:

  • foster cross-disciplinary collaboration e.g. environment and health
  • improve networking with other researchers in the same discipline
  • be involved in public engagement and understanding
  • assist with funding opportunities for research or outreach
  • access research participants and promote vegan-related research projects via our social media channels

The Research Advisory Committee is co-ordinated by Research Assistant, Alex Huntley, Research & Impact Manager, Dr Lorna Fenwick McLaren, and RAC Chair, Dr Richard Twine. If you would like more information about becoming a member of the Committee, please contact Alex with a brief biography and your research expertise/interests. Please note that members of the RAC are not volunteers for The Vegan Society and do not speak on The Vegan Society's behalf.

Meet our Research Advisory Committee

Areti Smaragdi, Vegan Society RAC member

Areti Smaragdi

Director, Smaragdi Consulting Ltd

Professor Jeffrey Soar, Vega Society Research Advisory Committee Member

Professor Jeffrey Soar

University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Dr Emilia Quinn, Vegan Society RAC Member

Dr Emelia Quinn

Assistant Professor of World Literatures & Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam

Jack Coffin

Dr Jack Coffin

University of Manchester

Dr Matthew Cole

Dr Matthew Cole

The Open University

Dr Jared Piazza

Dr Jared Piazza

Lecturer in Psychology, Lancaster University

Dr Steve Cooke

Dr Steve Cooke

Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Leicester

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