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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 scientific 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 UK and international universities and research networks
  • develop theoretical and empirical research into the benefits of veganism 
  • promote knowledge-transfer
  • collect data and provide insights
  • advise on quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • 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 and relationships 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

Dr. Kaisu Koski, Vegan Society Research Advisory Committee member

Dr. Kaisu Koski

Sheffield Hallam University

Stacy Banwell, Vegan Society Research Advisory Committee member

Stacy Banwell

Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Greenwich

Vegan Society RAC Member, Dr Angie Pepper

Dr Angie Pepper

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Roehampton

Chris Till, Vegan Society Research Advisory Committee

Dr Chris Till

Leeds Beckett University

Luiz Gustavo Silva Souza, Vegan Society RAC member

Luiz Gustavo Silva Souza

Kingston University (London)

Catherine Oliver, RAC member

Catherine Oliver

Lancaster University

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


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