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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 advice, recommend references and speak on behalf of The Vegan Society at external events and in the media.

The RAC helps The Vegan Society to:

  • link up with universities and research networks
  • develop study of all angles on the benefits of veganism 
  • pursue joint funding opportunities for research or outreach
  • influence student research projects on specific areas of interest
  • research support for political advocacy and media work

And The Vegan Society supports the RAC to:

  • reach media and policy audiences more effectively
  • 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
  • find out more about who is 'becoming vegan'

The Research Advisory Committee is co-ordinated by Research Officer, Dr Lorna Brocksopp and our Chair, Dr Richard Twine. If you would like more information about becoming a member of the Committee, please contact Lorna with a brief biography and your research expertise/interests.

Meet our Research Advisory Committee

Dr Richard Twine (Chair of RAC)

Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS) at Edge Hill University.

Professor Barry Smart

Professor of Sociology; School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. University of Portsmouth

Professor Kay Peggs

Department of Criminology and Sociology Kingston University

Professor Claire Parkinson

Professor of Film, TV and Digital Media; Media Department, Edgehill University

Abi Masefield

Independent consultant. Advisor to the EU Development section. PhD candidate Centre for Human Animal Studies, Edge Hill University

Dr Bob McKay

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Assistant Director of Learning and Teaching; English, University of Sheffield

Dr Alex Lockwood

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland

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