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Social Anthropology

Lauren Blake

After graduating from Manchester in 2007 I went to Guatemala to study Spanish.

I stayed on to volunteer in a local grassroots non-governmental organisation on education and environmentalism projects funded by eco-tourism.

Upon return I worked as a project coordinator for a year and a half in a charity tackling domestic abuse in the UK, working closely with the government.

I was also assisting nutrition cookery workshops in my spare time.

In 2010 I decided to return to full time education and studied an MA in the Anthropology of Food. During this year I also worked on a research project for the Food Standards Agency's social science research unit.

For my dissertation I returned to Guatemala to conduct ethnographic research on malnutrition and intervention projects, funded by the Tropical Agriculture Association.

Having been inspired by my research experiences and being back in academia, I am now undertaking a PhD in a collaborative project with the British Library on food activism.