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Hastings Bites Back is the working title for a new community-university food research project and I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon taking pictures of a pair of wind-up false teeth to promote it.
Who’s doing the research?
The idea is to get together a group of people in Hastings who want to do some food research with me, a researcher at the University of Brighton in Hastings. If you’re reading this, you might be one of the people I’ve met and badgered into siging up.
To be part of the research team, you don’t have to have any research experience, although obviously some of you will. It’s a totally open and democratic project at the moment. I have no idea how many people will want to join in – it could be 3 or it could be 103.
What’s the research about?
I have no idea what we’ll research. That’s up to us.
It has to be social or cultural because I can’t help you with material sciences. It could be historical. It could be looking at food on film, food banks, fast food adverts, changing food tastes, grocery shopping, allotments, binge drinking. It could be about public health or environmental concerns. Or lost food industries or future food industries. You might want to use research to set up a food co-op or help people with dementia. Or make a short film. And many other things I can’t even imagine.
Anyone who wants to join can email me at A.email@example.com or return one of the postcards. Please say what kinds of food-related topics you’re interested in, and we’ll use that to narrow down the topic at our first meeting.
What kind of research is it?
The team will decide its own research methods. I’d like to organise a talk or workshops on research methods, so people can find out what’s possible. We might also decide to split into smaller working groups, according to our skills or interests. So one person might do interviews while another analyses tourist brochures or combs the local archives.
When will we do this?
We have until spring 2016 to put together a detailed plan for the research project, so we can apply for seed funding from the University of Brighton’s Community University Partnership Programme or CUPP . The aim is to produce the research during 2016.
If you live or work in the Hastings area please join us. If you know someone else who might like to join in – please spread the word! Hastings Bites Back: firstname.lastname@example.org
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