PhD Candidate - Alternative Food Systems, University of Essex

David Watson is a PhD research student in the Essex Business School at the University of Essex. His research focuses on community food initiatives and how participation in these impacts on well-being. David also holds an MA in Social Research Methods from the University of Essex and has previously undertaken research examining framing and appeal of the Transition Movement as well as action research with patient and service user groups. His current research is part of a wider research project led by Professor Steffen Böhm entitled ‘Assessing the contribution of local food systems to community well-being in the East of England’, co-funded by the East of England Cooperative Society. He is also involved in a number of local food projects and an enthusiastic forager and (former) chef.


  • 2012–present
    PhD Candidate, Essex Business School, University of Essex


  • 2010 
    University of Essex, MA Social Research
  • 2003 
    University of Sheffield, BA Philosohy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    ESRC Multidisciplinary funding for doctoral events
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council