Dr Brídín Carroll BA, LLB, PhD

Teaching Associate

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Bridin Carroll

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Dr Carroll is a sustainability/social geographer who specialises in research and teaching in the areas of food geographies and sustainable consumption. Her doctoral research focused on the contested understandings of the social constructions of ‘local food’ and ‘sustainable food’ and examined the perceptions and values which consumers in Ireland hold in relation to these.

Qualifications

  • BA (Joint Honours) Geography and Legal Science 
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws)
  • PhD (Geography) The Nature of Food Localisms Among Consumers in Ireland: Defensive localisms, sustainability and reflexivity

Biography

Upon completing her undergraduate studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Dr Carroll worked in her home country of Ireland but satisfied her geographic curiosity by also spending time working abroad in Japan, Kuwait and Canada. Observations in these countries sparked a desire to engage with geographically-focused academic enquiry, specifically in food system sustainability. As a result she returned to her alma mater in 2009 after a six-year gap to undertake a structured PhD which she completed in 2013. 

Upon completion of her PhD Dr Carroll immediately took up a position as Teaching Associate in Human Geography in the University of Birmingham. She has been in this position from September 2013 until present. 

Teaching

Dr Carroll's teaching responsibilities at the University of Birmingham have included contributions to Social and Political Geography (GGM226); Research Methods for Dissertations (GGM201). She has also lead a first year field trip (Monmouth), co-lead a second year trip (Berlin), has supervised dissertation students (GGM301) and is personal tutor to undergraduate students of all levels. 

Research

  • Sustainable consumption
  • Food geographies
  • Neo-liberalism and food systems
  • Feminism
  • Multi-culturalism
  • Food and culture

Other activities

Dr Carroll is currently undertaking a small seed-corn funded research project on the topic of halal food, with colleague Dr Arshad Isakjee.

Publications

Peer Reviewed

Carroll, B. (2014) Sustainable Agrifood Systems, Effect on the Environment, in Albala, K. (ed.) Food Issues: An Encyclopedia. New York, Sage.

Carroll, B. (2012) Rhetoric of ‘Buy Irish Food’ campaigns: speaking to consumer values to valorise the ‘local’ and exclude ‘others’?, Irish Geography, 45, 1, 87-109.


Other

Lavelle, M.J., Carroll, B. & Fahy, F. (2012) Consensus Lifestyle Survey- Report on public attitudes and

behaviours towards sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland: (4) Food Consumption. 

National University of Ireland, Galway.

Lavelle, M.J., Carroll, B. & Fahy, F. (2012) Consensus Lifestyle Survey- Report on public attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland: (5) Food waste. National University of Ireland, Galway.

Carroll, B. (2012) Review of Alternative Food Networks: knowledge, practice, politics, by Goodman, D., DuPuis, M. & Goodman, M.K. (eds.) Environmental Values, 21, 4, 529-531.

Carroll, B. (2011) Review of Consuming Space: Placing Consumption in Perspective, by Goodman, M.K., Goodman, D. & Redclift, M. (eds.). Irish Geography, 44, 2-3, 336-338.


Selected Conference Papers

“Consumption for Sustainability: Examining the nature of perceptions of consumers in Ireland of local food  and whether a value-action gap exists”. Paper presented at the Place to Plate: New Connections in Food Research conference, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, UK. April 2nd 2012.

“To define or not to define: standardising the meaning of ’local food’ and the implications of this.” Paper presented at the AAG annual meeting, New York, USA. February 28th 2012

“Patterns of Engagement in ‘Buy Irish Food’ Campaigns: From Self-Sufficiency to Economic Protectionism.” Paper presented at the Conference of Irish Geographers (CIG), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. May 7th 2011.

“Consumer Perceptions of ‘Sustainable’ and ‘Local’ Food – a basis for examining Ireland.” Paper presented at the Leverhulme Project on Lifestyles and Life-courses and the Planning and Environment Research Group (RGS-IGB) workshop, University of Northampton, Northampton, UK. April 20th 2011.

“Tracing ‘buy Irish food’ campaigns: sustainability, austerity or protectionism?” Paper presented at the 

Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Seattle, USA. April 15th 2011.

“Patterns of Engagement in ‘Buy Irish Food’ Campaigns: From Self-Sufficiency to Economic Protectionism.” Paper presented at the 7th Annual Social Science Research Centre (SSRC) International Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland. March 26th 2011.

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