Heat or Eat: Food and Austerity in Rural England Final Report

Hannah Lambie-Mumford, Carolyn Jane Snell, Elizabeth Dowler

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This research project explores the theme of food and austerity through the lens of one of the most high profile, yet under-evidenced, phenomena in the current era of austerity: the decision to ‘heat or eat’. With support from National Energy Action and the Trussell Trust foodbank Network and focusing on experiences in Cornwall, England, this project scrutinises the ‘heat or eat’ dilemma in a rural context, investigating the legitimacy and complexity of such claims, and critically assessing existing and potential policy responses.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCommunities and Culture Network+
Number of pages77
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Publication series

NameWorking Papers of the Communities & Culture Network +
PublisherCommunities & Culture Network +


  • Fuel poverty
  • austerity
  • rural communities
  • poverty

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