Heat or Eat: Food and Austerity in Rural England Interim 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’. In the context of rising costs of living, stagnating incomes and extensive reforms to the welfare state including social security, there is increased policy discussion about households having to make stark choices between ‘heating and eating’ (Hansard 2012; 2014).
This interim report is of the first phase of the research a literature review.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCommunities and Culture Network+
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

Publication series

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


  • Fuel poverty
  • austerity
  • rural communities
  • poverty

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