The problem of access to food, particularly foods integral to a healthy diet, for low income households in poor neighbourhoods in British cities became an increasingly important social exclusion/public health issue during the 1990s. The report of the Social Exclusion Unit `Bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal, presented to Parliament in September 1998 argued that, `some areas [of Britain] have become "food deserts" exacerbating the problems those on low-incomes face in affording a healthy diet. In this project a multidisciplinary team of geographers, retail planning experts, and public health nutritionists, supported by J. Sainsbury plc, as the industrial partner, will provide a multi-faceted evaluation of `food deserts in British cities as a contribution to the social exclusion and health inequalities debates in the UK and their policy implications. Within three cities, the team will consider how retail development has altered access to food, what constitutes a `food desert, and where the `food deserts are located. In addition, within one selected `food desert a major before/after study of the impact of the opening of a large new food superstore will be conducted - investigating the effect of significantly altered levels of accessibility on the food consumption patterns of low-income households



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Non-Technical Summary

Author: Neil Wrigley Date: 22 July 2005 Research summary

Measuring physical access to ‘healthy food’ in areas of social deprivation : a case study in Cardiff

Author: C Guy Date: 01 January 2004 Journal article

Food retail change and the growth of ‘Food deserts’ : a case study of Cardiff

Author: C Guy Date: 01 January 2004 Journal article

The Leeds ‘Food deserts’ intervention study : what the focus group revealed

Author: N Wrigley Date: 01 January 2004 Journal article

Deprivation, diet, and food-retail access : findings from the Leeds ‘food deserts’ study

Author: N Wrigley Date: 01 January 2003 Journal article

Arid debates

Author: C Guy Date: 01 January 2002 Journal article

Accessing the impact of improved retail access in the ‘food desert’ : a preliminary report

Author: N Wrigley Date: 01 January 2002 Journal article

'Food deserts’ in British cities : policy context and research priorities

Author: N Wrigley Date: 01 January 2002 Journal article

Deriving indicators of access to food retail provision in British cities : studies of Cardiff, Leeds and Bradford

Author: G P Clarke Date: 01 January 2002 Journal article

Life in a ‘food desert’

Author: N Wrigley Date: 01 January 2002 Journal article

Urban regeneration, social inclusion and large store development : the Seacroft development in context

Author: N Wrigley Date: 01 January 2002 Journal article

Planning out the food deserts

Author: L Cannings Date: 01 January 2001 Journal article

Desert song?

Author: C Guy Date: 01 January 1999 Journal article

Start date
31 March 2000
End date
29 June 2004
Grant holder
Professor Neil Wrigley
Co-applicants
Professor Barrie Margetts
Professor Alan Anthony Jackson
Professor Michelle Lowe
Grant amount
£235,842.49
Grant reference
L135251002
Discipline
Human Geography
Grant type