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Clair Woods-Brown moved from a 20 year career teaching English and psychology to secondary pupils to do an MSc in Gastronomy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The course is the only one of its kind in the UK and is supported by the Scottish Government's Good Food Nation initiative. The course examines food consumption from social, political, cultural and psychological perspectives. She received her MSc with distinction. Her dissertation examined Facebook message boards for evidence of a gendered and stigmatising 'epidemic' discourse of overweight and obesity.
Clair’s PhD will focus on the transformative nature of food and how it might be used in the prison setting to improve offender outcomes. Her interest in prison research stems from volunteer work she undertook with the Samaritans in Corton Vale women's prison. Clair is very interested in Foucauldian theories of power and identity and how these are manifest in the custody setting.