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Maddy Power
Research Fellow



Maddy Power is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. She currently holds an ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship expands her previous work on food aid and food insecurity in multi-faith, multi-ethnic contexts, including further research and publications on ethnic and religious variations in food insecurity. She is founder and former Chair of the York Food Justice Alliance, a cross-sector partnership addressing food insecurity at the local level, and Co-Chair of the Independent Food Aid Network. Maddy has previously held research positions in academia – most recently within IKnowFood – and the third sector, including The Equality Trust and the Resolution Foundation. She trained in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Maddy holds a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of York. 


  • BA (Hons) Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • MSc (Hons) Social Policy (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science
  • PhD Health Sciences, University of York



Research topics and methods include food insecurity, food aid (including food banks), income inequality and health, and mixed methods.


Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • Pickett, K.E. & Power, M. 2017. Group-density effect. In: Ellemers, N.., Derks, B., Van Nunspeet, F., Scheepers, D. & Van der Toorn, J. (eds.) World of Difference: A moral perspective on social inequality. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Power, M., Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. 2016 Inequality, economic democracy and sustainability. In: ISSC, IDS & UNESCO (eds.) World Social Science Report 2016: Challenging Inequalities: Pathways to a Just World. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Power, M. 2014. The Killing Fields of Inequality: Book Review. Journal of Social Policy, 43, 855-857. DOI:10.1017/S0047279414000476

External activities


  • Social Policy Association
  • Society for Social Medicine

Media coverage

Contact details

Dr Maddy Power
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1612)