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Maddy Power
Research Fellow



Maddy Power is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. Her research focuses on inequalities in access to food, the lived experience of poverty and food insecurity, and emergency food systems.

Her research has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She currently holds a Wellcome Trust fellowship in Humanities and Social Science.  The Fellowship expands her previous work on ethnic inequalities in access to food and the impact of 'whiteness' on emergency food systems.

She is Co-Chair of trustees of the Independent Food Aid Network and founder of the York Food Justice Alliance. Prior to entering academia, Maddy worked in the third sector, including The Equality Trust, the Resolution Foundation, and the campaigning organisation, 38 Degrees. 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)