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Kelli Kennedy

BA Double Major Political Science and Women's Studies, California State University, Fresno
MA Comparative and International Social Policy, University of York


Thesis supervisor

Thesis title

Universal Credit and Food (In)Security: Can Universal Credit be Reformed to Reduce Food Insecurity or is a Targeted Food Program the Solution? A US-UK Policy Transfer Analysis

Thesis summary

The thesis will attempt to explore policy solutions to the UK's food insecurity crisis. The project will explore whether Universal Credit can sufficiently be altered to address food insecurity or if the UK requires a more direct approach such as that of the United States' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

This shall be investigated under the lens of food insecurity policy research while utilising a theoretical policy transfer with the United States as a secondary research approach.

The goal of the study is to devise a nuanced discussion of the policy options for the United Kingdom with a realistic policy recommendation to conclude.

Research interests

  • Food (In)Security
  • Policy Design
  • Comparative Politics


  • GTA Introducing Social Policy Module

Contact details

Kelli Kennedy
PhD student, SPSW