Mags Adams is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Salford University. Her food related research interests include concerns about food poverty and food waste redistribution, and the relationship between people and their food landscapes. She uses sensory ethnographic methodologies and participatory engagement tools to work with research participants to understand the geographies of food and poverty. She teaches across the Geography and Environmental Management programmes at Salford University introducing students to concerns about food security and food justice, and supervises undergraduate students on a consultancy module undertaking a piece of research for an external client. She has recently worked closely with Real Food Wythenshawe and Pendleton Together on food related projects.
She is the co-founder and Chair of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers Food Geographies Working Group. She has worked at Lancaster University as a senior research fellow and at Landcare Research New Zealand as the Sustainable Urban Settlements Research Team Leader and Senior Researcher. Previous work has focused on sensory environments, soundscapes and soundwalks, urban spaces and wellbeing, perceptions of urban environmental quality, mobility through the life course and the role of uncertainty in environmental decision making. She is particularly interested in working with research participants in the field and has devised sensory walking methods to engage ‘expert’ and ‘lay’ participants in deliberations about environments, policy and social interaction.