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Katharine Cresswell Riol

PhD Candidate

Tel +64 3 4703569

Kitty Cresswell Riol_latest (160)Katharine is a PhD student at the University of Otago, collaborating between the Centre for Sustainability and Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology. Before this, she completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Educational Studies at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. She was born in England and, as well as Germany and New Zealand, she has also lived in Australia and Canada, and traveled throughout Europe.

Since she was young, Katharine has been actively involved in various human rights campaigns and social movements. However, it was through her Master’s degree that she honed in on the right to adequate food. She is particularly interested in the immunity afforded powerful states and the corporate sector in regard to right to adequate food violations, the lack of accountability and enforcement mechanisms in place, and the neoliberal structure that sustains this overall state of affairs.


Katharine's PhD research is titled  "The Political Nature of Food Banks"

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Cresswell Riol, K. (2017). The political nature of food banks. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance. (pp. 26). Retrieved from

Cresswell Riol, K. S. E. (2017). The right to food guidelines, democracy and citizen participation: Country case studies. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 216p.