Dr Hillary J. Shaw has held posts at the University of Southampton, where he conducted research into the effects on local communities of the expansion of Tesco supermarkets, also the University of Leeds and Audencia (Nantes Business School), France. His doctorate, awarded by the University of Leeds in 2004, addresses the economics, geography and sociology of food consumer choice and obesity, particularly the dynamics and evolution of the food desert phenomenon.
The author of many journal articles, book chapters and reports, his first monograph, The Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts and Obesity (Routledge 2014), examines the development of the current global food system and discusses how sustainable and accessible political and economic structures for feeding the future global population of ten billion can be achieved. A further monograph, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Justice and the Global Food Supply Chain (Routledge 2019), explores CSR in relation to food justice, food policy and the environment, the food retailing industry and its global supply chains.
Hillary is currently investigating the effects of austerity on the health and obesity of deprived regions of Britain, including South Wales, Manchester and Humberside.