Dr Hillary Shaw

Job: Visiting Fellow

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7826

E: hillary.shaw@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

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.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Research interests/expertise

Sustainable economic development, austerity and inequality, corporate social responsibility, the integration of global and local food systems

Areas of teaching

Consumer economics and sociology, particularly in relation to diet and health, corporate social responsibility, food retailing, business ethics, economic geography


BA Hons (University of Lancaster) 1992

PhD (University of Leeds) 2004

Key articles information


  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Justice and the Global Food Supply Chain (2019) Routledge, 240pp.  An interdisciplinary exploration of the effectiveness of regulatory frameworks and current CSR initiatives, in relation to the supermarket industry and national and global food supply chains.
  • The Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts and Obesity (2014) Routledge, 210 pp)  An interdisciplinary critical analysis of the various spatial and non-spatial factors mediating inter alia food access, economics, health and diet.


  • Community & Communications 2018 This book, available on Amazon or (with preview) at http://fooddeserts.org/images/Bookshop.htm  A comprehensive encyclopaedia of essential socio-demographic and economic information on every country in the world; uniquely it traces the evolution of a wide range of societal data back for several centuries, providing data unavailable anywhere else on the Internet

 Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘Mapping the technologies of spatial (in)justice in the Anthropocene’, Information and Communications Technology Law Vol.25(1) (2016) pp. 32-49
  • ‘The politics and poetics of spaces and places: mapping the multiple geographies of identity in a cultural posthuman era', Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change Vol.12(3) (2015) pp.234-256
  • ‘From fact to feeling: an explication of the mimetic relation between law language and emotion’, Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues, Vol. 35(1), (2014) pp. 42-64
  • ‘CSR and Food Retailing: The Advantages of Being a Lesser God’, Journal of Business and Retail Management Research, Vol. 6, issue 2, (2012), pp. 15-26
  • ‘Recent advancements in European employment law: Towards a transformative legal formula for preventing workplace ageism’, International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Vol. 26(3), (2010), pp. 273-294
  • ‘Resisting the Hallucination of the Hypermarket’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Vol. 5, No 1, (2008), pp. 1-30
  • ‘Food access diet and health in the UK: an empirical study of Birmingham’, British Food Journal, Vol. 114, Issue 4, (2012), pp. 598-616
  • ‘Access to healthy food in Nantes, France’, British Food Journal, Vol. 114, Issue 2, (2012), pp. 224-238
  •  ‘Business Education, Aesthetics and the Rule of Law: Cultivating the Moral Manager’, Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3, (2010), pp. 469-486
  • ‘The Rise of Corporatocracy in a Disenchanted Age’, Human Geography, Vol. 1, No. 1, (2008), pp. 95-105

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • ‘Lefebvre and the inequity of obesity: slim chance of food justice for the urban poor’, in The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society, edited by Dr Michael E Leary-Owhin and Dr John P McCarthy (2018)
  • ‘Corporate Social Responsibility is not a ‘one stop shop’: a decade of changing relationships between Tesco and the local community in Hampshire, UK’ in ‘Innovative Approaches to Corporate Responsibility and Governance: A Regulatory Dimension’, edited by Edwin Mujih & David Crowther, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, (2017), pp.159-176
  • ‘The Food Desert Phenomenon’, in The Reducetarian Solution, B. Kateman (ed.), New York: Penguin Random House (2017), pp.210-212
  • ‘A Philosophical Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons from Kant’s Transcendental Idealism as an Exercise In Life Against Kelsen’s Formalistic Legal Theory as an Exercise In Logic’ in Ethics, Governance and Corporate Crime: Challenges and Consequences D. Crowther, R. Said & A. Amran (eds), in the Developments in Corporate Governance and Responsibility Series, Emerald Publishing, Bradford, (2014) pp. 177-212
  • ‘Economic Accountability, Regulatory Reform and Ethical Management: Towards a New Language of Largesse’, Human Dignity and Managerial Responsibility: Diversity, Rights, and Sustainability, edited by A.M. Dávila Gómez and D.E.A. Crowther, Gower Publishing, Aldershot, (2012), pp. 41-57
  • ‘Overcoming barriers to healthy eating faced by ethnic minorities in the UK’,  in Marketing Opportunities from Ethnic Religious and Cultural Diversity, edited by A Lindgreen and M Hingley, Routledge, Abingdon, UK, (2016), pp 21-36
  • ‘The Regulatory and Legal Framework of Corporate Governance’, in A Handbook of Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility, edited by  G Aras and D Crowther, Gower Publishing, Aldershot, (2009), pp. 191-210
  • ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and ‘Little Fleas’: Small is Beautiful’, in Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs, edited by G Aras and D Crowther, Research Series: Issues in Corporate Behaviour and Sustainability, Social Responsibility Research Network  (2009), pp. 89-102

 Book Reviews

  • The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: The Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies,, edited by David E Sahn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, The Journal of International Development, Vol. 28(4) (2016) pp. 645-646
  • ‘The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle’s Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science’ by Daniel M. Gross, University of Chicago Press, Emotion, Space and Society, Vol. 5(1) (2012) pp. 71-73
  • ‘The Obesity Epidemic’ Zoe Harcombe, Columbus Publishing, Obesity Reviews, Vol. 12, issue 9, (2011) p. 756
  • ‘The Durable Corporation: Strategies for Sustainable Development’ Guler Aras and David Crowther, Gower UK, International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 51, No. 6, (2009), pp. 458-460
  • ‘The Degradation of the International Legal Order? The Rehabilitation of Law and the Possibility of Politics’, B. Bowring, Routledge-Cavendish, Law and Society Review Vol. 43(3), (2009) pp. 722-724
  • ‘Mapping Worlds’, ed. Rob Kitchin, Routledge, London, Tijdschrift Journal of Economic and Social Geography, Vol. 99, No. 4, (2008) pp. 506-507
  • ‘How Consumers’ Culture and Diverse Personal Values Influence the Country-of-Origin Effect’ ‘Opportunities from Ethnic Diversity: Food Marketing in the Age of Fusion and Fragmentation’, ed. A Lindgreen, M Hingley, and V A Frietas de Paula, Gower Publishing (2008)

Food Desert and Food Justice Website

  • The website www.fooddeserts.org explicates a range of topical issues and developments connected with the food desert phenomenon, in the UK and worldwide. It covers the definition and development of food deserts, physical access to healthy food retailing, the evolution of food retailing from small shops and from supermarkets, and associated financial changes.
  • In additionwww.fooddeserts.org provides historical and social resources detailing demographic, economic, political, social and technological changes worldwide, by date-series, by country, and by socio-economic topics. Data is also presented in choropleth map form. These materials constitute a useful research and teaching resource.
  • This site currently attracts around 3,500 visitors per month and is ranked in the top 1% of websites worldwide (Webuka).