Ms Sharon Ball

Job: PhD student

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

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

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Personal profile

A professional background in the public sector initially as a youth worker and later working within the fields of contract and project management. Returned to university as a mature student to complete an MA in Global Development Futures. The dissertation focused on the surplus food redistribution process following the flow of food from corporate donors to redistributors and on to organisations working directly with people in need or crisis. This study provided the inspiration for the PhD research.

Research interests/expertise

Food Justice, sustainable food systems, food aid and surplus food redistribution, governance and inter-organisational working in informal welfare networks.


  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Southampton Solent University.
  • MA Global Development Futures, Queen Mary University London (QMUL).
  • Professional membership as a Practitioner with the Chartered Quality Institute (PCQI).

Honours and awards

The research has been awarded a fee-waiver scholarship by the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA).

PhD project


Examining adaptations in practices and language of surplus food redistribution in independent food aid providers.

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Julia Shaw and Dr Adam Fishwick