Programme Leader, MSc Gastronomy

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Stan Blackley (MSc) is a Lecturer in the Queen Margaret Business School.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

Before joining QMU, Stan gained more than 25 years experience as an environmental and political campaigner, communications adviser and community organiser. He worked in campaigning and communications roles for a variety of campaigning organisations, such as Greenpeace, the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, and more recently as Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland and Director of Communities for the Yes Scotland campaign.

He joined QMU in 2014 to study the MSc Gastronomy course after which he was employed as a lecturer, to contribute his knowledge and expertise on issues such as sustainability, the environment, politics and society.

Stan has run his own campaigning communications consultancy for 20 years and is a consultant for a number of campaigning and charitable organisations involved in sustainability and social issues, as well as being a Director of a political research organisation, a low-carbon-related social enterprise and a number of food-related social enterprises and charities.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Member: Food and Climate Research Network (FCRN)
  • Member: Food Research Collaboration (FRC)
  • Member: Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRIEd)

Professional Social Media:

  • Facebook: /qmugastronomy
  • Twitter: @qmugastronomy
  • LinkedIn: /qmu-msc-gastronomy

 

Current interests include: how food shapes the world around us and the influence and impacts it has on society, culture and the environment, how food is understood and represented in the media and popular culture, and used more generally to communicate, food’s role in indigenous cultures and the transmission of traditional knowledge, and wider issues of power, control, security and sovereignty within the food system.

Active research projects:

  • Lead researcher on the Crofting Diversity Pays project, a research partnership involving the Scottish Crofting Federation, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture and croft-based food businesses to develop and test new ideas that will add diversity and value to traditional crofting crops.

Active research interests:

  • Food systems and foodways, including food sustainability, food security, food sovereignty and food culture/s.
  • The impacts of the food system on climate change, the environment, natural resources and biodiversity, and vice versa.
  • The impacts of the food system on communities and culture, including indigenous cultures, traditional knowledge and biocultural diversity.
  • The representation of food in film and media, and the use of food to simplify and communicate complex and technical issues.

 

Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Funded projects:

Currently lead researcher on the Crofting Diversity Pays project, a research partnership involving the Scottish Crofting Federation, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture and croft-based food businesses to develop and test new ideas that will add diversity and value to traditional crofting crops. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (specifically the Social Innovation Fund) as part of the Scottish Government’s Growing the Social Economy Programme.

Currently Currently investigating the cultural impacts of the loss of (or lack of access to) a traditional, indigenous food source on four tribes of native American Indians. Research funded by Santander through QMU.

I teach topics that relate to food production, sustainability, systems, science, culture and communication at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Teaching across all modules of the MSc Gastronomy course:

Teaching:

  • BM125: Food and Culture (module coordinator)
  • BM126: Food Production (module coordinator)
  • BM127: Food Communication
  • BM128: Food and Drink in Scotland
  • BM129: The Food System (module coordinator)
  • BM038: Gastronomy Project (module coordinator)
  • BM104: Research Methods
  • B4099: Undergraduate Honours Dissertation
  • t.b.c.: Postgraduate Masters Dissertation