Research Funding 2018-2019

Research Funding 2018-2019

The research for this study was supported by the British Education Studies Association (BESA). Following a successful application for research funding, the first BESA early career research grant was awarded which led to supporting the research project titled ‘Free School Meals and culinary capital’. The principal investigator of this project was Dr Gurpinder Singh Lalli, who currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

The research involved carrying out an ethnographic case study to explore notions of culinary capital at one academy school in the West Midlands, UK. The project started in December 2018 and lasted for 12 months. Overall, the report highlights the literature, research questions, methodology and key preliminary findings. For further information regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Gurpinder Singh Lalli is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies at University of Wolverhampton. Gurpinder has a vested interest in the sociology of education with a particular focus on school dining halls as learning spaces. In 2017, he successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Leicester in the School of Education. Recent works include a journal article in the Cambridge Journal of Education and a book titled Schools, Food and Social Learning, published by Routledge in October 2019.