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merisa thompson

Merisa S. Thompson

PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies


Merisa is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of the West Indies, in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. Her doctoral research focuses on unraveling the power dynamics of the material and cultural struggles over food in the Caribbean. Her work crosses critical and feminist political economy and the study of food and agriculture. She holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Sociological Research Methods from the University of Sheffield. Previously Merisa worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University and as a Researcher at the National Children’s Bureau in London.


Working Title for Dissertation

The Politics of Food and Power in the Caribbean

Graduate Research Seminars

Between State and Capital:Gender and the Political Economyof Food in Trinidad, June 3, 2015


Areas of research interest

gender, politics and power

food, agriculture and the environment

international political economy

critical and feminist epistemology


Recent Conference Papers and Posters

Thompson, M. What are the politics of food in the English-speaking Caribbean? Poster presented at the annual conference for the British Sociological Association, Food Study Group, 2/3rd July, 2012 The British Library, London - prize for the best postgraduate poster.

Thompson, M. Mapping the Caribbean in the global food system. Paper presented at the 37th Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, 28th May, 2012 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.

Thompson, M. The socio-environmental nexus: a proposal for the study of Trinidad and Tobago, Researching the Caribbean: A Research Student Workshop, 13th May, 2011 Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, UK.