Mara Miele’s research addresses the geographies of ethical foods consumption and the role of animal welfare science and technology in challenging the role of farmed animals in current agricultural practices and policies. In recent years she has worked with a large interdisciplinary network of social and animal welfare scientists for developing innovative forms of critical public engagement with science that produced the EU animal welfare standard (Welfare Quality). In 2012 Mara Miele received the Ashby prize for the paper Miele, M. (2011) ‘The taste of happiness: free range chicken’, Environment and Planning A, 43 (9) 2070-2090. Other recent publications include. Between food and flesh: how animals are made to matter (and not to matter) within food consumption practices ’Environment and Planning D- Society and Space, 2012, 30(2), pp. 298-314, with Adrian Evans and ‘Civilizing the Market for Welfare Friendly Products? The Techno-Ethic of the Welfare Quality Assessment’, in press, Geoforum, with John Lever. Now she is taking forward this work with the new EU funded project EUWelNet for establishing a European research network of excellence and pilot European Animal Welfare Research Centre.
Editor in chief – International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food