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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Patrick Gould

Patrick graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2012 with a First Class BA (Hons) Geography.

After working for a supermarket and studying for his MSc in social change here at the University of Manchester, he received a scholarship for the SCI doctoral programme in 2014.

Research title

One potato, two potato, three many more? The (Dis)Uses of Waste and Surplus in the UK Potato Industry

Research project

Patrick Gould

Patrick's PhD research follows the potato across the UK. From farms to factories and the spaces in between, his research investigates the reasons and development of overproduction, surplus, and waste in contemporary food regimes.

Research interests

His research interests span sociology, economics and geography, focussing primarily on:

  • Sociologies of excess and surplus
  • Critical commodity chain analysis
  • Posthumanist methodologies

Patrick applies these interests to food inequalities, environmental justice and the futures of food production.


U. Ehgartner, P. Gould and M. Hudson (2017)  On the Obsolescence of Human Beings in Sustainable Development, Global Discourse, 7, 66-83.