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Bethan Thompson


Prior to returning to post-graduate study Bethan was a consultant at Accenture 2007 – 2012 working primarily in the public and international development sectors. She worked in a range of project management and analytical roles with a recent focus on agriculture and food value chains.

She holds an MSc Food Security (distinction), also from the University of Edinburgh and was awarded the prize for best overall contribution to the programme in 2014. Her dissertation analysed at consumer attitudes to reducing meat consumption and consuming meat substitute products. She also has a BA 2:1 (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

PhD Title

Impact of information on food waste in the Scottish dairy supply chain

PhD Overview 

Bethan is conducting a Ph.D. through SRUC and the University of Edinburgh on food waste in the dairy supply chain with funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs and the Environment Portfolio. Her research seeks to provide improved estimates of dairy food waste in Scotland; employ methods from economic efficiency analysis and behavioural economics to identify waste hotspots and analyse its determinants, in particular the role of information. This work will contribute to the identification of feasible food waste reductions and an understanding of the likely impacts of waste reduction activities.

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