FOOD SECURITY RESEARCHER

Our food system is not secure, and waste and hunger are persistent in a modern city like Hong Kong. How can we reduce food waste and rescue surpluses in an equitable and sustainable way?
— Daisy Tam, on her TEDxWanChai talk titled 'How "Secure" is Food? The Case of Hong Kong'
Daisy Tam is a Hong Kong-based academic researcher specialising in ethical food practices and urban food systems. She is driven to search for a more ethical, equitable, and sustainable food system at a city level.

Daisy Tam is an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University where she teaches and does research on ethical food practices and urban food systems.  Her critical engagement with food began in London where she did her PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths. For five years, she worked in Borough Market as part of her field research, where she learnt from fellow traders about the production, distribution, consumption and disposal of food. Since her return to Hong Kong, Daisy has taken the question to the level of the city and is driven to search for a more ethical, equitable, and sustainable model of food system.

Daisy’s current project on food waste looks at the potential of collective (crowd) food rescue practices. She has lectured in Berlin, London, and Amsterdam, and done countless workshops in Hong Kong with schools, the elderly and community centres. Daisy believes that academic research should benefit society and strives to bring her work to a wider audience.