What are community fridges?
Community fridges are refrigerators located in a public space, for example in a neighborhood or community centre. These refrigerators enable food to be shared within a community. In The Hague, community fridges are utilized primarily to share left-overs from restaurants with people facing hardship, with the goal of offering easy access to fresh, nutritious food. The initiative aims to simultaneously reduce poverty and food waste. To read more about the specific case in The Hague, visit their website: https://www.versenvrij.nl/
Interested in writing your master thesis about this initiative?
In cooperation with LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center – Campus The Hague), we are searching for a master student who wants to do a thesis research about community fridges in The Hague.
Topic 1: To explore user experiences and the role of these fridges in addressing food insecurity.
Topic 2: To explore how users manage risk and safety in the distribution of surplus food, and the care of community fridges.
We will encourage you to actively design your own research and hope you are eager to use various methods.
You are :
- interested in the issues of food insecurity and food waste
- willing to engage actively in designing a research about community fridges
- willing to conduct research in The Hague (think about travel-costs)
- experienced in doing qualitative research; e.g. participant observation, semi-structured interviews, the photo-voice method, focus groups
- interested in mixed methods; combining qualitative with quantitative data (e.g. surveys or questionnaires)
- a native Dutch speaker and willing to write your thesis in English
- able to start this spring (possible to start immediately)