Festival of Politics: Cost of Living Crisis - Food & Fuel as Legal Human Rights?

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The United Nations sets out the right to food provision as a basic human right, while increasing numbers of pressure groups believe the right to nutritious food and ability to heat our homes should also be legally enforceable human rights.

The University of Aberdeen is working with the Scottish Parliament to support the 2022 Festival of Politics. 

This event, for which the University is the official partner, will examine the policy tools available to governments; and ask how would the right to food and fuel join the existing protections and rights on privacy, freedom and ability to challenge unfairness?


Zara Mohammed graduated with an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Strathclyde and is based in Glasgow. She was elected as the youngest and first female Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain in January 2021. Zara has served on the executive team of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) was elected the first female President for the term 2016-17.


Professor John Skåtun is the current Head of Economics at the Business School at the University of Aberdeen. John specialises in models of the labour market and though primarily a micro-theorist, his work has a strong policy focus. He has, with co-authors, published empirical articles on issues within labour economics. He was also Managing Editor of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Emma Congreve is Deputy Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde where she leads the Institute’s work on poverty, inequality, and inclusive growth. Emma previously held roles as a senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as an economic adviser within the Scottish Government. Her area of expertise is economic policy relating to low-income households.

Pete Ritchie is Executive Director with Nourish Scotland, a charity focussing on food policy and practice, working for a fair, healthy and sustainable food system that values nature and people. Pete has a background in community development and social policy and runs Whitmuir Organics with his partner. 

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