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Miss Katie Morris

DCAD Fellow

LLM International Development Law and Human Rights, LLB (Hons)

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DCAD Fellow in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)  
Member of the Durham Law School  


Katie is a PhD Candidate and Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Public Law Centre. She returned to Durham University, where she graduated with a First-Class degree in Law (LLB), after obtaining a Distinction in International Development Law and Human Rights (LLM) at the University of Warwick. Katie was awarded a Durham Law School PhD Studentship and is a previous recipient of the University of Warwick’s Law School LLM Scholarship for Outstanding Students. She is a previous Part-Time Tutor in Trusts Law and Foundation Fellow.

Current Research

Katie’s primary research interest is in the right to food. Her PhD is a continuation of her LLM dissertation, in which she examined the impact of the intersection of class and race upon child food security prior to, and during, the COVID-19 pandemic. Katie’s thesis similarly explores the systemic inequalities in access to food in the UK, examining the effect of the state’s austerity measures upon racialised minorities, children, women and people with disabilities. She engages with live issues including the commodification of food and the subsequent rise in food banks, particularly amongst the cost of living crisis. Her research seeks to investigate the potential utility of introducing a care ethics framework into the right to food to improve the latter’s realisation within the UK and to redress the aforementioned disparities in the current enjoyment of the right.

Research Groups

Human Rights and Public Law Centre

Centre for Law and Global Justice

Centre for Law and Philosophy

Research interests

  • Right to Food
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Care Ethics

Research groups

  • Durham Centre for Law and Philosophy


Book review

Conference Paper

  • Morris, Katie (2023), Cultural/Consumer Acceptability: An opportunity for the inclusion of marginalised voices in the realisation of the right to food, UGENT Human Rights Research Network, 'The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75: Rethinking and Constructing its Future Together'. Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Morris, Katie (2023), Vulnerability, Care Ethics and Socioeconomic Rights under Article 3 ECHR, Intensive Doctoral Week. Sciences Po, Paris.
  • Morris, Katie (2023), Hungry for more than just an education: food insecurity among university students in the UK, SLSA Annual Conference 2023. Ulster University, Northern Ireland.
  • Morris, Katie (2023), Rethinking children's right to food through Tronto's political theory of care, Siracusa Second Doctoral Seminar on International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. Siracusa International Institute, Sicily.
  • Morris, Katie (2023), 'Right to Food' cities: the role of local governments in the fight against hunger, Northern UK Human Rights Network Works in Progress Session. University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Morris, Katie (2022), Food Oppression in the United Kingdom: A study of structural race and income-based health inequalities, SLS-sponsored Collaborative Workshop for PhD Students and Early Career Researchers in Labour Law, Migration & Asylum, Human Rights, and Public Law. University of Bristol, England.
  • Morris, Katie (2022), Young and Hungry: School Meal Policies and Children's Right to Food in the UK and Ireland, ESRAN-UKI June 2022 Conference. University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Morris, Katie (2022), Faces of Hunger: An Intersectional Approach to Children's Right to Food in the UK, SLSA Annual Conference 2022. University of York, England.

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Morris, Katie (2022). From Master's thesis to journal article: Reflections on my experience publishing with the JLS. Journal of Law and Society Blog.