Ellie Atayee-Bennett (she/her)
University of Southampton


Research Interests
Vegan studies, sociology of religion, food studies, late modernity


Ellie is a PhD researcher in Sociology at the University of Southampton exploring the experiences of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim vegans in the UK and she is funded by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. She is interested in what is distinct about the religious vegan experience and what motivates religious individuals to embrace veganism. She is exploring various themes such as everyday experience, food practices, and understandings of both Abrahamic and vegan beliefs, practices, and values. She hopes her findings will also help to improve vegan advocacy efforts, so we can have more meaningful conversations with religious communities. She has an interdisciplinary supervisory team and draws on theory from sociology, anthropology, and geography in her research. She is a qualitative researcher and in her PhD, she is using a range of research methods, including semi-structured interviews, diary methods, participant observation, and an autoethnography. She is also co-founder of the recently founded organisation, Islamic Veg (www.islamicveg.org), which seeks to educate Muslims on a wide range of matters pertaining to veganism and debunk various myths that seem prevalent within the Muslim community.

Key Publications

Ellie’s progress can be followed on: Ellen Atayee-Bennett | University of Southampton – Academia.edu

Student supervision

Not qualified yet


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