Abigail Wincott is a journalist lecturing in media theory and production.
Wincott specialises in factual programming and researches heritage in the lifestyle media.
Wincott has published on professional media gatekeepers in the digital age, discourses of tradition and heritage in narratives of austerity and food poverty, and alternative food movements.
Her current research is concerned with interrogating discourses of heritage and tradition within lifestyle media and alternative food movements and also with the uses of cultural heritage in regeneration and gentrification. She is currently working on the AHRC funded European Waterways Heritages project with the Canal and Rivers Trust and also developing a project to use arts and media methods to map lost urban food production with Hastings Bites Back community researchers and artists.
She currently leads the Brighton and Sussex Food Research Network at Brighton https://bsufn.com
Wincott, Abigail (2017) Constructing risk and guardianship: The discourses of heritage seeds, fruit and vegetables Doctoral thesis, University of Brighton.
Wincott, Abigail (2016) The allotment in the restaurant: the paradox of foodie austerity and changing food values In: Bennett, P. and McDougall, J., eds. Popular culture and the austerity myth: hard times today. Research in Cultural and Media Studies . Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 28-41. ISBN 9781138942943
Wincott, Abigail (2015) Heritage in danger or mission accomplished? Diverging accounts of endangerment, conservation and ‘heritage’ vegetables in print and online Food, Culture and Society, 18 (4). pp. 569-588. ISSN 1552-8014
Wincott, Abigail and Griffin, Kathleen (2013) Interactivity beyond the Newsroom: a study of the interactive relationship in two BBC radio productions In: Gulyas, A. and Hammer, F., eds. Public service media in the digital age: international perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, UK, pp. 69-88. ISBN 1443853038
Wincott, A. (under contract, for publication 2019) Growing Heritage: The politics of heritage vegetables, seeds and fruit. Routledge.
Wincott, A. (revised and resubmitted) Treasure in the vault: Enclosure, profit and the revival of ‘heritage’ foods. International Journal of Cultural Studies.
Wincott, A. (for publication 2018) When carrots become posh: Untangling the relationship between ‘alternative’ foods and social distinction. In M. Phillipov and K. Kirkwood (Eds) Alternative Food Politics: From the margins to the mainstream. Routledge.
‘Castles and roses: challenging the visual regime of canal heritage-led regeneration’, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 29 Aug–1 Sept 2017, London
The rise and rise of the heritage vegetable. Nerd Night, Patterns Night Club, Brighton, June 2016