Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health

There is hardly a week goes by without some food and health issue hitting the headlines, from BSE and genetically modified foods to increasing obesity and functional foods. One thing which all of these issues have in common is the role of public responses and behaviours as well as the biological science underlying them. In addition to an understanding of the fundamental biological effects of foods and nutrients on health there is a crucial need to understand consumer behaviour and choice of foods and to integrate these insights with those from the biological sciences.

Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health is a multidisciplinary Research Centre which offers a solution to integrating the social and biological sciences needed to address these crucial issues. The major driving force behind the Research Centre is the need to translate basic biological knowledge on food safety, diet and health in order to facilitate the improvement of people's lives.

There are three strands to achieving this overall goal:

  • Identifying biological knowledge which is applicable: the nature of nutrient needs, the influence of nutrient intake and the impact of non-nutrients on health
  • Understanding individual human behaviour and social influences: consumer attitudes, perceptions and behaviour and the impact of society
  • Accounting for the economic and management realities of delivering food to the public: management within the food sector and its impact on consumer choice



FCBH are pleased to be part of the EuroDISH project’s final conference, 15th May 2015, EXPO Milano in Italy!

EuroDISH aims to strengthen research and improve knowledge for public health nutrition strategies across Europe. To this end, it is assessing the needs for food and health research infrastructures and will provide recommendations for the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and other stakeholders.

The final results from EuroDISH will be discussed on 15th May 2015, during the ‘Food, Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing’ week in the EXPO pavilion of the European Commission. The EXPO is themed ‘Feed the Planet, Energy for Life’, and around 20 million visitors are expected over a 6 month period. EuroDISH will propose the research infrastructure needed to advance food and health research, after the end of the three-year project, which receives funding from the European Commission. Relevant initiatives, like the Joint Programming Initiative 'A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life' (JPI HDHL), FP7 project FoodManufuture, and the European Science Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), will explain how EuroDISH findings relate to societal and scientific challenges in the food and health domain and to other research infrastructures. This is a unique opportunity to discuss the steps required to make this conceptual design a reality!

Are you a policy maker, funder or researcher in the food and health domain? Then please contact Kerry Brown ( and/or see the EuroDISH website for further details.

EuroDISH project flyer (344.16KB - Requires Adobe Reader)


Designing Law for Nutrition-Related Health

Monday 8 June 2015,  and Tuesday 9 June 2015
University of Surrey

Is EU Legislation Adequate to Support Nutrition and Health?

A Multidisciplinary Assessment of Styles of Regulation in Food Law.

This multi-disciplinary workshop seeks to initiate the development of a model which can improve regulatory design for nutrition and health needs in food law.

For more information and to register please go to this link Designing Law for Nutrition-Related Health workshop.


Contact Us


Professor Monique Raats

Postal address

Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health
University of Surrey

Tel: (+44) 01483 689994
Fax: (+44) 01483 689553

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