Food labelling to advance better education for life (FLABEL)
This research will examine the factors that influence the efficacy of food risk and dietary communications directed at young people in adolescence (13-16 years). The project will study 3000-4000 young people in the 13-16 age range, sampled randomly from schools drawn from geographical locations that ensure an adequate spread across all of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, reflecting urban and rural economic divisions.
We will employ both qualitative and quantitative methods. These will explore adolescent beliefs about food risks and nutritional information, barriers to the acceptance of expert communications and preferences for information sources. Adolescent appreciations of genetically modified foods will be a particular focus.
I previously worked at the Institute of Food Research, Health Education Authority and University of Oxford. My expertise is in the area of public health and behavioural nutrition research, gained on a variety of projects. My research is wide ranging both in terms of topics covered (e.g. food choice, policy development, food safety) and methodologies used (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, stakeholder consultation). I have also been involved in the evaluation of health promotion programmes and developing tools for use in nutrition education.
Since my arrival in 2000, I have played an instrumental role in the success of the University of Surrey’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, securing over £5.4M of research funding, of which over £3.3M as PI. With a start-up investment of £250K in 2000, the centre has brought over £7.1M into the University.
To date I have published over 125 refereed papers, numerous non-refereed publications including 20 book chapters and have edited two booksand edited two books ("The Psychology of Food Choice" (2006) and "Food for the Ag(e)ing Population" (1st edition 2009; 2nd edition 2016).
I am one of the founding members, member of the Board of Directors (2001-2006) and was secretary (2004-2006) of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The society was set up to combine interests in diet and physical activity; and to stimulate, promote and advocate innovative research and policy in the area. The society now plays an important role in fostering excellence in research in this field through its annual meetings and journal called the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Dr Julie Barnett
Dr Christina Clark
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