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Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (NSAFSS)

The NSAFSS Group is an interdisciplinary group that focuses on real world application of scientific research in nutritional sciences and food safety.

Our research links with UCLan research themes of Lifelong Health and Wellbeing, Citizenship, Society and Justice, Sustainability, Business and Enterprise, and People, Place and Environment. Broadly, our work spans elements of health protection and health promotion within the fields of Applied Public Health and Global Development.

We have a broad base of knowledge and skills across science, health, social sciences and practice and we work with interdisciplinary research teams within UCLan and with external collaborators. Our research links with many national and international organisations, including external university collaborations, work with regional and international charities and health care groups, food supply chain stakeholders and food businesses.

The NSAFSS Group is the home for two main research strands:

  • Nutritional Sciences led by Professor Nicola Lowe

Undertaking internationally based research in the areas of micronutrient deficiencies (Hidden Hunger), dietary recommendations, and relationships between diet and health. We strive to achieve equitable partnerships with our international partners, and have strong collaborative research links in Pakistan, through our externally funded research programmes. We support MSc and PhD research degrees.

  • Applied Food Safety Studies led by Professor Carol Wallace

Applied research and consultancy at the leading edge of supply chain food safety. Areas of research interest include food safety culture, food safety management systems/HACCP effectiveness, food security, food fraud and integrity, allergen risk management, and causes of food outbreaks and incidents. This includes the perspectives of consumers, food supply chain stakeholders such as auditors, private standards owners, regulators and food businesses, from larger multinational manufacturers through to small food producers and caterers.

Our research has informed international policy and practice regarding food safety management, dietary micronutrient recommendations and management of malnutrition.

For example:

We publish high-quality research in peer-reviewed international journals and have authored and edited a number of widely acclaimed books. (See CLoK for NSAFSS member publications)

Research Student Members

  • Anna Brazier
  • Gurjit Shergill
  • Ijeoma Ukonu

Our research focuses on real world impact for advancing and enhancing the health of individuals and families and the safety and security of food supplies. Examples of our research projects in nutritional sciences and applied food safety studies include: .


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