Scoping Review on Research on Food conducted in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Including other Institutions in the Norwich Research Park and Beyond

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Abstract

Executive summary
The scoping review was commissioned to examine what research on food has been conducted in the Faculty of Social Sciences (SSF) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) since 2005.

The aim of the report is to facilitate collaborative research between SSF and the rest of the Norwich Research Park (NRP), in particular, the Institute of Food Research (IFR). However, it is important to contextualise this beyond the NRP as the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (EARC) provides further opportunities for collaboration. The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge is also included because of its research on diet and physical activity.

Main Findings
Research on food conducted within the NRP is heavily biased toward biological sciences. Whereas, research conducted on food within SSF focuses on the psychosocial aspects of food production, purchasing, labelling and safety and the food environment.

There are opportunities for collaboration with SSF potential for collaboration with IFR to research psychosocial and marketing aspects of food sustainability and crop development, especially with reference to climate change, personalised nutrition, fish consumption and gut health.

In addition schools in SSF could develop research that includes psychological cognitions, the effects of education, inequalities, economics and marketing on food choice. Target populations should be older people, especially as the UEA is well placed to research in Norfolk with its growing elderly population, men and young people. Furthermore, there is a need to develop interventions to improve the diet of particular demographic groups, such as families and young people.
Original languageEnglish
TypeScoping review
Number of pages91
Publication statusUnpublished - 2014

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