Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Dr Helen Kendall

Viscount Runciman Research Fellow


I am the current Viscount Runciman research fellow within the Food and Society Group headed by Professor Lynn Frewer within the School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University. Research within the group focuses on is focused on research in all areas of food and society, including those subjects which require transdisciplinary collaboration between the social and natural sciences, and translating research results into actionable policy recommendations.  

My research expertise lies  in understanding consumer behaviour in relation to food. As a mixed-method researcher I have experience in:  

  • Employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies to understand attitudes and behaviours related to food, (for example, in relation microbiological food hazards,  food authenticity and societal and consumer responses to emerging food production technologies and behaviour change)
  • Understanding and measuring societal and individual responses to risks and benefits associated with food, (particularly in relation to microbiological food safety)  

  • Stakeholder analysis and scientific foresight regarding research agenda setting, policy and governance in the area of emerging food technologies, and food and agricultural policy issues

I currently work on a range of EU Seventh Framework funded research projects including: FOODINTEGRITY, PreSto GMO, Collab4Safety and PERARES.