Symposium on Social Science in the Food Standards Agency

An interactive symposium to showcase the breadth of social science in FSA and future outlook.

In November 2017, the FSA hosted an interactive symposium to showcase the breadth of social science in the Agency and its future direction. This event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science

Sessions for the day focused on a range of key themes, including: protecting consumer interests in relation to food, ensuring food is safe to eat and what it says it is, and being an excellent, accountable and modern regulator.


10:00 Registration

10:30 Welcome

10:40 FSA priorities, Professor Guy Poppy, FSA Chief Scientist

11:00 Social science capability and future outlook, Prof. Ragnar Lofstedt, King's College London

11:30 Break with refreshments

Being an excellent, accountable and modern regulator

12:00 Introduction

12:10 FSA/ BEIS ‘Communicating for Compliance’ randomised control trial

12:25 Applying behavioural insights to reform official controls

12:40 Q&A

12:50 Lunch and opportunity to view stalls/posters

Ensuring food is safe to eat

14:00 Introduction

14:10 Efficacy of the food withdrawal and recall system in the UK retails sector: insight and outlook

14:25 Regulating food in the platform economy: understanding and governing Emerging online marketplaces for food

14:40 Consumers’ perceptions and acceptability of food related risks

14:55 Q&A

Protecting consumer interests
15:05 Introduction

15:15 Estimates and use of Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) for food safety risks

15:30 Profile and practices of people with food allergies: insights from Food and You

15:45 Applying innovative methods: using Twitter to predict Norovirus outbreaks

16:00 Q&A

16:10 Panel discussion

16:30-17:30 Drinks/ networking