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Food fraud risks in UK supply chain networks

Project Description

Project details:

Food supply networks are flooded within increasingly varied, sophisticated, and dangerous fraud schemes. Although companies have become quite good at managing predictable food safety risks, many have a false sense of security about their ability to anticipate and deal with more hazardous, intentional threats. This project deals with the unravelling of the extent of these food fraud threats and their underlying factors. The aim is to elucidate food product traits as well as company and sector characteristics that increase the risk of food fraud. This may be, for instance, the ease to adulterate a product, the ethical business culture in a company, and social control in a branch of industry. Operators in various chains and nodes in UK chains will be assessed with the SSAFE food fraud vulnerability assessment tool, which is based on a well-known criminological theory. The data will lead to an extensive map that allows pinpointing of vulnerable businesses and their characteristics. Fraud prevalence data from existing databases will allow for comparison between fraud vulnerability data and actual prevalence. The two sets of data will be used to optimise fraud risk prediction.

This project will be supervised by Professor Saskia van Ruth (Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences/Institute for Global Food Security), Professor Graham Ellison (Queen’s University School of Law), and Professor Chris Elliott (Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences/Institute for Global Food Security).

All applications MUST be submitted through https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php.

Specific skills/experience required by applicants:

Food science or criminology background.

All applicants must meet the academic entry requirements: https://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-research/biological-sciences-phd.html#entry

Funding Notes

Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply. Before applying, it is strongly recommended that you read the full information on eligibility criteria available from DfE: View Website.

Please note in particular that not all successful applicants may be eligible to receive a full studentship (i.e. fees and stipend) - please read in detail the Residency and Citizenship requirements in the document linked to above.

How good is research at Queen’s University Belfast in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.40

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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