Food Habits and Behaviours
Over the last 18 months, most of us have probably made either small or big changes to the way we shop or eat. From ordering online, to bulk buying, to splurging on luxuries to cheer ourselves up, to having to dramatically reduce our food budget, to an increasing reliance on takeaways; all of these behaviour changes require analysis and understanding.
Our work is focused on forming this understanding. By identifying food and eating trends, behaviour changes and habits within communities, the University and its partners are well placed to identify future societal challenges around food, health, and wellbeing, while also helping health authorities and industry capitalise and build upon positive behaviours.
Our combined passion for understanding behaviour change and the impact that food inequality has on people's lives means we are always looking ahead. We believe we have an important role to play in building a better future for our nation's communities.
How we're Powering Progress
Alumni Expert View: Supporting artisan food producers to break through barriers to success
Herts alumnus Keith Gill (MSc (Hons), 2015) talks about the significant impact of the pandemic on regional artisan food and drink producers.
Restrictions, lockdowns and food shopping
How has the pandemic affected local food systems on the ground and impacted people’s food shopping habits in the East of England?
How the pandemic impacted how we shop, cook and eat
The impact of COVID-19 has had positive and negative impacts on how consumers in the UK buy, cook and eat food.
Key facts: shopping habits and behaviours
A year of change, a look back on how the pandemic affected our eating habits and behaviours.
Helping local authorities deliver public health programmes that are fit for the future
How Herts is directly connecting local authorities with research experts to evaluate and provide guidance on public health initiatives.