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Professor Dan Rigby appointed to the FSA's Social Science Research Committee

19 November 2015

The Food Standards Agency has announced that Professor Dan Rigby (Environmental Economics) has been appointed as an Expert Member to their Social Science Research Committee (SSRC).

The Food Standards Agency has announced that Professor Dan Rigby (Environmental Economics) has been appointed as an Expert Member to their Social Science Research Committee (SSRC).

He has been appointed for an initial three year term which will run to March 2018.

The Committee provides advice to the Agency about how it gathers and uses social science evidence.              

Its role is:

  • to advise how social science can best contribute to meeting the Agency’s Strategic Plans
  • to advise and critically assess how the Agency gathers and uses social science evidence and advice;
  • to draw on wider expertise as appropriate to provide independent critique on social science based evidence;
  • to keep the Agency in touch with relevant social science activity both in the UK and internationally.

Dan Rigby said:

'The establishment of the FSA’s Social Science Research Committee (SSRC) in 2008 helped to strengthen the Agency’s access to external social science expertise and develop its capacity for social science research.

The Social Sciences have a crucial role to play alongside other disciplines such as Microbiology and Epidemiology in helping to ensure that food is safe to eat and that regulation and enforcement are appropriately designed.

The importance of the Social Sciences reflects the need to understand the behaviour of people, as well as pathogens, when we try to reduce the burden of foodborne disease.'

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