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The modern global agri-food sector faces challenges such as increasing forced labour, food insecurity, climate change, scarcity of natural resources and reducing the carbon footprint. One approach to tackle this issue is through sustainable intensification (SI) where agricultural yields are maximised without adverse environmental impacts. However, the social sustainability dimension is often ignored. Global slavery generates over £116bn in profits every year, more than one-third of which is generated in developed countries, including the EU and the UK. My research interest lies in understanding how the agri-food supply chain can be made more resilient to the challenges of forced labour, food security (within vulnerable communities), and rising carbon footprint by adopting a people-centred approach. I am interested in understanding how we could design the modern agri-food system to become socially sustainable and resilient while promoting a culture of teamwork and shared responsibility within communities...
I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Member of 'SALUS: the Food Safety Culture Research Group', a research group comprised of researchers concerned with improving local, national and global food safety cultures.
I am always keen to learn more about applying human factors methods across the food and labour industries, so whether you have similar interests, or want to find out more, please feel free to get in touch with me.
Areas of Research Interest:
1. Social Sustainability, Carbon Footprint and Agriculture 4.0
2. Modern slavery and Forced Labour
3. Food Safety Culture
4. Food Fraud & Crime
5. Ethical behaviour in the agri-food supply chainmore
- Nayak, R., Manning, L. and Waterson, P., 2022. Exploration of the fipronil in egg contamination incident in the Netherlands using the Functional Resonance Analysis Method. Food Control, 133.
- Woodward, M., Nayak, R. and McCulloch, P., 2022. Radiography as a sociotechnical system – improving patient identification with a multi-level human factors approach. Safety Science.
- Nayak, R. and Manning, L., 2021. Forgotten children: a socio-technical systems analysis of the 2004 and 2015 forced child labour reports from Indian cottonseed farms. Trends in Organized Crime.
- Thatcher, A., Nayak, R. and Waterson, P., 2020. Human factors and ergonomics systems-based tools for understanding and addressing global problems of the twenty-first century. Ergonomics, 63 (3), 367-387.
- Nayak, R. and Waterson, P., 2019. Global food safety as a complex adaptive system: Key concepts and future prospects. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 91, 409-425.
- Nayak, R. and Taylor, J.Z., 2018. Food safety culture – the food inspectors’ perspective. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 10 (3), 376-381.
- Nayak, R. and Waterson, P., 2017. The Assessment of Food Safety Culture: An investigation of current challenges, barriers and future opportunities within the food industry. Food Control, 73, 1114-1123.
- Nayak, R. and Waterson, P., 2016. 'When Food Kills': A socio-technical systems analysis of the UK Pennington 1996 and 2005 E. coli O157 Outbreak reports. Safety Science, 86, 36-47.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Environmental Law and Social Justice
- Green Technology and Renewable Energy
- Edible Food Waste Reduction: Using STFC Technology In Food Valorisation to Integrate Excess Food in Local Communities (UTILISE) (Science and Technology Facilities Council [2006-2012], 01 Feb 2022). Awarded
- United Kingdom and Brazil INterventions for Food Loss and Waste Education in Secondary Schools (BINLESS): A case study of collaboration between schools from Brazil and United Kingdom (British Council, 01 Feb 2022). Awarded
- What’s the beef?: Reducing Carbon Emissions in Beef Supply Chains by decentralising the carbon value chain (Morrisons-Harper Adams University Sustainability Challenge, 01 Nov 2021). In Progress
- A multidimensional evaluation platform for Brazil’s national school feeding program (British Council, 01 Oct 2021). In Progress
- Norwegian Research Council, Reviewer (2021-)
- Sustainability, Anonymous peer review, 01 Dec 2021
- Food Control, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jan 2016
- PhD in Human Factos and Complex Systems (Loughborough University, 2018)
- MSc in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management (University of Birmingham, 2014)
- BEng (Hons) in Biotechnology (Vellore Institute of Technology, 2013)
- Higher Education Academy, Associate (2021-),
- Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Fellow (2021-),
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Member (2016-),