Dr Ellen Evans


Job Title: Reader in Food Safety Behaviour
Room No: D1.31
Telephone: + 44 (0)29 2020 5836
Email: elevans@cardiffmet.ac.uk


As a Reader in Food Safety Behaviour at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, I am actively involved with food safety research relating to three key areas: consumer food safety in the domestic setting; food safety culture in the food manufacturing industry and food service sector, and food safety education and communication in healthcare settings.

The relationship between people and food fascinates me. I am particularly intrigued by the influence of human knowledge and perceptions upon behaviour, and the subsequent impact upon food safety; this interest spans from food handlers in the food sector through to the consumer in the domestic environment.

I conduct various aspects of food safety research from microbiological analysis, the development and evaluation of food safety education intervention strategies, to assessing food safety compliance in the food industry using covert observation methods, and observation of food safety practices in the innovative model domestic kitchen at the Food Industry Centre.

I supervise BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD and Prof Doc student projects relating to food safety at Cardiff Met, The Ohio State University and Swansea University.

I am involved with the organisation of research conferences, contribute to television and radio, and I am on the editorial board for two international food safety journals.

Prior to commencing my academic career, I trained as a professional chef and worked at one of the best restaurants in Wales. My skills were recognised and awarded by the Culinary Association of Wales. I hold a first-class honours degree in Food and Consumer Science from the University of Wales.

I was the 2009 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Award to conduct my PhD research, which investigated older adults’ domestic food handling and storage practices associated with the risk of listeriosis. Subsequent post-doctoral research expanded into other ‘at-risk’ and vulnerable consumer groups.​


Evans, E. W. & Redmond, E. C. (2014) Behavioural Risk Factors Associated With Listeriosis in the Home: A Review of Consumer Food Safety Studies. Journal of Food Protection. 77(3) pp 510 – 521. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-13-238

Evans, E. W. & Redmond, E. C. (2015). Analysis of Older Adults' Domestic Kitchen Storage Practices in the United Kingdom: Identification of Risk Factors Associated with Listeriosis. Journal of Food Protection, 78(4), 738-745. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-14-527

Evans, E. W. & Redmond, E. C. (2016) Older adult consumers' knowledge, attitudes and self-reported storage practices of ready-to-eat food products and the risks associated with listeriosis. Journal of Food Protection, 79(2), 263-272 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-15-312

Evans, E. (2016). Older adults' domestic kitchen practices associated with an increased risk of listeriosis. Perspectives in Public Health 136(4): 199-201. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1757913916649818

Evans, E. (2016). Domestic kitchen risk factors of listeriosis among older-adult consumers. Microbiologist 17(1): 14 - 17.

Evans, E. and E. Redmond (2016). Time-Temperature Profiling of United Kingdom Consumers’ Domestic Refrigerators. Journal of Food Protection 79(12): 2119 – 2127. DOI: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-16-270

Evans, E. W. and E. C. Redmond (2017). An assessment of food safety information provision for UK chemotherapy patients to reduce the risk of foodborne infection. Public Health 153(12): 25-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.06.017

External Links

Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) (Member from 2010 to present)

International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) (Member from 2012 to present)

Food Safety Education Professional Development Group (Committee member from 2012 to present)

Early Career Scientist Committee (Events Officer from 2013 to present)

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (Member of the Welsh National College community of scholars from 2014 to present)



ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre